Elegant Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape Ideas
September 24, 2019
Gothic Halloween Party gold and black plates

Gothic Halloween Party place settings

Elegant Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape Ideas

Table design is my jam. I absolutely love putting together the place settings, centerpieces, and details. And this Elegant Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape is no exception. Are you a confident table setter looking for ideas? Or do you need a little more guidance on setting the perfect table? Let's take a little tour and I'll walk you through it.

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Gothic Halloween Party Table Decor 

Gothic Halloween Party Supplies

Your table all starts with a great theme. I knew I wanted to stay classy but a little spooky. And a gothic table with old Victorian charm fit the bill perfectly. Thank heavens the Martha Stewart line had so many options. {not sponsored – just love it}

*Pro Tip: Shop after holiday specials. I picked most of this up at Michael's AFTER Halloween for 80% off. You can make a pretty fancy table at 80% off! 

Select Halloween Party Table Plates & Napkins

Gothic Halloween Party place settings

Your theme will probably be dictated by what you find and fall in love with! For me it was these plates, and the gold and black skeleton dinner party was born. For a formal event you'll want to use actual dinnerware but more often than not I use paper plates for their fun designs and easy clean up.

You can always find matching napkins but I generally opt for something that coordinates and stay away from sets. But there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with using sets. That's why they're there, so you don't have to think about it.

It's the designer in me that likes to shake things up. So if you LIKE thinking about it, the napkins are another opportunity for adding a coordinating pattern, texture, or color.

*Pro Tip: Layer a paper plate on a ceramic plate or charger for an elevated look. 

Beauty in the Gothic Halloween Party Details

Gold Halloween Skeleton Decor

Gothic Halloween Party Gold and Black

If you really want a beautiful Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape, you'll want to think about the details. Using a gold sequined tablecloth automatically elevates the event to something more elegant. Then adding additional gold details helps pull it all together. Spray painting simple plastic skulls from the Dollar Tree added such a nice touch to each place setting.

Gothic Halloween Party skeleton hand cutlery holder

As did the skeleton hands, which are also spray painted gold. My favorite paint is Rust-oleum Universal Metallic Pure Gold, if you're wondering. Placing the cutlery into the hands was my favorite part of this whole gothic Halloween party tablescape!

Skull Table Accessories For Food

Gothic Halloween Party gold and black plates

I tried out two different plate combinations and really liked both of them. This gold and black geometric set is so beautiful. And while it reminds me of The Great Gatsby and New Years, my first thought when I saw them was “Glam Halloween.” The gold skull skewers are so fun to use with appetizers instead of plain toothpicks.

Gothic Halloween Party skull dessert cups

These little skull dessert shooters made with smoky glitter resin are a piece of decor all by themselves. But use them to serve a creepy dessert like my raspberry chocolate brain shooters and they make even more of a statement!

Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape Centerpiece

Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape

With all of those details on the table it's looks pretty good and full. The Dapper Gentleman Skeleton artwork on the wall adds to the the elegantly spooky vibe. The beautiful gold Amalfi Decor cake stand on the center of the table can hold a serving tray for appetizers……OR it can display a lovely DIY Floral Skull Centerpiece.

Gothic Halloween Party Centerpiece

The centerpiece wasn't necessary but added just the right touch of color and texture to really finish off this table. You can see how easy it was to create in this centerpiece tutorial.

Gothic Halloween Party Favors

Gothic Halloween Party skull party favor bag

Your place settings are complete. You've got a few details, and your centerpiece is designed. Now it's time to think about what you'd like to give your guests as favors. Favors are not a necessary party item but I love thanking my guests for coming with a small little something they can take home with them to remember the evening. These floral skull favor boxes were the perfect thing.

You can fill them with candy, which is most common, but I prefer non-candy favors like red inked syringe pens {see the Faux Leather Spell Book post for those}, scarves, lip gloss, and imprinted fruit. You can see a whole list of my favorite non-candy favor ideas {coming soon}.

Gothic Halloween Party favor masks

Another fun favor for the ladies at the table are these pretty masquerade masks from the dollar store. They add another element of elegant glam and make a photo shoot all that more fun!

Finished Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape

Gothic Halloween Party place settings

When you put all the pieces together you have a lovely table fit for the most noble of Halloween party guests!

Gothic Halloween Party place settings

The final touch is a floor lamp with spider web cover that sets the tone with mood lighting and spooky shadows.

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Gothic Halloween Tablescape

I hope that you feel inspired and not overwhelmed by this Gothic Halloween Party Tablescape. If you do, go back to the basics. Do you have:

  • plates
  • napkins
  • cups
  • cutlery
  • A centerpiece
  • runner or tablecloth
  • a couple pieces of decor

If you have ALL of those things. You're in GREAT shape.

That said, I’d LOVE to see your Halloween table this year! Please follow us and tag @partieswithacause on Facebook and Instagram. Or email a photo to hello{at}partieswithacause{dot}com 

Another Halloween Party Tablescape!

I'm also excited to share Jordan'sHalloween Dinner Party Tablescape Ideas. Then join us again tomorrow on Day 12 for some fun kids Halloween activities.

Halloween Dinner Party tablescape Ideas

If you’re just joining us on the 13 Days of Halloween Inspiration here’s what you missed:

Until tomorrow my friend!


  1. Beth

    I’ve never decorated with skeletons for Halloween. More of a ghost and bat gal. But after seeing this party, I’m loving the gothic skeleton theme!

  2. Susan-SugarPartiesLA

    Loving all the moody vibes with your tablescape and decor ! Martha always has cute little finds with her collections. Great job Bri.

  3. Jordan Hansen

    I love everything about this – the colors, the theme, and all of the great stuff you found!

  4. Lori Goldman

    Insanely obsessed with this party! Beautiful. Glam. Spooky. I just love every detail!

  5. Jennifer Digiacomo

    I had so idea Martha had such chic and beautiful halloween decor! Love the way you styled them too!

  6. Lori

    I love all the elegant touches and the gold embellishments!! So fun!

  7. Holly Hulke

    I love shopping holiday clearance, too! You get so many great things for a bargain. I absolutely love the moody vibe of this tablescape!


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