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Halloween Tablescape by Bonehead Bob and Me!

On Halloween the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you And if something scares you and you want to run Just let on like it's Halloween fun. ~Author Unknown~
Dinner will be served in the dining room this evening by my friend, Bonehead Bob.  Come on in, pull up a chair and dig right in...if you dare.

On tonights menu we'll be having Cranial Crunch, Bob's specialty stew he simmers for two weeks in a Cauldron given to him by his Grandmother back in 1644. 


Bonehead Bob helped me set the table.  We began with these black Heritage Lace placemats from Priscillas Lace and Linens. We layered them over white dinner napkins, placed at an angle, so the scene on the placemats would really show up.

As Bob has carefully planned our evening, he has opted for non traditional flatware at each setting.   He says skewers will be needed for the eyeball roast over an open fire, and miniature pitch forks for each guest to catch a rat, snake or any vermin they desire.  He'll bake our catches, if we wish, with special seasonings purchased from Cryptomart.
The big serrated knives, Bob says, are to get every last bit of gristle left on our carcasses.

Bob and I both chose these cute orange beaded coasters and matching napkin rings from Always Elegant, to add a bit of bling-a-bility to the table.  The orange organza napkins came from the same place.

At each setting we've included themed tealight candles from Zest Candles  and  RIP tombstones.   Bonehead Bob was so excited to give these as party favors to our guests.  He said, 'It's the gift that lasts at least several lifetimes".

The black transferware dinner plates were stacked on an old iron fish bowl stand so as not to obstruct the view of the placemats.  

On top of the plates is a big jack o lantern pumpkin luminary candle.  We kept switching between the orange and black.  Which do you like best?

I love these Spider luminary candles...they're my favorite.  There is a pattern of webs and spiders of cut black wax over white so that they cast an eery glow.

We're ready, we've set the table and the stew is still bubbling as the fire is burning.  We're just waiting for you to come and join us.

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
~Author Unknown


  1. Now that's one scary scene! Love the spider webs and the painting all askew. Bob's stew isn't for the faint of heart. I may just pass and eat later. LOL
    Cute table, Nancy! I can see you know how to have fun around your place. ~ Sarah
    I vote for the black jack-o-lantern for this table. ;-)

  2. You and Bonehead Bob put on a heck of a party! Wow! How did you get those cobwebs all stretched out like that so perfectly? That is absolutely amazing!!! I really like the transferware plates and the placemats, too! Spooktacular job! Have a great weekend!!!

  3. Girl, that would definitly scare the pants off me! Great job! Now all you need is a party!! My favorite is all the crooked plates and artwork on the wall!

  4. Love the whole set up! Love the jack-o-lanterns displayed on the back of the chairs BUT I especially LOVE the crocked frames on your wall! That, my friend, is UNIQUE!!!!

  5. Now, that was quite a treat to view!!! Thank you for all your hard work that went into that scene.......and what fun!!!! hugs...cleo

  6. I think that I know of one family that is going to have a whole lot of fun this Halloween. Amazing and over the top! Thank you for sharing your creative idea and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  7. How delightfully spooky and beautiful all at the same time! Well done. It looks fabulous.

  8. What a fun setting! So much detail, I'll bet the kids loved it! Very pretty placemats and napkins, got a chuckle at the top of your door:@)

  9. Wow, you and Bonehead did a fabulous job! Of all the decorated dining rooms that I've seen, this is by far my favorite! This is simply spookily wonderful!

  10. WOW! I'd just love to say your diningroom has great "bones" but it is ALL amazing! Love it! Sorry about the corny joke, Bob caused it! Im new around here at TT. Glad I found your blog!

  11. ooh this is just too much fun! I love the entire room. It looks like something out of a magazine. I love those placemats!

  12. Wow Nancy... you've really outdone yourself this time! Maybe I need to get up into my attic and bring down some Halloween decorations before it's too late! Michelle Jamieson /

  13. Unbelievable! What an incredible, spooky, creative table! I wouldn't expect anything less from you Nancy! Love those black transferware plates. I have the perfect placemat for them!

  14. You and Bob make a hauntingly wonderful team. Every thing is so spook-tacular!!!! Wow, talk about attention to gorey detail.
    Those place mats are over the top fun. I think my favorite (really!) is the blood. Very creative in a creepy way! ANd very very FUN! I would love to eat at this table, just not in front of the RIP gravestone!

  15. Wow, this is amazing. you have covered all bases. It looks like you had so much fun creating this spooky Halloween theme. I thought I had gone overboard, but this is spook-tacular! All of the details are wonderful. There is so much to see and your menu sounds creepy...I am your newest follower. Stop by and say hello. Linda

  16. Nancy I don't have words. This is ABSOLUTELY - STUNNING! Inspriational, spooky, and meticulously detailed. I don't know that I've ever seen anyone pay such close attention to the tinyest of decor. You my friend, are destined to do great things ... you should party plan for a living! :) Thanks for stopping in and wishing me well - I feel much better today!

  17. Fantastic! I love this. I have alot of these same decorations and it is great to see them used in other ways than my own. Really gets the ideas flowing.

  18. Girl, looks like you are having fun witb those precious kids. They'll remember how amazing you are!!

  19. Wonderful tablescape. Absolutely, wonderful. JAD

  20. Oh wow!! You have some really great ideas going on in your dining room! Fabulous!

  21. How fun... really turned out nice (and spooky!)

  22. What a fun and fabulous dining room! It all looks great, spooky and elegant at the same time. Thanks so much for linking in with VIF!!

  23. How wonderfully creepy and creative. You rock!

  24. Oh Nancy, you've outdone yourself. So spooky and spectacular!

    - The Tablescaper

  25. Oh My Goodness Nancy! You and Bob throw a scary party! So much creativity in this room! You have done a fabulous job of making this room look haunted and scary. I love it! Great place mats. The blood dripping over the top of the door about did me in! This whole scene is amazing! So glad you linked it to Favorite Things. laurie

  26. This is so much fun!! I love everyhting -If I had to pick the color of the jack o'lantern I'd pick the black -I love the orange bows though on the chair

  27. Visiting from BNOTP. You really know how to do it up right! I love it. I stand in awe of your greatness.

  28. Wow, that's one spooktacular tablescape! You certainly are giving me motivation to finish clearing away the birthday decorations and put out the rest of the Halloween.

  29. You really went all out in decorating! Looks terrific!

  30. Oh Nancy, you had too much fun doing this room all spookified!! I love it all. The off kilter plates on the wall with the cobwebs look awesome! The table is just fantastic. What a bunch of ghoulish fun!

  31. What an amazing look! It's perfectly spooky. Fantastic!

  32. Congrats to you and Bonehead Bob for a spooktacular tablescape. Awesome job! Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your evening.

  33. Totally unbelievable. This is the most unreal room I have ever seen and all the decor is so creative and wonderful. Awesome. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  34. Hi Nancy,

    This is amazing!! This is one of the coolest Halloween tables I've ever seen!

    I'm hosting a link party so get your best cocktail recipe ready and dust off those glasses! Join the Happy Hour link party this Wednesday!!

  35. Wow...great tablescape!!! Love the tableware and all the creepy elements of the much to look at...
    Great post!!!

  36. Oh my gosh, Nancy, that is so cool. I love your table top Tuesday post! From Bonehead Bob right to the place mats. Everything is just too fantastic. How much fun.

    Thank you so much for sharing your very inspirational Halloween dining room display with all of us.

    Susan @CluckleBees

  37. Lots of work went into these Halloween decorations. They are amazing. Love the tablescape and all the surrounding decor. Great job. Thanks so much for sharing.

  38. Bonehead Bob puts on quite a spread! He and I share some of the same taste-in transferware at least. I have the same pattern plates on the fishbowl stand, though mine are green.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  39. This is so neat, Nancy! I love all of the details. Thanks so much for linking up.


  40. Super spooky! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn D├ęcor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  41. Amazing details! I want to come to your dinner party! You have done an incredible Halloween Party setting.


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