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From cute to creepy, dress your table with décor you can eat off

This creepy Ouija board plate would look great on a seance themed Halloween table.

The time of year is approaching when we ditch our formal ware and drape the house in quirky, creepy decorations. Halloween has always inspired some of the most creative minds to come up with amazing decorative displays. After all, this holiday is all about pushing your imagination to the ultimate limit. The best part about this holiday is that there is a style for every taste. You could be a fan of gruesome horror movies and figure out a way to serve disgusting-looking (but delicious) dinners. Or maybe you are intrigued by the Victorian/gothic appeal where everything is tinged with an ever-so-slight accent of peculiar. You could even completely hate all things spooky and indulge in the adorable side of Halloween with smiling ghosts and pink-nosed witches.

While you are busy hanging your cobwebs or candy corn garland, one challenge you may face is dressing up your Halloween table. Sure you can pull together a wicked centerpiece to fit your theme in no time at all, but it would still be missing that element that pulls the entire spread together.

Don’t overlook your dishware when pulling your table together. And we don’t mean just black and orange plates, we are talking intricately designed and perfectly tailored pieces that will make your table pop this Halloween.All of the dishes we found are not only decorative, but they are food-safe so your guests can gaze upon artwork while they clear their plate. Take a look at the examples we found and see if they could fit your own Halloween bash, whatever your style!

41 Halloween Dinner Party Ideas That Are Scarily Sophisticated

Find the perfect food and decor ideas for your Halloween celebration here.

While, sure, most folks will pass out candy for Halloween, and a few may dress up or even host a costume party, if you're looking to celebrate while also amping up the elegance a notch or two, you may want to consider having a few close friends over for a Halloween-themed dinner party. It's a chance to have some devilish fun, decorate the house, make some spooky food, and all without the kind of cleanup that follows larger costume parties.

Of course you'll need a few clever Halloween menu ideas. Well, you're in luck, because all of the Halloween recipes you need to cook up the dinner of your dreams is right here. We've got you covered with everything from terrifyingly good Halloween appetizers to main courses and beyond. When you and your guests need something to wash it all down, be sure to bookmark some of our favorite Halloween cocktail recipes too.

While the following Halloween menu ideas will undoubtedly be the star of the show, you'll also need to make sure your house is fully decked out for your dinner party. That's why you'll find the perfect DIY Halloween decorations here, like witch-inspired Halloween centerpieces, totally batty wall decor, and spooky table settings. After dinner is over, you and your guests will also want something sweet, which is why you'll also discover our favorite Halloween treats ahead as well. So tell your friends to dress to impress, because your Halloween bash is going to be the event of the season.

This make-ahead meal requires just 20 minutes of hands-on time, which means you&rsquoll have more freedom later in the day to, say, sew on a last-minute superhero cape. A flavorful blend of sausage, beef, and spinach means these Slow Cooker Spinach-and-Parmesan Meatballs don&rsquot need much else. Parsley-Garlic Bread (pg. 87) with parsley and butter is perfect for dunking in straight-from-the-jar sauce. (Bonus: It wards off vampires.) Tangy Broiled Broccolini and Capers rounds out the meal with a hit of green.

Greet your guests as soon as they approach your door with this festive DIY decor. To create this wicked craft, start with a grapevine wreath and spray-paint it black. Use black wire to secure cardboard crows and hang with gingham ribbon.

To set the mood for the evening, make this spooky, suspended chandelier. Start with a plain broom, then fill Mason jars with black sand and black battery-operated tea light candles. Attach the jars to the broom with black twine. Balance it all out with a faux black cat.

If you're hosting a large dinner party, serve a Halloween punch to ensure every guest gets a glass. This fruity concoction is nice and refreshing thanks to a bottle of Prosecco.

This Jewish Holiday Requires Your Best-Dressed Table

Passover is like the Oscars of Jewish holidays. It’s the most distinguished, the one to prioritize if you’re not fully committed to them all. So the dinner table setup is pretty important. On the first night of Passover, the marathon meal overflows with wine, symbolism, special foods, readings, storytelling, and fun for children. Whether you’re new to hosting or need a refresher, you’ll benefit from checking out our tips and suggestions. Make your tablescape reflect the illustrious occasion.

“It’s custom to bring out your nicest, finest dishes for dinner. It’s the most prestigious dinner of the year for Jews,” says Chanie Nayman, editor in chief of, a site founded in December 2016 for kosher recipes and conversation.

The nine days of Passover celebrate the anniversary of Israel’s exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. This year, it’s April 10 to 18. The holiday begins after nightfall with the Seder, the ceremonial dinner served the first, and sometimes second, night of Passover. Check out all our videos, galleries, recipes, and articles on Passover food and entertaining.

The dinner script requires several props, according to

  • Four cups of wine (per person)
  • Vegetables to be dipped in salt water
  • Flat, dry, cracker-like bread called matzah
  • Bitter herbs, often including horseradish lettuce a paste of nuts, apples, pears, and wine called charoset
  • Time-honored meal favorites, like chicken soup.

But first, dress the table in a white cloth, Nayman says. Candlesticks are customary too. At each table setting, place a saucer and a wine goblet or glass for red wine. “It’s a commitment to having four glasses of wine with the four blessings on Seder night,” Nayman says.

Designate a ramekin or monkey dish at each person’s place setting to hold a single serving of vegetables — instead of one large serving plate of vegetables — next to an individual ramekin of salt water.

This is the time of year to bring out your Seder plate, the one with six sections on it for the different symbolic tastes: two bitter herbs (lettuce and grated horseradish) haroset/charoset (mix of apple, nuts, cinnamon, and wine, the color of the bricks Jews made while enslaved in Egypt) karpas (celery, parsley, and potato are three options) lamb shank bone and a hard-boiled egg broiled a little for slight browning effect.

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With all that wine, salty, bitter, sweet, and savory food, everyone will need to rehydrate. Set decanters that can hold two to three glasses of water along the table, in addition to filling a glass of water for each setting. “The water decanters add festivity to the table, dimension and texture, height,” Nayman says. “It adds elegance to the table.” To up that elegance further, place pillows at each person’s seat, which symbolizes freedom because you’re reclining like a king, not a slave.

On that note, celebrate your freedom to sway from tradition a little and try some avant garde decor. Show your own personality. Have fun. Find out more ways to mix up Passover.

Several aspects of the table can feature children’s involvement. Place a large, elaborate goblet somewhere in the center of the table as the cup of Elijah, who children imagine comes through the front door after they open it, for a sip. Many of the 10 plagues sent by God to scare Pharaoh into letting the Israelites go involved animals, and that’s represented in a more desirable way for your table décor. Spray little animal figurines in gold and silver spray paint and place them by every plate. Lastly, place a candy dish near the evening’s leader, who can give candies to the children who ask good questions.

Buy a very low floral arrangement centerpiece so you can see people across the table. “Seder can be a long dinner, and you want to be able to have conversation, so we make sure to have clusters of flower vases like a runner down the table,” Nayman says. Place flowers in fishbowls, square cocktail vases, and votives. Mason jars can be dressed up with lace ribbon and orchids or white hydrangeas.

No flowers are off-limits, so feast on whatever delights your senses. “In my family, we go for springy colors: yellows, purples, and pinks — really vibrant for spring. Or sometimes we go all white for a really fresh feel,” Nayman says.

Now that you know how to dress your table, get tips on how to feed your family and friends with these Passover recipes.

32 Chic Halloween Table Decorations That'll Make You Want To Host A Dinner Party

If you're throwing a Halloween party, you might be focusing on festive cocktails and scary good treats, but don't forget to show some love to your table. Because you know what's even better than a regular old Halloween party? A sophisticated, grownup Halloween dinner party (casual buffets are great, too, of course). We've got plenty of ideas to get you inspired, and most of these you can DIY on the cheap (and on the fly!). From unconventional color combos and witchy plating to spooky surprises, these elevated but-on theme Halloween table decorations and centerpieces are sure to make it an unforgettable evening.

Drippy candles, unidentifiable foods, brooding florals, and a few Halloween motifs sprinkled in. This table decor is ticking all the boxes and then some. And we love the offbeat color scheme. Everyone know green and purple are witchy and zombie-chic, yet orange seems to get all the love. Here's a little reminder that it's a good idea to switch things up.

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Keep things sophisticated with unexpected colors that don't scream Halloween but still feature that fall aesthetic. A rich, blue tablecloth helps neutral plates pop. Add fresh flowers for even more color and stick to an earthy palette with your plating and napkins to even it out.

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Mini cauldrons! It doesn't get any cuter than that. Whether you choose to serve drinks, soup, or dessert in them, mini cauldrons are the perfect Halloween table decoration that also serve a purpose. Pro tip: Bring your tea light votives to the next level by wrapping them in black lace as a contemporary take on witchy black flame candles.

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Keep things classic and sophisticated with harvest motif plating, metallic accents, orange paisley-print tablecloth and gingham napkins for some pattern mixings, and, of course, an elaborate fall-hued floral centerpiece. In this one styled by Robert Rufino, the feathers enhance its dramatic beauty even further.

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Keep things subtly spooky by placing a a skeleton hand on your charcuterie spread. Style it like this one from Sugar & Charm.

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Not into orange and black? Forget them! If you want it to feel more elegant, go for white instead of orange pumpkins. And try an unconventional pop of color, like light pink. See more of this pretty tablescape at Sugar and Charm.

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If you're hosting a scary movie night, get inspired by the on-screen horror with your Halloween decor. If you don't want something as obvious as a skull, something smoky and moody will do.

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A black-and-white striped tablecloth adds a contemporary playfulness to an outdoor Halloween dinner party. Then, glue little ants to your napkin rings to be freaky but not too freaky.

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Don't forget to extend the fall and Halloween-themed decor to the rest of the dining room! In this space by Emily Henderson, the cabinet gets the autumn treatment with pumpkin-shaped jars, red nesting bowls, and a rooster motif pitcher. The dried floral wreath above it doesn't hurt either.

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Welcome to the big kid's table. This is where we'll be when the trick-or-treaters come knocking. Keep your table rustic and pared down, then add in pops of color with purple placemats and orange napkins. And let the food double as decor (figs are always a good call).

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Have you ever seen a more epic Halloween table? From the broomstick and black cat chandelier to the black fringed tablecloth, gourds, and black candlesticks, this dining room is fully decked out. The romantic pink and red centerpieces make for a nice contrast that softens and elevates the themed decor.

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Frame a doorway leading to your dining room with flying paper bats for a super simple but fun Halloween vibe that lives beyond the table. Then create a seasonal centerpiece surrounded by mini pumpkins. "The best thing about a Halloween arrangement is it can be sparse, dried, and organic as it adds to a haunted house feel," says Sugar and Charm.

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An affordable and easy way to put a Halloween spin on your favorite floral centerpiece? Just add black feathers to the bouquets, as Sugar and Charm did here.

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You may not have a giant candelabra on hand, but you probably have some summer lanterns. Refresh them for Halloween by filling them up with candy and placing them on top of faux spiderwebs. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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Who says Halloween is all about doom and gloom? Okay, like, all of history and pop culture, but that doesn't have to be the theme! If you live somewhere that's still warm or temperate in October, set up your dinner outside (bonus point if you can get access to or mimic a corn field or apple orchard), use unexpected pastel candles, and then create a fall centerpiece, as done here by Cheetah Is the New Black.

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Make things easier on yourself by orienting your decor around a singular color. In this Halloween spread from Sugar & Charm, all the candy, napkins, and accessories are cobalt blue.

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You don't have to go creepy on October 31st&mdashinstead, try a more sophisticated Halloween tablescape. A muted red tablecloth grounds this table while the wooden serveware sticks to the rustic, easy-going atmosphere. Keep it simple with a few pomegranates lining the center of the table.

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Don't forget to spruce up the bar cart while you're at it! Learn how to make this gorgeous garland (it also works for the fireplace or as a centerpiece) from Sugar and Cloth.

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Opt for pinks, peaches, and burgundies in your centerpiece rather than the classic warm orange-y fall palette. Then paint your pumpkins white! (Faux pumpkins work, too.)

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Tell, Love, & Party hung this tassel branch "chandelier" over her Halloween dinner table to extend the fun overhead. Paired with string lights and plenty of glimmering candles, it's a magical display indeed.

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Throwing a sophisticated grownup Halloween soiree? Decorate the table with a centerpiece like this by Cheetah Is the New Black. It's much more moody and romantic than your average Halloween decor. And then maybe throw in some festive coasters for good measure.

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Instead of using a runner or tablecloth, cover a dessert/buffet table in faux cobwebs. It's such an easy way top give your spread an instant Halloween aesthetic.

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This Halloween table decorated by Emily Henderson strikes the perfect balance between spirited and stylish. The harvest wreath on the wall is a great seasonal backdrop while the metallic painted pumpkins bring the autumnal vibes to the table and the moody black accents are a nod to All Hallow's Eve.

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Let the dessert do the talking. These cakes double as Halloween decor while the skeleton serveware is actually chic enough to live beyond the grave of October 31st.

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If you love the idea of serving your Halloween cocktails in a cauldron but want something a little less kitschy, take notes from this drink station by Sugar and Charm. A glass punch bowl is light, airy, and little dressier. But that nearby crow reminds us it's Halloween.

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A burnt orange linen runner and classic fall tableware keeps things casual and down to the earth and unpretentious. Name cards are also a good idea, preferably if they feature some Halloween-inspired design.

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Halloween doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. For something a little less grim, take note of the cheerful spread above. Decorate plating and serveware with wiggly eyes for a fun Halloween pop.

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Grab a couple of black candelabras, some black roses, and throw in a few skulls and spiders and you've got a kind of creepy but also a little glam Halloween centerpiece. See more at Hostess With The Mostess.

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When in doubt, dress your table up with a festive bouquet and some mini pumpkins. Done and done. See more at Sugar and Charm.

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Paired with an inky black serving board, stemware, napkins, this arrangement by Cheetah Is the New Black sets the scene for an elegant, grown-up Halloween dinner party.

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Decorate your table with skulls, spiderwebs, then fill jars with candy. Is it weird that we think this looks insanely chic? Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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We will brave the spiders when there's cheese involved. See more at Hostess With The Mostess.

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Honey Crisp and Goat Cheese Ladyfinger Crostini Appetizer

I served this delicious Honey Crisp and Goat Cheese Ladyfinger Crostini Appetizer at this dinner party. Yes, friends … have you ever had an appetizer served on a ladyfinger? Well you’re in for a great surprise, a mouthful of pure happiness! Ladyfingers (Savoiardi in Italian) are small, delicate sponge cakes that are shaped like large, rather fat fingers.

It’s also the season for cooking with pears and apples, as they’ve never tasted better. Mix in goat cheese, honey, pecans, and my favorite “winter herb,”—rosemary on delicious ladyfingers.

Set this plate of goodness out, and it will be devoured before you know it!

Today I’m showing you a very easy, beautiful, table setting for the holidays.

Tips for Making Halloween Recipes on a Budget

To save money on your Halloween meal or party food, focus on inexpensive ingredients and simple techniques that elevate everyday foods to Halloween level.

  • Draw Spiderwebs. A spider web drawn onto any everyday food instantly gives it a Halloween theme. For example, you can draw a sour cream spiderweb on seven-layer dip, a vanilla frosting spiderweb on a chocolate brownie, or a cream cheese spider web on a pizza. Start by putting your chosen spread into a zip-close bag or piping bag. Snip a small piece off the corner. Then follow the step-by-step spiderweb drawing instructions at Easy Peasy and Fun.
  • Mummify. Turning ordinary food into mummies is another time-honored Halloween tradition. For example, you can wrap strips of crescent dough around inexpensive hot dogs. Layer bands of white frosting over a cupcake. Or criss-cross strips of mozzarella cheese over a bagel.
  • Add Eyeballs. A random assortment of eyeballs makes any food look like a Halloween monster. Pick up a package of candy eyes, and add them to frosted cookies. Or melt chocolate, pour it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and top it with some eyeballs and Halloween-colored sprinkles to make Halloween candy bark. Sliced olives sitting atop a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese look like eyeballs on a pizza or in spaghetti, as do frozen peeled grapes floating in a punch bowl. See Food & Wine for more ways to give your food eyes.
  • Turn Inexpensive White Foods Into Ghosts. Whipped cream, sour cream, and vanilla frosting can all transform into a mounded ghost topping. For example, put a ghost made of whipped cream on top of chocolate pudding. Top a cupcake with a ghost made of vanilla frosting. Or build a collection of sour cream ghosts on top of a party dip like guacamole or bean dip. Make your ghost by filling a zip-close bag or piping bag with your chosen topping, snipping off a corner, and piping large swirls into a conelike shape, as shown on Sugar Spun Run.
  • Give Ordinary Drinks Halloween Names. Sometimes, everything’s in the name. Any red-colored drink instantly becomes a bloody vampiric treat. And green drinks can become snake venom or a witch’s brew. That’s an especially useful tip for parties, where cheap drinks — like fruit punch and soda — are essential for serving a large crowd.
  • Garnish Drinks With Creepy Objects. Turn a cheap punch recipe into a Halloween brew by tossing in some plastic eyeballs or spider rings. (Just be sure to wash them first and keep them away from any children under 3, as they’re a choking hazard.) Alternatively, fill a plastic glove with water and freeze it. Once frozen, remove the glove, and toss the frozen hand into the punch bowl. Or make individual ice cubes in Halloween shapes by freezing water or juice in inexpensive Halloween molds.
  • Rely on Inexpensive Store-Bought Foods. Cake and brownie mixes often sell for $1. A package of hot dogs is $2 to $3. And you can pick up a frozen pizza for under $5. All these foods easily transform into Halloween entrees and desserts with a few simple decorating techniques.

Setting The Perfect Easter Table – Step by Step

This has been one of my most pinned posts, so I thought I would share it again for the upcoming Easter Holiday. We all love to have a pretty tablescape for any occasion, and I think especially for the holidays. Easter is such a wonderful holiday where we dress up for Church to remember our Lord Jesus and children hunt for pretty dyed eggs and the Easter Bunny brings beautiful baskets filled with toys and treats. (This year with all the uncertainty, most Churches are doing service online-only, which is even more reason to create a pretty table for your family. Go ahead and hide those Easter eggs in the yard and celebrate the Lord. Watch Church on TV and Praise Him &ndash as all the family gets together to share in the Holiday Festivities and to enjoy a fabulous meal.) Setting a pretty table for the occasion can be daunting, but it really is so simple and it doesn&rsquot have to be expensive. Here is how I go about Setting The Perfect Easter Table &ndash Step by Step.

Let&rsquos take this ONE STEP AT A TIME

I like to start with either table runners or placemats. The table runners I am using I made from $3 yd remnant fabric. I just cut the size to fit my table. If you don&rsquot sew you can just turn under the edges and press with an iron. Since I am setting the table for 4, I chose to use two runners that I crossed on the table.

Next, I made a floral arrangement out of Dollar Tree flowers. I used two branches of Easter Lilies and one branch of filler. Add in some candlesticks if you would like to. Again look at Goodwill, you will find all kinds of candlesticks. I see glass or brass ones all the time, or you can spray paint wood ones. The 99 cent stores have candles all the time too.

Next, I like to add in my basic dinner setting. This is definitely when you can find amazing dishes and accessories at Goodwill and the 99c stores. These chargers came from Goodwill as well as the dinner plates. I often find beautiful napkins there too. Ross & TJMaxx are also great places to find inexpensive napkins &ndash usually around $6 for 4. I used gold flatware that was a gift, but you can use your everyday flatware too.

Next, I love to add my pretty stems. The tall stem came from Goodwill. They always have tons of stems of all kinds. I see pretty frosted or cut glass ones often. The 99c stores also have some beautiful stems in clear and colors. The shorter stem I am using was inherited from my mother-in-law.

At this point, we can stop and have an amazing tablescape- or we can add in some seasonal decor of some kind if we want to.

I have a collection of Faberge Eggs and Plates that I collected years ago. Easter is a favorite time to use them.

A simple white salad plate or bowl would look just as good.

You can use napkin rings to display a pretty dyed egg or &ndash cut sections off a toilet paper roll and paint them a pretty color. They are perfect to display an egg on.

how about using a Candy Rabbit or Peep next to each setting.

With that you are finished and it was super easy and so inexpensive.

Now you can just accept the compliments that your guests will be handing out.

Use what you have, shop goodwill and thrift stores, be creative. I am sure you will find pretty dishes and stems inexpensively that you can use to create a table that your family will love and you will be proud of.

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White Plates: Modern Thanksgiving Table

Natural elements and layers of texture elevate a neutral color scheme, while warm wooden accents prevent it from seeming stark. If you choose to add in color, keep it simple with just one shade (like aqua or yellow). Create a centerpiece of artfully arranged woodland accents, such as pinecones from the backyard and natural feathers from your kids' craft bin. Finish off each setting with a mini wreath (a long sprig of rosemary or thyme tied in a circle) and place card.

&ldquoA white plate provides the perfect canvas for a neutral, Scandinavian-inspired table.&rdquo
&mdashCamille Styles, founder of

To buy: Swedish Grace dinner plate, $35, Cheese stone, from $65,

Are Chargers Essential to Setting a Pretty Table?

When I think of the glitz and glamour of holiday entertaining, it can really mess with my mind. So if we want to keep a more simple approach, we can’t let “glitz” dictate us.

The table. It can be overwhelming when you think of all the holiday entertaining tableware, that is usually NOT brought out on a daily basis.

Remember to KISS! Kee it Simple, Sisters!

I love reader-inspired questions here at RE. I recently heard from my friend, Carolyn, who asked a very good question:

I had some questions about chargers. I’ve never used them, don’t own any and wondered 1) what is their purpose 2) how do I pick a set (color, design, size) and 3) do you use them for every dinner party, just formal ones or just for holidays?

This is what I know about chargers:

-They are large decorative plates that sit beneath the course plates.

-They create a background for the meal.

-They really make a table pretty!

-Are they essential to entertaining? No.

-What’s the purpose of a charger? They are for decoration, so food is not to be served directly on a charger.

-Do they add to a table setting? Yes.

-What if your space is cramped? Don’t use them. It’s more important to fit people around the table comfortably than to worry about the table looking “perfect.”

-Do I use them only holidays? No. I keep them in an accessible place to use for all kinds of entertaining.

-Do I use them for everyday? Absolutely not.

-Do you keep them on the table for all courses? Some remove them when the main course arrives, but it’s up to you. Usually they should be removed (down to the placemats or table cloth) when dessert is served.

I like to encourage “newer” hostesses to borrow a set of chargers for a special party, rather than go out and buy brand new. In this case, I borrowed white chargers for this outdoor dinner party.

My friend borrowed my dishes, here, but used her own RED chargers for the table setting. So pretty!

I saw this beautiful blue color at Michaels the other day and text this photo to my friend Lindsay (they matched her dining room perfectly).

How to get started using chargers

-How many? Buy a set of 12.

-Where do you buy them? Inexpensive ones at Michaels or Dollar Tree. For more expensive chargers, the sky’s the limit … Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel.

-What colors do I have? I have a set of 12 gold and 12 silver. And then a set of 12 more pewter (silver), in the smaller size, that I use for outdoor entertaining. I bought all 12 of these at a yard sale for $5. Bargain! I recently bought 16 bronze colored chargers at Michaels for 80-cents each. ($1 on-sale plus a 20% off coupon.)

-What color do you use the most? Silver – because my “silverware” is silver.

But I also love gold, for holiday or fall-time entertaining.

Have you ever used chargers under your dinner plates with holiday entertaining, and what’s your favorite color?

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15 Comments on &ldquoAre Chargers Essential to Setting a Pretty Table?&rdquo

I have to say that I never understood the appeal of chargers. I don’t own any & have never used them. It makes no sense to me to put a dollar store plate under a $100 dollar china plate!! Personally, I think it looks tacky.

Maybe using more expensive chargers would look better.

Hey MaryAnn, feel free to use whatever chargers go with your table! Or not! Thanks for commenting!

Hi, I’m not used to using chargers but do own two sets. My chargers are the
plastic-ish kind that was popuar when they became more accessible (for me anyway) so long ago. I was wondering if that kind is still ok to use, or are those considered tacky?
I’m embarrassed asking that. I really have no idea, that could be the greatest thing and wouldn’t know. Thank you for the help.

That was a really old post, and really, it doesn’t matter. I often don’t use them anymore!

Another question, what can you do to keep the dinner plate from sliding on a glass charger? I bought this beautiful plate and charger set and the plate slides all over the place. I refuse to return them because of how pretty they are. Any thoughts?

Maybe put tape on the bottom of the plates? That might work (masking tape). I haven’t had that happen, but I can see where there would be annoying! Let me know!

Love your posts! I’m vacationing in Florida for the month of March and picked up water goblets from the dollar store…so pumped!! Been admiring yours for months now!!
Can I ask what colour your walls are in the room above? Going home to paint but have to choose a colour first. I have an open concept bungalow so I need a colour that flows thru many rooms….Donna from Ottawa Canada

I love using chargers if it works and it often depends on how many I have to seat. They can be pricey, it’s best to get them on sale. They do look beautiful but it’s not a necessity! Beautiful tables.

What beautiful table settings! I love using chargers, although I only have two sets. I have a beautiful set of walnut stained wood chargers that I use for elegant yet rustic table settings. I also have a basketweave rattan set of chargers that I use year ’round for special family meals. They are a little more casual, and look beautiful when we eat outdoors, too!

Sandy I really appreciate your take…the voice of reason…on chargers. I know they are being used everywhere and that makes a lot of gals feel the need to use them too.
I did get a set at Wal-mart a few weeks ago for 99 cents each. I had fun creating a silver tablescape for a dinner party. But, as pretty and fun as it was…my plates…older and thus smaller….looked a little lost on the 13 inch chargers.
Thanks too for explaining when they should come off the table.
Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas.

Fun to read this … I just purchased my first set of twelve red chargers at Michaels on sale + 20% off. I may need to go back and invest in other colors. Can’t wait to set the table for Christmas brunch in our newly remodeled kitchen. Always enjoy reading your blog!

Love, love chargers. They are like a good piece of jewelry but on your table. I have them in many colors and textures. In reality, they make great strides in keeping your tablecloth clean. I like to place a lace doily (estate and garage sales) in between the plate and the charger. This way the dinner plate is less apt to slide around. I use them most of the time. Casual and formal.

I have a set of purple (perfect with red plates for Valentines Day), a set of brown with a weave-like pattern (which I found at Grocery Outlet and used on my Thanksgiving table – did you see my post on this? I also showcased the velvet pumpkins I won on your site Sandy!) and a set of gold for Christmas/New Years.

I like the red though and saw some at the Dollar Tree – hmmm…wonder if they still have them :-)

I think another intended purpose is also to help keep your tablecloth clean?

I’ve always wanted to use chargers but our dinner parties tend to be so casual that I just do regular old plates instead. I think it would be so fun to change it up though!

I gave away all of my holiday place mats before leaving Ukraine this summer, so we’ll be using my mom’s chargers when they arrive this week! I had the same thought to give them a whirl before buying any for myself! :)


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