Dinner 16: Halloween Cocktail Party, Table Settings


2 Comments 31 October 2011

By Hairee Lee

Savory Buffet table setting featuring Match Pewter Five Flame Candelabra

For the Savory Table Melissa styled it as buffets. Like the Cocktail Bar she lit them with candles and stuck with her color scheme of black with touches of white and red.

She first covered the small dining table with Libeco Home Vence Linen Tablecloth-69″ Square-Grape and Chilewich Lattice Table Runner-Caviar. The rich purple added just a bit of color to the predominantly black table setting and the lattice runner reflected the candlelight for variety of depth.

Savory Buffet of crudite, cheese, deli meats, and monster eyes (not shown in picture: goblin eggs)

The large Jars Ceramics Maguelone Rectangular Platter was used to display the fabulous cheeses from American Provisions. The cheese knives used were Sabre Paris Nature Butter Spreader-Black for the soft cheese while Sabre Paris Natura Cheese Knife-Grey and Purple were used for the semi-firm cheeses.

For more about the cheeses and our interview with the owners of American Provisions, suppliers of the cheese platter, so to our blog on our Halloween Cheeses.

Cheese platter: American Provisions cheeses on the Jars Ceramics Maguelone rectangular platter with Sabre Paris Natura cheese knives in grey and purple and Sabre Paris Nature butter spreader in black

For the veggie platter or crudite, I wanted to show the colorful selection of vegetables in the order of rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow and green. The Jars Ceramics Plume Rectangular Dish was just the right size to show off the fabulous spectrum of organic hues.

Rainbow colored crudite on Jars Ceramics Plume Rectangular Dish

To light the table, Melissa, used a variety of handle holders to make used of as much of the vertical space and add height to the table setting. She placed Simon Pearce Thetford Glass Votive Globe fitted with black candle sticks, Simon Pearce Thetford Votive for ground level lighting, and for height and Gothic drama Melissa chose the Match Pewter Five Flame Candelabra held white and red candlesticks.

Melissa‘s carved pumpkin–I’ll call him Damian–was also lit and not only provided extra light but added a whole lot of spookiness.

Simon Pearce Thetford Votives

Match Pewter Five Flame Candelabra with red and white candle sticks

Match Pewter Five Flame Candelabra and Damian on the window sill

My Monster Eyes (made of grated Muenster cheese, spicy Italian sausage, and a box of Bisquick) were set off beautifully by the bright red glazed Jars Ceramics Tourron Presentation Plate/Charger-Cherry. Beside that were the Libeco Home Vence Linen Napkin – Black and Cherry, dramatically displayed in their red and black glory in the Simon Pearce Dover Footed Bowl in large.

Monster Eyes on the Jars Ceramics Tourron Presentation Plate/Charger in Cherry

Simon Pearce Dover Footed Bowl in large

The deli meat platter with a selection of four meats (proscuitto, smoked turkey, cooked ham, and genoa salami) required an extra large platter. Melissa chose the Heath Ceramics Serving Platter with Rim – onyx. It as a rim with a raised lip that made the display of the meats easy by helping the first layers along the edge of the platter stand up. In order for the guests to served themselves Melissa laid out the Rosle Universal Tongs, which are great for entertaining.

Heath Ceramics Serving Platter with Rim – onyx used for the deli meat display

Rosle Universal Tongs used for the deli meats

And last but not least, the individual plates chosen were a selection of round and square plates: Heath Ceramics Plaza Salad Plate – onyx and Heath Ceramics Coupe B&B Plate – onyx. a rich, matte black that set off the food beautifully while staying with the theme colors of black, red, and white.

Heath Ceramics Coupe B&B Plate in front and Heath Ceramics Plaza salad plate, both in onyx, behind the round plates

Heath Ceramics Coupe B&B Plate – onyx with a selection of savory goodies

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  1. Haijin says:

    Wow..wow…wow…looks amazing. I love the Match Pewter candeeabra.

  2. Hairee says:

    I know! So classic. I love how Melissa created all these different heights of candlelight too.

    And I did all the cooking! :)

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