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Throw a Halloween-Themed Engagement Party That's Actually Chic

How2Girl Courtney Sixx shows us how to set a gothic-glam party table.

Halloween is one of How2Girl blogger Courtney Sixx's favorite holidays, and she has been a guest at some of the most fabulously ghoulish Hollywood fêtes. Many of the details she sees become muse for her own ideas, and now she is sharing some scary stylish decorating details—for table covers, menus, chair backs and cushions, candles, and more! Above, Sixx sets an eerily chic tablescape that would be perfect for a Halloween-themed enagagement party or bridal shower. To re-create, set your table outside, if possible, and at night amid a bevy of low hanging branches for a naturally spooky backdrop. If indoors, dim your lights for effect.

Flowers and Fabric

Use Halloween as motivation, but move beyond the typical black and orange—like this chic black-and-gray combo punctuated with gold accents and arrangements of rich red and deep pink flowers. Sixx created a festive backdrop for the flowers and other table details by muting a shimmery silver table covering with a black lace overlay. The tablecloths can be ruched on the sides or left to hang long. Place lush, deep-hued floral arrangements down the center of the table.

Personalized Menu

Calligraph black menus with guests' names in gold. The personalized menus, wrapped in a pocket created by a silver napkin, black lace, and a velvet strip, do double-duty as seating cards.

Black Candelabras

Spray paint candelabras in matte black. Courtney loves spray paint for easy, budget-friendly allover coverage. Set tall gold taper candles in squares of black tulle and then place together in candle cradle for an edgy detail.

Decorative Seats

Create dramatic chair décor (either for everyone or only the guests of honor—the bride- and groom-to-be) with a giant black tulle bow festooned with flowers mirroring the table display (left). The floor-length drape of the bow is secured to the chair leg bottoms with two black elastic hairbands; the flowers and greenery are applied with a hot glue gun.

At right, customize rental chair cushions using fabric that goes with your theme—in this case black velvet. These simple cushions are budget-friendly and super simple to make.

1. Place cushion on top of fabric and cut out, leaving 4 inches on each side; round corners and cut away excess.
2. Fold edge of fabric over all around, so that new edge is 1 1/2 inches wider than cushion and pin in place.
3. Sew a straight line, leaving openings at two sides that meet.
4. Using a large straight pin, thread 1/2-inch-wide length of ribbon (measure ribbon length to three times cushion perimeter).
5. Center cushion on underside of fabric and pull ribbon on both sides so fabric wraps and gathers around cushion. Tie ribbon ends in a bow and secure to chair by tying ribbon ends and trim.

Bowls of Berries

Add more deep colors to the table setting with small silver bowls of blackberries and raspberries. Dot them at every few place settings for a pop of festive color and texture—but don't be surprised if your guests think they are for snacking!


Learn more about Courtney here and get more amazing DIY inspiration on her blog How2Girl!