Yesterday I left you hanging…

just like the little guy dangling from a thread on my dinner napkins!

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Here’s how my tablescaping plan unfolded…

In 2006, Longaberger came out with some fun Wrought Iron Spider Legs that held a small or a large Autumn Treats Basket.  I have both baskets and with the Spider Legs, they have been a fun decorating option for me the past several falls.  Whenever I went to my Longaberger (affiliate link) storage area those Spider Legs called out to me.  Maybe that was in the back of my mind the day I stopped to pick up a few things at Aldi.  There I spied some orange napkins with black polka dots by the checkout.  I love polka dots, so I had to inspect them more closely.  The napkins had a single cute spider hanging from a thread imprinted among all those polka dots…and just 99 cents, too!  Of course, I had no idea when or how I would use them…but that didn’t matter…they were so inexpensive.  Plus there were black with orange dot beverage napkins, too.  Who knew that my two dollar expenditure could put such spring fall in my step. - Tablescaping with Black Spiders and Orange Polka Dots - Longaberger Wrought Iron Spider Legs & 2006 Autumn Treats Basket


Do you have an idea where I am going with this?
Yep!  I’m planning a spider party.  Um…tablescape.

A black tablecloth will set the stage.  Fortunately, I have some clear dinner and dessert plates in my stash.  As much as I love my Longaberger dinnerware.  I’ve had mine since 1992 when the only choice was either the red or blue petal design trimming the basket weave rim of the plates.  They aren’t exactly the perfect look for a black and orange spider party,  are they?  Quite a few years ago we were entertaining large groups and though I have two full settings of Longaberger Woven traditions Dinnerware, I didn’t have enough plates for the group I would be entertaining.  For that party, I planned to get some nice paper plates, but a Wal-Mart ad arrived in my mailbox and I could purchase 12 clear glass plates (affiliate link) for a great price.  So, I jumped at it.  As long as I don’t have more than 24 people….I’m good.


Tablescaping with Black Spiders and Orange Polka Dots - Halloween Table Setting


I set out the clear glass plates and simply placed the full napkin in the middle.  It’s not something I usually do, but what a WOW!  Next, I added my crystal goblets.  My husband remarked that one goblet cost more than all the plates on the table.  I thought that was pretty funny.

Remember how smitten I am with polka dots?  I got out my punch and orange card stock and punched out orange polka dots and sprinkled them down the center of the table.  Too fun!

Every evening dinner needs candlelight.  And since I like everything to be low on the table I didn’t add tapers to my candlesticks.  Instead, I placed these clear glass swirly dessert dishes, I bought when we lived in Indiana from the Indiana Glass outlet in Muncie, on top of the candlesticks and some right on the table.  I love the pattern they cast when they have tea lights flickering in them.   Since it’s pumpkin season I added a few pumpkins on glass Longaberger candle pedestals, also. - Tablescaping with Black Spiders and Orange Polka Dots - Spider fun


Keeping the spider theme going…my wrought iron spider legs and basket was placed on the table and filled with some cookie spiders I made for both table decor and after dinner treat.   My guests loved these….a fun after dinner “mint,” before coffee and dessert.  It seems that black licorice ropes are no longer to be found.  I actually got out my scissors and cut the spider legs from black Twizzlers.  That’s wasn’t fun, but seeing my friends enjoy the sweet novelty made it so worth the extra effort.


The silver was polished and we were all set to receive guests.  Except I thought I needed something more spidery.  But, what?  Voila!  I had an idea.  Since Trick or Treat was postponed because of “Sandy” I still had my bags of spider rings.  What?  When we were in the store a few weeks ago,  I spied these bags of spider rings and thought they would be perfect for our trick or treaters.   First, they were just $1.97 for 100.  Second, they were fun.  And third, I wouldn’t be tempted to eat them!!  One would think I had spiders on the brain.  I borrowed a bag from the trick or treaters stash and took out some black spider rings (I passed on the orange and green and purple ones.).  Wouldn’t you know it.  The rings had a little split in them and I could easily slip them around the stems of the goblets.   I couldn’t stop there….I also added them to the pumpkins, and the candle holders, too!

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The table was scaped!  The only thing left to do….light the tea lights…wait for the doorbell to ring….and see smiles emerge on the faces of my friends.

I’d love to hear about an unexpected table setting or theme you had fun with.


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  1. Some of your pictures didn’t come through…

    • Diane says

      Thanks Cookie….I’ll check it out? Did you refresh your browser?

  2. Mel says

    OH my gosh…….it’s AWESOME!
    I love it, I love it, I LOVE it!

    We had chili on the run as we waited for trick or treaters–with decorated napkins.
    BORING, huh? LOL
    Yours is just awesome. Holy cow–you’re a tablescape PRO!
    Well done!

    • Diane says

      Awww Mel, you are so sweet! Who knew I could be so smitten with spiders…teehee!

  3. Jean says

    I love your tablescape! What a fun use for your spiders. I also love the use of the “real” plates. I forget sometimes that it is just as easy to find a deal on them as on paper.

    • Diane says

      I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my “real” plates….Heehee! They’ve even graced the tables of a few friends for their gatherings too. I think I got my money’s worth!

  4. UMMMM, WOW!!! I am blown away by this whole table…that could seriously be in a magazine!! So glad I got to stop by from SITS Sharefest to see this! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Awww Ashley, what nice things to say! It was a ton of fun to do!
      I love SITS Sharefest because we do get to “bump” in to people we otherwise might not every brush shoulders with.
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!!

  5. i might be a bit smitten now too. it looks terrific. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

    • Diane says

      Who knew spiders and polka dots could be so much fun?!!
      Thanks for stopping by Katie. I always enjoy all the eye candy at your blog hop!

  6. Absolutely beautiful. What fun for a party. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

    • Diane says

      Awww thanks Miss Robin!!
      Hope your weekend is simply extraordinary!

  7. WOw, that looks wonderful. Great job.

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here:

  8. Great decorations; so fun! Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! We love having you join us! Have a great week!
    Mackenzie 🙂

    • Diane says

      Mackenzie, you have such a wonderful gathering on Saturdays. Thanks for being such a gracious host!
      Wishing you an extraordinary week!

  9. Betty Brown says

    Awesome but my ? Is,what did you serve.:)

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks!! It was a potluck Betty. 🙂 Yum!!

  10. Jenna says

    I love your polka dots and spiders Diane! Very fun!


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