Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween

I think I have been saying “goodbye” to summer for three weeks now. But, that’s exactly what I’ve done- nothing more, nothing less. While I’ve been planning to bring out autumn in our home every day for weeks, I haven’t actually gotten around to the “doing it” part. But, I did manage to get my act together for some Halloween entertaining ideas. I don’t go crazy for Halloween but I love any excuse to create a themed dinner party. Remember my gothic table setting from last year (HERE)? This year, I considered what I already had – my mind immediately went to my peacock feather placemats – and I set out to create a masquerade dinner party for Halloween.

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Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-mask hanging from door knob

No worries, y’all- you aren’t entering a “50 Shade of Gray” zone, here haha! It didn’t hit me until I edited this picture why it made me feel a little embarrassed. And then, of course, I had to include it 😉

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-elegant blue dining room

I am asked all the time, “where do you store all of your stuff”? The truth is, yes, I have a lot; yes, I am lucky to have basement storage; but, I don’t have as much as it may appear, even with all the entertaining and tablescapes I create. I am always looking to repurpose what I already have in different ways. Believe it or not, the only items I purchased to bring this table together were the masks, skulls, and a few stray peacock feathers.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-unique table setting idea for party

Ok, so I said in coming up with this year’s concept, I thought about what I already had – peacock feather place mats (mine are no longer available but I found some fraternal twins HERE) – which made me think of costumes – which made me think of masquerade. So fun and so simple. Then, I found super affordable (8 for $8) masks HERE for each place setting. They are each just a tad different and even if you aren’t planning a dinner, they make for an excellent favor. OR, if you are planning ahead for New Year’s Eve, they would be a hit!

IG Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting- peacock feathers in flower arrangement

The entire table concept was born from those two items- lacy black masks and peacock feathers. Could I have gone out and bought all new items- black plates, a lace tablecloth, goblets, etc.? Sure! But what’s the fun in that? It is far more enjoyable (and sensible) to choose one point of inspiration and see how your table and party evolves from that. Shopping my home is basically my sport of choice 😉

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-birds eye view of tablescape

Per the usual, my floral centerpieces are usually dictated by the local Costco/Trader Joe’s offerings. I mixed some pink and plum with hydrangeas from the yard. They are on their way out for the season so they are starting to get a dappling of purple. I finished off the arrangement, just to tie it all together in a slightly obnoxious way, with some peacock feather picks from Michaels. But, they have a more abundant and less expensive selection HERE.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-elegant dinner party

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-mask place setting ideas

While I was hunting for dog beds in HomeGoods (is that anyone else’s go-to for pets?), I had to pass through the Halloween aisle. I had zero intentions of purchasing anything… but then, I saw them. Skulls with masquerade masks.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-skull with mask

In typical Kelley Nan fashion, I obviously bought five of them. Also in typical Kelley Nan fashion, I only actually used two 😉

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_elegant centerpiece

Ok, and maybe this guy too.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-bust with mask

I kept the bar cart setup super simple – extending a few details from the table to tie it together.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-gold bar cart

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-elegant tablescape for halloween

For any dinner party, especially a masquerade dinner party for Halloween, it’s fun to have a few activities up your sleeve 😉


During cocktails and appetizers, it’s the perfect chance to get everyone talking and especially if guests don’t know each other, an opportunity to play a simple icebreaker game. You can get as creative as you want but try to find a way to stick with the theme of mystery and secrets for your masquerade. A classic icebreaker is to have each guest list off three “facts” about themselves- two being truths and one lie. Have each person around the table guest which is the false fact. This is an instant way to find common interests and experiences with those you don’t know as well, and discover things you didn’t know from even your closest friends.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-mask at place setting


Also sticking with the theme of mystery, following your meal, you can serve guests a variety of beverages in tasting glasses. There’s a couple different approaches you could take but each guest will only be able to rely on their senses to determine the beverages they prefer. Here’s an easy activity. Choose one type of wine but across varying prestige/price points. Label the bottles with numbers so you know what you’re serving. Have your guests rank the tastes and at the end of the experiment, everyone will be able to see if their personal preferences have been swayed by pricier varieties in the past.

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-peacock accents

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_-floral arrangement

Masquerade Dinner Party for Halloween with Full Table Setting_dining room dinner party

We will actually be heading out of town on November 1 so our Halloween will be minimal (not that it isn’t always, but especially this year). But, fall is most definitely happening THIS WEEK. Stay tuned for upcoming seasonal fun; my fall home tour will be going live on September 21.

Chairs – Linen | Bar Cart12-Light Chandelier | Candle Holders | Mirror: Homegoods – (SIMILAR) | Dining Table:  (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | MasksCurtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool (SIMILAR) | Lamps: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Gold Flatware | Gold Chargers | Silver Tea Service: Family Heirloom – (SIMILAR) | Place Mats (SIMILAR) | Gold Candle Sticks (Tapered) | Gold Candle Sticks (Pillar) | Peacock Feathers | Skulls: HomeGoods | Centerpiece Bowl: HomeGoods | Waterford Padova China | Waterford Bassano China | Velvet Navy Pillows | Church Painting | Water Lillies Art | Paint: Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle

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  1. 9.11.17
    Teri said:

    Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard when you referenced 50 shades to that mask. I was thinking the same thing.

    Anyway…. moving on 🙂 I really love the depth you achieved with this stunning color palette. It’s so sophisticated and unexpected colors too. I love the peacock feathers and the burgundy. It’s so pretty. Your guests are lucky!

    • 9.11.17

      Teri, I couldn’t figure out why it made me feel so funny haha! Thank you so much- we have enjoyed them <3

  2. 9.11.17

    beautiful table and I love the idea for icebreaker games 🙂

  3. 9.11.17
    robyn said:

    I knew I recognized those skulls! I was browsing in Home Goods the other day and saw a few of those. I was tempted, but declined. Now I am rethinking…

    • 9.12.17

      Robyn, yes!! HAHA- I wasn’t even looking and then there they were!

  4. 9.11.17
    Bree said:

    Kelley this is gorgeous, as always!!!

    • 9.12.17

      Bree, thank you so much my sweet friend! xoxo

  5. 9.11.17
    Haneen said:

    You are a freaking rockstar! Love it all! So fun!

    • 9.12.17

      Haneen! I’m blushing! Thank you so much!

  6. 9.12.17
    Joni King said:

    This is another stunning table setting!! I need be there to help you when you create your settings; I mean after all, who gets to drink the wine all ready poured in your beautiful glasses. I’m up for the challenge. Congrats Kelley Nan, you have nailed another masterpiece! Hugs!

    • 9.12.17

      Joni, why aren’t you here?! You are so so right. Sending hugs your way! xoxo

  7. 9.12.17

    Kelley the table turned out so pretty!!! I love really that filigree mask, it’s so hot, might have to borrow it 😉 Fantastic theme too!!!

    • 9.13.17

      Jen, thank you!! And come on over- I have one with your name all over it! (haha 😉 )

  8. 9.12.17

    the link for the masks go to the placemats 🙁

    • 9.13.17

      Stephanie, thank you! I tried to update a few times… I think it is working now!

  9. 9.13.17
    Andrea said:

    I really like this. I especially like how you went with red wine / grape juice to co-ordinate. Very clever! I also like how you repurposed, as storage is always an issue – especially for a UK reader with a smaller home!

    • 9.13.17

      Andrea, thank you! Yes, it’s hard keeping up with a lot of pieces… I keep my plates/china sets minimal but go crazy over easy-to-store napkins 😉

  10. 9.15.17
    GF said:

    Haha, love the first photo:)
    The table turned out gorgeous!

  11. 10.6.17

    Kelly this tablescape is absolutely gorgeous down to every last detail. I’ve come back to it several times because it’s truly breathtaking.

    I would love for you to join our Hauntingly Beautiful Decor link party. We plan to do features on Fridays with a big round-up of the Top 10 posts on Oct. 31st. Your tablescape would be a wonderful addition. I hope you’ll consider joining us. ❤️


    • 10.10.17

      Olivia, that means so much; thank you! And I would love to!

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