Sep 29, 2011

5 Elegant Decorating Ideas for Halloween

If you have children who love the festivity of Halloween, but don't want to get chintzy with your decor, try these fun, interesting, yet elegant ideas.

1) Use fall colors rather than just orange to set tables. Add natural or faux foliage, candles, napkins and place mats, and other accessories in hues of brown, brick, gold, cream, and even white.

2) Use natural materials. Resin and other plastic related pumpkins look fake, so why not use natural materials like ceramic, wooden and glass. The pumpkins look great but won't spoil and you can store and re-use them for many years. They'll make a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving as well.

3) White is always right. Having a Halloween bash? Bring out your white dinnerware, or buy inexpensive white china that you can dress up for other occasions.The black and orange desserts and candy will really stand out, and you can add fall colored napkins, candles, and other decor to dress up the table.

4) Use glass to decorate. Place glass candlesticks on your kitchen island, table tops, mantle, and wherever you want to create a spooky vignette.  Weave in polyester spider webs, Spanish moss, and plastic spiders draped among black and orange candles, you'll have wonderful drama but can use those candlesticks everywhere else, all year long.

5) Add lights for decor. String lights and candles are great for a spooky but long-lasting mood.  You can use clear or orange lights and drape them inside - on tabletops, mantles - our outside on walkways, bushes and trees and in any space for a Halloween party. Votive candles in glass holders, placed in simple brown bags with cut out designs, make fabulous luminaries for outdoor and indoor steps. Flame less or battery operated candles are ideal for use anywhere....even underwater!