I don’t typically run styled shoots because I like to showcase real love on this site, but I’m a sucker for Halloween so when Karma Flowers sent me this devilishly chic Day of the Dead-themed inspiration shoot, I just had to share.
If you have an affinity for things that go bump in the night, this shoot is sure to inspire whether on a small scale, such as Day of the Dead cake toppers, or grand with your entire wedding day tabletop design.
From the design team:
When we set out to create a Halloween tablescape, we knew we wanted three things: a departure from the traditional symbolism, an incorporation of different cultures and DIY projects that were easily replicated. We decided that the Day of the Dead or Le Dia de Los Muertos, was a concept that would allow us to achieve all three challenges. Sugar skulls are the most notable representation of the Mexican holiday and our sugar skull doll (straight from Mexico City) quickly became our muse. Her soft colors helped us develop an unexpected palette of yellows, pinks, grays and oranges. The skulls and skeletons themselves were the best way to incorporate traditional Halloween characters, but with a fresh twist. And the best part was that old skull decorations could easily be dusted off and rejuvenated with a coat of white paint and a bit of creativity.
Plastic punch bowls and cutlery often make Halloween feel a bit disposable. By incorporating beautiful china, hemp cloth napkins and gold flatware, we added a bit of elegance to the celebration. The black-and-white candlesticks with pink-and-red striped taper candles are a nod to the colorful nature and exaggerated feel of the holiday. Most of these elements can be unearthed from your everyday collections of tableware and knick-knacks. We accented the table with carnations, one of the most cost-effective and accessible flowers that comes in a variety of colors. Lastly, for the dramatic, ambient lighting, we added several tea lights.