Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Hallows' Evening Tablescape

Good day to all, and welcome to Panoply. As we prepare for the feast of All Hallows' Day, the table is set for the evening before, Hallows' Evening, or All Hallow' Eve, or All Saints' Eve.**
The skyline portends what the table will display - a mix of darkness and light, mystery, whimsy, and a bit of spectacle.
The moon, though waning crescent today (October 13th)....
....will be at full phase or, in the case this October 31, a blue moon (a second full moon in one month). You may be wise to not howl at the moon......
...or cross the path of black cats lurking in the moonlight, which seem to have magical powers this time of year, especially when witches are near.
Perhaps you'd rather choose to stay close to home where friendly gourds seem safe in their patch with their toothless grins. Or are they friendly? Or safe? mmmmmwwwwwahahahahahaha!!!!
When the crow caws, the bat flies, and the spider crawls......
....don't say you weren't warned by the harvest stars and moon phases....
You may even find yourself turning a little witchy, too!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Chloe Crabtree from the blog Celebrate and Decorate for inviting me to share this Halloween tablescape, together with the list of other blog stylists below. 
I encourage you to visit each one for their take on this Spooktacular event!
Panoply (you are here)
Each stylist has a distinctive way with tablescaping, and is sure to inspire. For my own designs, I most always mix vintage items from my Panoply inventory, along with household items (admittedly, sometimes they are interchangeable!). My source list is provided below for you to see the many ways by which I shop and gather inspiration, but not for monetization. 
Source List for Hallows' Evening Tablescape
Table runner - handmade by and purchased from Carole of From My Carolina Home
Black checked placemats - Crown Linen Designs
Black linen napkins as witches' hats - French Garden House
Courtly Check napkin rings - MacKenzie Childs
Flatware - Wegman's
Amber (acrylic) glassware - Pier 1
Black dinner plates - Dollar Tree
Salad plates - David Carter Brown Pumpkin Hollow - vintage (EBay)
Copper peat pots - vintage (estate sale)
Succulents - Hobby Lobby and Wayfair
Wooden candlesticks - vintage (estate sale) with 
DIY glass globes and spooky transparencies, as shown here
Thanks for your visit today, and I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. As always, I appreciate your readership!

**from The History channel:  "Halloween is the holiday celebrated on October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon All Saints' Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows' Eve, and later Halloween.Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, and donning costumes and eating treats."

40 comments:

  1. Oh such spooky fun Rita...such a wonderful blend of darkness and light, mystery, whimsy!
    Let me count the ways I love your table:
    • David Carter Brown Pumpkin Hollow!
    • Witch hat napkin folds with CC napkin rings! (why didn’t I think of that? :)
    • Gorgeous quilted table runner
    • Flatware
    • Fantastic orbs!
    It’s always a treat to join you at the table! So happy to be hopping with you again ♥

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  2. Rita, I was pulled into your dark, mysterious table and enjoyed every minute of the story you tell here of Halloween fun!! Your vintage Pumpkin Hollow plates are fabulous and I love the checks to set them off. Your candlestick globes are the bomb!! Perfect centerpiece set off by your runner!! Love it! It is always fun to see what you bring to the table with all of your wonderful vintage finds. Have a fun Halloween!!

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  3. Rita, Rita , Rita! Who'd ever guess you weren't totally into Halloween? I absolutely LOVE this tablescape, the place settings, napkin fold, plates, black and white accents, and oh that centerpiece!!! It all comes together for a spooktacular display. Outdid yourself my friend --- and that's saying something as you always set a wonderful theme or holiday table. Oh yes, and I loved your opening and text.

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  4. Wow Rita, your table is fabulous! You have created a spooky feeling with the black, amber and glowing gold lights, and the moon plates are so perfect! I appreciated all the info about the moon phases and origin of Halloween too. This table is one of my very favorites of yours, and all the wonderful special things you've combined are magical. {Carole's quilt, wow!} Of course you had me at black and white checks...😂
    Jenna

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  5. Rita, you are such a great writer and creative designer. Your unique take on the occasion shows your flair for design and creativity.
    I always love your vintage items and your eye for purchasing items that are pretty and have multiple uses. Your source list is a testament to that. I'm amazed at your fabulous ideas.

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  6. Rita, a great table and I love the black and white checks. You are a marvelously talented and creative soul. Wishing you a Happy Halloween - without any tricks!

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  7. I love the moon plate and the glass orbs! Today's our 6th anniversary of our legal marriage, so it was a treat to see a post from you.

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  8. Rita,
    I have never seen anything like this tablescape. I can hear the leaves blow across the path and see the wispy clouds cross the path of the moon. All accomplished by color and pattern. Really excellent, Rita. ~Ginene

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  9. Love those plates. Awesome! I think this is so whimsy and fun. Love it.

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  10. Such spooky fun Rita. love the skyline shot and it looks great with the moon face plate. Love, love the witch napkin fold with the MKV napkin ring. It would of been a great addition to my table...lol Great history lesson as well. The candlestick orbs are fantastic and so creative. A pleasure seeing your vintage items mixed with todays finds. Happy Halloween my friend.

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  11. I'm not a Halloween person but yours is my kind of Halloween whimsical and fun.

    Cindy

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  12. So many things to love, Rita. The tablerunner and checked placemats are perfect for plates and table accessories. and I agree, always love using vintage in a tablescape! LOVE it!!

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  13. Wow Rita, I love you share a wealth of Halloween information along with the fabulous table setting, it's so pretty. I always enjoy how you mix vintage with whimsy. I love the vintage plates, adorable. Gorgeous black and white check placemats, I have those and I've enjoyed them all summer. They work for a lot of themes. I really love how the runner works with the placemats. What a fun table for you to enjoy for Halloween........

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  14. Very mysterious indeed. This might be the best Halloween table I have ever seen. I really like the witches' hats -- very clever! And the place mats are so pretty -- I could use those throughout the year quite happily.

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  15. Great job! I love those salad plates.

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  16. Greetings Rita!
    I adore the choice of plates and the black and white check placemats. You have conjured up an exquisite tablescape that reminds me of the Halloweens of my childhood. Full moon, crunch of leaves, hurry scurry feelings of dashing from house to house. I love every gorgeous detail.
    Lovely to share in the festive Halloween blog hop with you!

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  17. I love how all the plates are different. I like the quilted runner, too. :D The dinner pates are nice because they make the salad ones pop on the checked placemats. *pretty*

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  18. Rita, the skies set the mood for your story line and the spooky but fun table. I love the David Carter Brown Pumpkin Hollow plates and the Crown Linen placemats. The black linen napkins make wonderful witches’ hats. Carole’s runner is perfect for your festive table. You do high and low and vintage and new so well. I so enjoyed your table and I am not the biggest fan of Halloween, except for the candy!

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  19. Rita, I absolutely love this Halloween tablescape. The black and rich colors are awesome, especially with the enhancement of the string of fairy lights. The various Halloween themed salad plates really brings out the dark and mysterious allure of the holiday. The crystal balls as your centerpiece makes a perfect focus on the occult. The gold hues in your runner really contrasts nicely with the black and white checkered placemats. A bit of whimsy along with the vintage feel. It is like having a Ouija board come alive.

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  20. Rita, What a fun post! I love the dishes and the witches hat napkins are adorable! The mixture of vintage and new makes a perfect tablescape. Love the cute little lights. Enjoy your evening! Clara ♥️

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    1. Thank you, Clara! The napkin fold was a happy accident!

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  21. Oh Rita -- it's gorgeous and so dramatic! I love the plates dearly -- they're so beautiful. And those spiders -- fabulous! The runner, everything. Yes, it's a perfect match for your sky! Well done, Rita!

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  22. Hello Rita, I saw this and couldn't believe my eyes! The cute black and gold pumpkins I made for Halloween would be the perfect match for your gorgeous tablescape. So much so, that I think I might have to get my own beautiful golden moon plates and amber glasses! Cheers and thanks for the inspo!

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  23. I LOVE this tablescape!!! The runner looks wonderful with your black accents, and I have that same set of Halloween plates! Just so fun!!

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  24. Rita, Your table is beautiful! There is another one of those lovely table runners. The placemats and flatware coordinate so perfectly. Those plates!! I love them! I haven't been able to find any seasonal themed plates out shopping this year! I enjoy seeing yours!

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  25. Rita, it certainly set the mood for Halloween. Your details cover all the basis as you suggest ~ darkness and light, mystery, whimsy, and a bit of spectacle. Darling witch hat napkin fold. I need directions on how you did this.
    Great job on the table!

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  26. What fun this is! You wrote the perfect narrative for this eerie and fun table. I'm in love with the globes/spiders, the napkin fold, the runner, just everything!!!

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  27. This is darling, Rita! Love the whimsical plates and charming runner crafted by Carole! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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  28. Ooh Rita, I love those darling plates and I’m swooning over those placemats! The runner is fabulous, too, and so are the napkins and the flatware!! What a fun table!!

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  29. Super cute Rita or should I say spooky! Love the dishes and the black and white checked plaid accents! What a fun tablescape!

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  30. Rita, I just love this! Those plates are absolutely precious with those pretty place mats. The narration you have provided with the tablescape is just perfect. It is always so much fun hopping with you!

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  31. Love this! I had to go buy those dishes after I saw this!!

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  32. I waited until I had time to sit down and relax before commenting on your great table. The witch hat napkin folds with CC napkin rings are too cute! I love the festive plates, and of course I love those placemats! What a cool table!

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  33. What a spooktacular table. I love the black gingham chargers. That sweet wee witch is truly charming.

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  34. I am in love with your black and white chargers!! Such a fun tablescape!

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  35. Oh Rita, how you can combine the pretty and the spooky is amazing!...The black and white placemats from Crown Linens caught my eye right away topped with those wonderful plates...and let us not forget those napkins of hats!...Eeek!..How creative!!!...Love everything you have done...the lighted centerpiece such a great idea enhancing those great orbs. Have a beautiful day Rita!

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  36. Rita, this table setting is magical! You have truly outdone even yourself. The colors, the textures, everything about this is so inspirational. Your use of the black linen napkins as witches hats is nothing short of genius! Thank you for the lovely and fun inspiration, you are an artist. xo Lidy

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  37. I celebrate Samhain. And i looooove everything in this post! so glad i stumbled across your blog!

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  38. Rita! Those napkin witches hats - brilliant!! And those plates! Love them all, but especially partial to the house atop all the pumpkins! What a wonderful whimsical Halloween table with just the right amount of creep factor!

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