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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Harvest Table

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 23, 2012 3:28:00 PM

Harvest tableIs your house all decorated for Halloween?  I’ve given you lots of ideas during the past several weeks. The last step to planning your party is setting the table.

I loaded up my table in the traditional Halloween colors of black and orange. The first layer is a black and white mini check fabric. Then, instead of a charger or placemat, I used glitter scrapbook paper at each place.

The secret to finding dishes in a specific color (like these orange plates) is to be on the look-out all year long. I scooped these up months ago, knowing they’d be perfect come October 31.

harvest tableThe napkin rings are glow-in-the-dark fangs from the costume department! I tied them around a folded napkin with a bit of ribbon.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a few scary elements. The eyeball floating in the wine glass will surely surprise my guests. Then I cut plastic spider rings to fit around the stem of the glasses. Give everyone a different color so they know which drink is theirs.  The skeleton is just for the fun of it. You’ll find all kinds of little Halloween décor at Goodwill.

harvest tableThe table runner is a recycled lace blouse from the women’s department. Cut off the sleeves, collar and buttons. Unless the fabric is a loose, weave (and unravels easily) you don’t have to hem the edges. Lay it down the center of the table, but scrunch it up. You don’t want it to be too neat.

harvest tableFinish the centerpiece with candles and piles of the cashmere pumpkins I showed you how to make last month.  No matter what you serve, your table will be memorable.

Send me photos of your Halloween decorations. I’d love to see how you “upcycle” your Goodwill purchases.

harvest table

Topics: Fall, Goodwill, DIY, Upcycling, Merri Cvetan, Halloween