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Halloween Decorations that are to Die For

Halloween entertaining - beautiful Halloween table setting

Last year I wanted to execute the idea, but in a time crunch, I was unsuccessful finding a skeleton with the bones attached. I was delightfully surprised to find this not-too-creepy skeleton at Target last week and he’s been riding around with us since. Well, until I served him up for Halloween decorations.

Pretty Halloween decorating ideas from lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

We named him Bob. Bye, bye, Bob. He’s been making the girls giggle all week. Imagine their surprise when they came home from school today to find him laid out on our table.

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I’m always in favor of Halloween decorations that are slightly pretty, just a little creepy and not too cheesy. This Halloween table is perfect for entertaining dinner guests or as a backdrop to a buffet and it only takes 20 minutes to make!

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I was really excited about creating this Halloween table setting, but also a little cautious. Would it be too disturbing? I turned to a couple of friends who said yes, but I was dead set on it and thought “what’s the harm?”

Halloween party decorating ideas from entertaining blogger Julie Blanner

I’d love to know, do you love it or hate it? Don’t worry, you won’t hurt Bob’s feelings.

Pretty Halloween decorations

Halloween entertaining - beautiful Halloween table setting

To create your own skeleton table, you’ll need:


small bud vases {I used beaker style vases found in the $3 Target aisle}

large vase

flowers {roses, thistle, seeded eucalyptus}


Pretty Halloween decorating ideas from lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

  1. Position your skeleton however you’re most comfortable {or uncomfortable, if that’s what you’re going for}. I decided to position an arm/hand to hold a vase and the other arm to be reaching toward the large vase of flowers.
  2. Arrange your flowers, with the buds just above the neck of the vases. Disperse along the table on both sides of your skeleton.
  3. Add apples to each place setting and enjoy!

The best Halloween party ideas | skeleton buffet


The best Halloween party ideas | skeleton buffet

I have a little more Halloween fun coming later this week…I hope to see you again soon!


Halloween entertaining - beautiful Halloween table setting

fresh Halloween party decorating ideas


Pretty Halloween decorations

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

37 comments on “Halloween Decorations that are to Die For”

  1. Haha! Julie, really, that is the BEST! You are so hilarious. Can’t believe you can make it look classy!

  2. I LOVE it Julie! Classy and funny, have pinned for next year!x

  3. Ha ha – that is a pretty funny table decoration Julie. I love it.

  4. LOVE this!!! Looks awesome!

  5. Even though is not a celebration that I like, I have to say that you did an amazing work by the color combination and make a skeleton look pretty and also make it match with the whole theme.

  6. This is awesome! I never would have thought of this 🙂

  7. Love the hand holding the flowers…I’m creeped out and laughing at the same time! I need him… Wouldn’t it be fun to cover yourself in a black sheet with Bob attached to it so you can’t be seen? Can you imagine the screams on Halloween as you open the door to hand out candy?

  8. I love it! No idea why, but skeletons just crack me up (I probably need to figure that out)…I say Bob stays!

  9. Love it! Pretty darned fun.

  10. This is really creative- I loved it instantly. I enjoy some of the creepy stuff related to Halloween so I don’t mind this at all. A black light on this in the evening would really be awesome!

  11. “Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today,
    Tomorrow will be dying.”

    Robert Herrick

  12. Julie, I LOVE IT!!!! It made me laugh so hard I nearly spit out my hot chocolate. So clever.

  13. What a great idea and it actually looks pretty as well as quite funny!

  14. The pairing of the apples with stems, pastel florals and that skeleton tossed right in the mix and he color coordinates – I’m not sure what I love the best! Creepy meets quaint! Love it!

  15. Love it. It’s hysterically pretty. Not creeped out in the least. I’ve pinned for next year. 😀 Hope your family has an awesome Halloween!

  16. I love how pretty AND scary these decorations look. So fun!

  17. Seriously, only you can make a skeleton on your dining room table look elegant!! LOVE it 🙂

  18. Love this idea! So elegant yet perfect for Halloween party!

  19. I love this! Brilliant!

  20. This is the best!! I have a few of these skeletons but have never thought about using it on the table. Thanks for the fun and festive idea!

  21. I would have agreed with your friends…until I saw it! Not creepy at all. Just creative with some seasonal whimsy.

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