More From the Dabble Magazine Halloween Tablescape Shoot….

As promised, here are some additional shots from the Dabble Magazine Halloween tablescape shoot.  My goal was to recycle many of the pieces I already owned from last year’s table and tweak them in an interesting way for the magazine shoot.  After an afternoon drive to wine country, I was enamored with soft greens of the vineyards mixed with the amber and browns of the dried grass on the rolling hills.  This inspired not only the color palette for the shoot but the elements I would use to tweak the overall look of the tablescape.  Dried flora, moss, grasses and leaves all served as perfect “naturally spooky” background I wanted to create for the table.

San Francisco-based photographer for the shoot, Samantha Cooper, working her magic along with her honorary assistant Scruffy….

I loved mixing some glam accents such as the Chisel Glassware from Z Gallerie (similar) to break up the natural elements of the tablescape….

Green in all its different shades was the dominate color for the tablescape from the green moss placemats to the West Elm grellow linen napkins which were the perfect offset to the wood handled flatware from Sur La Table (similar).

Sadly, we weren’t able to work the fantastic bar I created into the Dabble story, but I loved how I was able to turn my kitchen island into a spooky bar for all the ghouls and goblins to wet their whistles.  Simply using cobwebs and dried grass from the Dollar Store, branches from my yard, my existing glassware, the Artesia Decanter from Z Gallerie as well as their Phantom Candelabra I was able to kit out the bar.

The centerpiece for the shoot was massive.  It was three feet high and had a span just over that, but it was the perfect canopy to trail dried grass, perch crows and weave LED candles in to create an eerily beautiful focal point.

And here is a final shot that Samantha got which I think sums up the day perfectly —  that blur in the back …. it’s me running to duck out of the shot.  I have never been so happy to sit down in my entire life!  But it was a great shoot and I am grateful to Dabble Magazine for giving me the opportunity.

Now that I have the table planned, I just need to fill it with some yummy treats!  Check out on Friday for some delicious and quick bites for your Halloween fete!

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Looks Who’s “Dabbling” With Halloween Tablescaping …

If you follow me on on Insta.gram (CourtneyOutLoud) you would have seen some  random shots of local-based photographer Samantha Cooper as she strained, craned and contorted herself while taking photographs at the house.  I can finally say she was taking shots on behalf of Dabble Magazine’s October/November issue of a Halloween tablescape I created exclusively for the magazine inspired by wine country …..


There is me surrounded by all my “spooky glory” for the magazine.  Check out pages 22-23 for my take on a Halloween tablescape.  And yes, you will see some recycling of last year’s tablescape — I never said I wasn’t thrifty on occasion!  Later this week I will be posting additional shots from the shoot and explaining how you can get the same look for your home.

Until then I am trying to get my body clock back into a normal sleep cycle, slog through all furniture options I found on my trips to Boston and New York last week and wrap up some work for clients.

So how was your weekend?

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Halloween Tablescape Breakdown…..

Sorry for the delay in this posting.  I meant to do it on Friday but even the best laid plans get interrupted with that little thing called “life”.  So take my humble apologies and let’s get crackin’…..

The Halloween tablescape was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven” which in turned inspired the individual aspects of the table from plates to flowers.

Gargoyle Place Card: Dollar Mart – I love placing a little something in the center of my place settings whether it be a flower, candy or in this case a little statue of a gargoyle.  They were purchased for $1 at the Dollar Store.  If your community doesn’t have a Dollar Store then try Amazon or  The Oriental Trading Company for similar statues.

Dinner Plate: HomeGoods –  The plates were a find at HomeGoods for $3.99 per plate.  Similar plates can be found at West Elm, Wayfair and Z Gallerie 

Flatware: Sur La Table – these pieces were bought last summer on clearance for $1.99 per utensil.  Similar pieces can be found on Ebay or if you have a budget Dolce Tableware currently has this beautiful olive wood flatware set.

Feather Charger: DIY – I knew I wanted black feather chargers for each place setting but could not find anything that exactly matched my mental image, so like any good bloggers, I opted to make my own.  The chargers are stiff black poster board and three different types of feathers.  A full tutorial will be up on the blog this week on how to make your own.  However, if the thought of being covered by glue and feathers doesn’t entice you, then check out these feather chargers from Z Gallerie and Cadeaux.

Napkins & Napkin Ring: Crate & Barrel/Pottery Barn – The linen napkins were picked up at the Crate and Barrel outlet for $1.99 a piece but can still be purchased in stores.   The napkins rings are part of Pottery Barn’s caterer box series which is also available in stores and online.

Wine Goblet: Dollar Store – So I have to be honest, I cheated on this aspect of the table for effect.   The black wine glasses I originally sourced for the table from Target didn’t photograph well.  They were too shiny, too dainty, too modern for the table but at $32 for 6, they were definitely the budget friendly option.  With time short, I opted to pull my artistic license card.  A quick trip to the Dollar Store produced 6 cut glass goblets plus gloss spray paint from my supply closet produced the look I wanted for the budget.  However, since the glasses were spray painted, they are not food safe, so they would need to be swapped out once the libations started flowing.  If you are looking to reproduce the look of the black goblets, try options from Eden & Eden or Ebay.

Centerpiece: The centerpiece is a combination of white orchids, purple mums, feathers, tinted carnations and dried flowers.  The urn is a vintage trophy I already owned and use as decoration .  Using the orchids as my base, I cut floral oasis, soaked it and inserted it around the orchids.  Taking cues from nature, I grouped my flowers into large clusters and inserted them in the floral oasis.  Black feathers were used to fill in any gaps and to reinforce the table’s raven theme.  The centerpiece was not cheap but not expensive at $50 with $27 of that for the orchids, but I think of orchids as an investment since I am reusing them throughout the house.

Ravens: Dollar Store – The black ravens (or crows if you want to be specific) were found for $1 each at the Dollar Store.  I touched them up with black floral spray (which I love since it is lighter than spray paint and dries very quickly).

Candelabra & Candles: Owned – I already owned the candelabra thanks to my Valentine’s Day tablescape but you may not have recognized it since it was pink.  Thanks to two thin coats of black spray  paint, I was able to get a gothic candelabra free!

Chair Slipcovers: Dollar Store – I found grey and black netting for $1 a package at the Dollar Store.  One package was the perfect amount to slipcover one chair.  I took a small section of black ribbon from my stash and tied to each side to secure.

So unless I missed something that is the Halloween table setting.  As usual, I tried to stay true to my fabulous on a budget motto and give some inspirational ideas you can use throughout your own entertaining.  As mentioned, check back later in the week as I show you how to make the feather chargers I used for the table for less than $5 each!

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