This Halloween Dessert Buffet was created by the talented Heather Christo. “I absolutely love Halloween! I love the costumes, the dark décor, the pumpkins, the sweets….I created this dark and spooky table and decor with all of my favorite items in mind. I didn’t want the decor to be too cliché, so I gravitated initially to a black and white theme- but when I stumbled onto the glitter, I knew that was going to be the focus of the table. I am a sucker for glamour!” This was the perfect balance of scary and child friendly. Before this ghoulish party began, Heather’s daughter Coco turned this witches pot into a stew of “Coco-Van”…
Heather focused on a color scheme of black and natural tones, speckled with mass amounts of glitter! “I am all about using items that you find in your own home, so you will notice that there are lots of my regular old cake plates. There are also black and silver dragon salt and pepper shakers, votives with a glitter skull sticker applied, and my mercury candlesticks typically pulled out at Christmas time!”
“Spiders were a major detail component. They are everywhere from a huge one crawling on one of the skulls, to the smaller varieties perched near cupcakes, on cupcakes, and scattered at the base of the treats. Things like the skull and cross bones votive holders, and the matching picks in the cupcakes make for cohesiveness. The glittered spider were one fun craft. I just brushed cheap plastic spider rings with craft glue and dipped them in black and dark grey glitter for a dazzling affect! The same technique works for transforming the Styrofoam bones into spooky treasures!”
Heather also incorporated natural elements such as (faux!) tortoise shells, ostrich eggs and other “dead” items such as coral and abandoned shells that give it a “ye olde curiosity shop” feel. “I loved including natural elements that gave the table a creepy taxidermist feel!” Coffee dyed and ripped cheese cloth, and spider webs hung from corners and candles to create a super creepy feel. Dozens of insects were glittered DIY style, as were the shimmering skulls and bones.
There is also an apothecary jar full of homemade white chocolate bones and white chocolate skulls labeled “Goblin Bones.” A vintage feeling bar stocked with decanters and retro cocktail shakers are watched over by a wart ridden magical toad. There are test tube vials filled with a cocktail shot made up of pop rocks, vodka and 7-up, and “eye-ball” martini’s!
To cater to any trick-or-treater’s sweet tooth, Heather had red velvet cakes baked in mini mason jars, topped with toasted marshmallow fluff and topped with creepy skeleton arms crawling out of them!
Pumpkin cupcakes topped with caramel buttercream and creepy spiders and apple cupcakes with maple frosting and skull and cross bones round out the homemade treats! There is also a beautiful bowl brimming with black licorice “ring worms.”
Heather’s advice is to use your imagination, and things from around your own home to create your own wonderful spooky Halloween Table. “I would serve a hot steaming pot of pumpkin soup and fresh green salad before digging into this Halloween Dessert Buffet!”
Thanks Heather for sharing this spooky and shimmering dessert table with us!