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a Halloween Tablescape with a Mystery Book Theme

By Laharris1

a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme

I couldn't resist tackling at least one Halloween post this year, especially when Liz Vice gave me a sweet shout-out on Facebook, about all my old Halloween parties of yesteryear. And it made me smile.  Once upon a time I used to be a Halloween maniac during this season. And since I woke up one day recently-- with a rare feeling of normalness in my chest, I decided to let my creative juices get going. One little post that only took some simple grocery store flowers.


I hope you enjoy it.
A mystery-book themed dinner party with a library card invitation :
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book thememade here
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
One of my most sentimental buys I've ever gotten from a used bookstore was a big box filled with old Nancy Drew books for twenty bucks. I was so excited. As a little girl I loved these mysteries and I still remember that first book I carried to the librarian to check out: The Secret of the Old Clock.
oooooohh I couldn't wait!
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme

Personally I love the idea of incorporating books into a table setting and especially for Halloween, mystery books are perfect choice. I've seen Joanna set tables with books opened and placed underneath each dinner plate for a creative touch, but I prefer opening them up on top the plate so the words can be seen.
One creative idea for a place card is to write each name on a bookmark and display it inside the open book.
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
Or since it's a mystery theme you might place a magnifying glass over each name card.
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
Over time I've collected brass candlesticks and vases from my thrift store visits and there's nothing better for a Halloween table than old, scruffy-looking brass contrasted with black candles.

I'm also a believer that you can never have too many candles when it comes to creating atmosphere. And whenever I buy the lemon curd from Trader Joes I save the jars to use for my votive candles. I recommend adding a layer of sand or water at the bottom of the jar if I plan on letting them burn for hours, so you don't end up with dried, thick wax on the glass

a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme

For this centerpiece I used a piece of green floral foam wedged inside and just filled it with red roses, carnations, fresh eucalyptus, and lime green hydrangeas.
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
Olive branches from my tree and fresh eucalyptus are down the middle of the table. For continuity I use the same hydrangeas from the garden to tuck into the arrangement in the vase and around the candles..
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
These mix and match napkins came from TJMaxx.

a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book themeI really like this gold silverware set from Target.
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
Roses from an old arrangement I finally threw out found a perfect home.
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
Living in Southern California means you can still have dinners outside in October...which is nice.
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book themeWho knows?Maybe one of these days I'll throw a big mystery book dinner party and when I do, you'll be on my guest list!
a Halloween tablescape with a mystery book theme
xoLeslie

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