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A Moody DIY Halloween Tablescape from David Stark Design

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A Moody DIY Halloween Tablescape from David Stark Design

October 29, 2018

We’re always interested to see what our party planner extraordinaire friend David Stark is up to—especially around the holidays. This Halloween, he and his team came up with a DIY tablescape featuring dried gourds spray painted black. “Our goal was to create an elegant yet appropriately moody black-on-black tablescape using dried gourds—their curvy necks create spooky ghostlike forms. The table is set with black plates, flatware, and glassware, in a mix of glossy and matte; the varying scale of the place settings creates visual and tactile interest.” Here’s a how-to:

Photography by Corrie Hogg, courtesy of David Stark Design and Production.

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Above: The Black Woven Pendant Lamp is from World Market; the Drohgo Taper Candleholders are from CB2. The candles are from Greentree Home.
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Above: The gloss black ceramic Charger Plates are from M.Crow. The Nouvel Studio Twist Tumblers are from Barneys, and the Marta Smoke Tumbler and the Allegra Flatware are from CB2. The black Festival Napkins are from Sferra.
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Above: David and his team customized black muslin drawstring bags from Etsy with simple embroidery in orange (an easier route is to use a paint pen or gel pen) and used them as place cards. The black macarons are also from Etsy.

How To

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Above: “We coated the dried gourds with spray paint,” David says, “but they could be painted by hand with a brush. Dried gourds are for sale all over the place this time of year, but we got ours from Amish Gourds.”
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Above: Simple craft paper stands keep the gourds from rolling around on the table.
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Above: Cut strips of black card stock paper; form the strips into loops and secure in place with double stick tape.

See more festive David Stark holiday table settings:

An Architect-Inspired Thanksgiving Table from Designer David Stark

A David Stark–Designed Holiday Table Setting

Tiny Bouquets: 8 Ideas for Floral Arrangements in Miniature Vases

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