bone appetit table scape

Halloween is fast approaching and this bone appetit table design is the perfect setting for a fun dinner with family and friends. It’s a simple design with a bony theme and a black & white color palette.

halloween tablescspe

The inspiration for this table are these skeletal bowls, which a sweet friend passed on to me. The bowls immediately ignited this design idea. The bowls perfectly mix and mingle with our regular table top plates, which made it easy. It’s a pretty simple design with all the fun halloween vibes.

halloween table styling

details for the bone appetit table

place settings

The place settings are grounded by a ticking black & white fringed placemat, which I purchased from Etsy. The dinner plates are the black trimmed bistro plates from Williams-Sonoma, which you’ve seen in so many tablescapes around here.

halloween tablescape

Royal Stafford black transfer ware accent plates follow the dinner plates. Crowning the plate stack, sit the bony bowls or the muses of the table if you will.

bone appetit table design

The black striped bistro napkins are tucked in between the plates. I think I bought these napkins from Bed, Bath & Beyond years ago, and I absolutely love them because they launder like a charm and never, EVER need to be ironed.

halloween table styling

The glassware were passed down from my parents, and both the highballs and the martini glasses have amazing etching on them. I don’t know about you, but glass etching The fact that the glassware was my parents is just a happy bonus.


The flatware is a mix of collections. The dinner fork and spoon are from the everyday set from my childhood, which is now our everyday utensils. The steak knives are Henckels, which we’ve own since we married, and actually might have been part of our wedding registry. It’s been so long, I don’t really remember. Lastly, the appetizer fork is from the Hearth & Hand collection with Magnolia @ Target.

halloween tablescape


A black & white striped table runner grounds the centerpiece. A wooden box made from reclaimed redwood sits on top of the runner in the center of the table, overflowing with bony skeletons and skulls and moody faux flowers.

skulls and skeletons

An assortment of black votive candle holders are scattered around the wooden centerpiece, sparkling and giving the table a glimmer and glow. More skulls are tucked between the votives.


Even the guests are a pair of bony chaps 😉. A gent and his dog sit at the ends of the table, fitting right into the scene. One cannot help but have fun with Halloween stylings since the subject matter is always mystical and magical.

bony tablescape

halloween inspiration

One more halloween table design is scheduled for the season, which I hope to fit it in.

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This weekend we are traveling to Boulder, CO for Miss M’s family weekend. The following weekend we will be in Eugene, OR, for family weekend for Master M. I’m super excited! But it is cramping my project schedule. I know it’s for very good reasons, and I would not have it any other way.

bone appetit tablescape

If you would like more Halloween tables cape inspiration you can view these previous posts.

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If you would like more bony skeleton & skull inspiration you can view these previous posts.

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“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit porch.”

Robert Brault

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Kim says:

    MaryJo, I love your table! The black and white theme with your linens is perfect. Your plate is gorgeous – love the bistro plates, the Royal Stafford transferware, and of course, the skellie bowls! The wooden box filled with skeletons and moody flowers completes the table. And don’t forget the master skellie and his dog. What fun!!

    1. Thanks so much Kim. You summed it up beautifully. Thanks for popping in. XO- MJ

    2. Evalyn says:

      I love your tablescape! Have fun at family weekend (s)!

      1. Thanks Evalyn! Hope all is good. XO- MJ

  2. Denise/My Home of All Seasons says:

    What a fun tablescape MaryJo and so aptly named. Love that centerpiece! Oh and welcome to Colorado! Boulder is gorgeous, especially this time of year. Have fun!

    1. Thank you Denise! We are actually heading home. It was a fabulous weekend. Missing my daughter already! XO- MJ

  3. The skeletons make your Halloween tablescape so fun! I’m featuring you at this week’s #HomeMattersParty. Hope to see you drop by!

  4. theanswerischocolate4920 says:

    MaryJo! This is just “spooktacular” So elegant and beautiful. Featuring when my party opens!

    1. Thanks so much Carol! I’m so happy you liked my bony table. See you tomorrow. ☠️🧡 XO-MJ

  5. Kerryanne says:

    I love a black and white theme for Halloween MaryJo and this is spectacular… or should I say spooktacular! Thank you for sharing your Halloween tablescape at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    1. Thank you so much Kerryanne! I’m honored. XO- MJ

  6. Very cute Halloween tablescape. I also created a Halloween table a few years back with the same title. Thanks so much for sharing at Love Your Creativity.

    1. Thanks Linda! Yes, it’s the perfect muse/title for a hallween tablescape. Thank you for the visit. XO-MJ

  7. Love, love, love this black and white tablescape, especially the striped linens. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks so much Kathleen. I’m so glad you liked it. XO- MJ

  8. MaryJo, you know I always love your tablescapes, sweetie.
    Thank you for sharing your bone-appeptit tablescape for Halloween at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    1. Thanks so much Kerryanne. I love joining your party. XO- MJ

  9. Kippi O'Hern says:

    I adore your Halloween table!

    1. Thanks so much Kippi! XO- MJ

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