This is not a typical Halloween post, but yesterday I visited my favorite designer blog, Eddie Ross, and discovered this fabulous table setting for a deliciously spooky Halloween gathering and thought it would be fun to share.

Be sure to check out his Arachnophobia post where he talks about the pieces he used.  I love that many of them came from thrift stores and flea markets.


I love thrift stores and flea markets, and since discovering his site I’ve started browsing those stores with an eye to design, looking for unique and inexpensive pieces that will work with the things I already have.

Last June I blogged about another of Eddie Ross’s tablescapes.

Isn’t it gorgeous? Earlier this month I had dinner party and used his design as the inspiration for my dining table.

I couldn’t find a printed tablecloth that would work so I used a neutral one that I already own. The table runner is actually a robin’s egg blue scarf—$2.50 from one of my favorite thrift stores. It doesn’t “match” my china but I think it “goes,” especially with the addition of matching tapers. The square gold chargers were purchased half-price at a post-Christmas sale several years ago.

I have three creamers that match my china, so I used the two small ones as vases for posies of white and pale green carnations and soft pink rosebuds.

Another thrift store find was a set of six small stemmed goblets—$3.00 for the set. To be honest, I’m not sure if they’re meant to be for wine, champagne, cocktails or sherbet, they really are quite small, so I used them as little candy dishes, filled with Mike & Ike Tropical Typhoon candies that matched my color scheme. The table was set for eight and I only had six candy dishes, so I placed them between settings rather than one at each.

I’m not a designer and the final result was nowhere near as spectacular as Eddie Ross’s, but I was still pretty happy with it. What do you think?

And do you have a favorite design blog? If you do, please share. I’m always looking for inspiration.

Happy Halloween!

Until next time,

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Wow! Loved the table that you created Lee! You obviously love to decorate. The pictures were gorgeous.


Thanks, Jodie! I enjoy flexing all my creative muscles.

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