Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” A Candlelit Table for Halloween

Welcome to the 732nd Tablescape Thursday! I rarely buy new dinnerware these days since I have plenty for entertaining and such, but every once in a while I’ll stumble across some salad plates that steal my heart and I can’t pass them up.

Halloween Tablescape, Between Naps On The Porch


One of my favorite Halloween decorations, maybe even my favorite, are these spooky blackbirds that I came across quite a few years back in Hobby Lobby. They had them in stock for a couple of years in a row, and I loved them so much I bought some both years. I wonder if they have them this year.

Black & White Halloween Table, Black Crow Centerpiece


When I spotted this whimsical raven dinnerware, I knew I needed a set! (Tablecloth is available here: Halloween Tablecloth.)

Edgar Allan Poe, Raven, Halloween Table Setting


One of my favorite ravens in this set is the one looking back over his shoulder. Somehow that makes him look extra spooky! Ha! So I placed one of the back-looking ravens at each setting. They started out atop the salad plate, but somewhere along the way, I decided to move them to the table alongside the stemware. I’m always moving things and trying them in different spots when setting the table so things don’t always end up where they start out.

Whimsical Halloween Table, Raven, Edgar Allan Poe Theme


The charger plates came from Horchow online back in 2008. This porcelain dinnerware with its gold rim would be interesting contrasting against rustic, grapevine/woven chargers, too.

Halloween China, Raven Themed


I love this pattern so much! It’s just the right amount of spooky for Halloween! (Dinnerware is available here: Raven/Crow Porcelain China.)

Raven Dinnerware, Halloween China, Edgar Allan Poe


The orange and black buffalo check napkins are still available here: Buffalo Check Plaid Napkins. Unfortunately, the black and white Halloween napkins were a find a few years back and I don’t think they are still available. I found them here: Halloween Napkins. A tablecloth and a table runner are still available in this Halloween print here: Halloween Tablecloth/Table Runner. The beaded, black napkin rings are from Old Time Pottery many years ago.

Halloween Napkins, Black Flatware


The flatware is Cambridge Neapolitan and it is normally available in many different colors. Unfortunately, it seems to be sold out everywhere right now.

Elegant Black Flatware, Great for Halloween


No Halloween table with ravens would be complete without some Edgar Allan Poe to spice things up. I love the cover of this book featuring his greatest works. You’ll find it available here: Edgar Allan Poe Book.

Greatest Works of Edgar Allan Poe


Please note, the Low Branch House wine was made with “hand-pecked ingredients.” Ha! I think I found the label in Michaels one year, but it’s been a few years now, so hard to remember.

Halloween Wine Bottle with Raven


Getting dark now. I almost missed getting photos of this table by candlelight. The cardinals love coming to the feeders hanging off the deck, late in the evening. They always arrive just as it’s starting to get dark. I didn’t want to frighten them away by moving close to the table/window to take photos, so I waited as long as I could. Finally, I had to take my photos because it was almost dark out. Thankfully, as I moved closer to light the candles and take pictures, they made the little chipping sounds they love to make and kept right on eating. I think they are used to seeing me inside throughout the day.

Candlelight Dining, Halloween Table Setting, Raven Themed


Halloween table settings are always best at night, aren’t they?

Candlelight Halloween Table Setting, Raven Themed


I placed a white tablecloth underneath this fun, lacey, Halloween-themed tablecloth. (Tablecloth is available here: Halloween Tablecloth.)

Fun Halloween Table with Raven Dinnerware, Candlelight Table


The heavy, painted candelabra was a find many years ago in A Classy Flea. The black glassware is from Dollar Tree, I think.

Halloween Candlelight Tablescape, Raven Themed


The candles are from Colonial Candle–love the quality of their candles and how long they burn.

Spooky Halloween Tablescape, Raven Themed


I really love the cover of this book! They did such a beautiful job designing it and it’s perfect to have out somewhere this time of year. (Book is available here: Edgar Allan Poe Book.)

Greatest Works of Edgar Allan Poe Book


Spooky Raven Halloween Table, Candlelight


Another view of this whimsical china by candlelight… (Raven dinnerware can be found here: Raven Porcelain Dinnerware.)

Raven China, Halloween China, Halloween Table


Happy Halloween!

Candlelight Halloween Table Setting, Raven Themed


Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Halloween Tablescape, Between Naps On The Porch


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  1. Susan, over the years I’ve been inspired by many of your Halloween tablescapes, but this is my new favorite. I can understand having to have those raven plates — so special! And all the details make for a perfectly styled setting. Lots of pinning!

  2. I really like this tablescape, mainly because it makes me think of my Dad. He enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry and quoted it often. Those black birds are so perfect with this fun china, and all your other details make this a great Halloween table.

    • Thanks so much, Joy! Aww, love that it reminded you of your Dad! Poe definitely had a way with words and he could do “scary” like no one else! 🙂

  3. Jackie Allen says

    Love, Love, Love – wow — I have really fallen down this season. Yes- of course I have my kitchen table set with Halloweenware – and props – but my party this year is James Bond themed so it really is different. I am getting close to being finished – I will send you some pictures the week of the 17th. I absolutely love the Raven dishware. Edgar Allen Poe is a favorite theme of mine. This is a favorite tablescape post of mine too!

    Hope you are well! – Jackie from Dallas

    • Thanks, Jackie! I thought about you when I was working on this table and wondering if you were getting ready for Halloween. Look forward to seeing your pictures!

  4. SPOOKTACULAR tablescape. Your best so far. Everything is just fabulous. I love those dishes! The tablecloth is fabulous and so is your candelabra.
    It looked beautiful at night. As a Halloween lover, you have my 5-star stamp of approval on this one! 🙂 Perfection.
    Happy Halloween!!

    • Thanks so much, Anne! I love Halloween, too. It was sooo much fun when I was a kid and I love seeing all the costumes when the little ones are out trick-or-treating. So glad you enjoyed this table!

  5. Snowflake281 says

    Wow, this is absolutely right up my alley. Everything coordinates so well without it looking too matchy-matchy. Outstanding! I have no doubt that you’ll be receiving more “raven” reviews on this tablescape.

  6. You outdid yourself this year. Halloween isn’t celebrated here but plenty of other things to celebrate.

    • Thanks, Ginger! I didn’t realize that…that it wasn’t celebrated there. It should be called “Candy Day!” lol

      • They have Day of the Dead but not the same. Some gringoes give candy to the kids but some Mexicans don’t appreciate it since they don’t celebrate it but of course the children love it.

  7. Bonnie Short says

    Oh Susan! I love everything about this table!! I’m so tempted to buy those plates! As always, you’re such an inspiration. Happy Halloween – my favorite season!

    • Bonnie, I thought about you when I came across them…they definitely looked like a pattern you would love. I love your Halloween decorations and tables!

  8. What a fun table – I love the ravens, especially in their jaunty bows! Great plates too, and as usual, the whole setting is spectacular! I’m glad your little birdies are used to you – it’s so fun to watch them as you work. Thanks for the Halloween inspiration and for hosting too. Happy Thursday!

  9. Curses! I had to order the raven salad plates! I have collected so many plates with no good excuses- such as having a blog. I just like tabletops. This is very cute. I have also collected a lot of fall/Halloween decor which has all been up for awhile now. It is one of my favorites after Christmas decor. We even hang pumpkin lights outside. I think I have to order the spider web tablecloth too. I would love to see photos of the cardinals. Do not see them in Colorado, miss them from growing up in the midwest. They are so pretty.

    • Ha! Jillian, you sound like me! I bought a set of 4 dinner and salad plates and after they arrived, I loved them so much, I had to buy another 4 place settings so I could set a table on the porch or in the dining room sometime. I just couldn’t resist this pattern!
      Last night, I was trying to be sneaky and hide from the cardinals while taking pictures, so I didn’t try for a picture of them. I should take my camera with the zoom lens down and leave in the kitchen to capture some of the beautiful birds that come to the feeders…and the sneaky squirrels that love drinking from the birdbath.
      You can see a Cardinal in this older post I shared a while back. https://betweennapsontheporch.net/winter-themed-table-setting-let-it-snow/ They are just so gorgeous!
      Yesterday, I saw a mom and dad cardinal with (I think) two of their babies because they were all sticking close together. The babies were pretty good size, almost as big as their parents, and they were drinking from the birdbath together.

    • I visited that snowflake tabletop…so pretty. That cardinal made me laugh…He was ready for his close up looking right at the camera.

  10. Susan, I love all your tables – they are all beautiful! But this one has completely stolen my heart. The place setting is gorgeous and I love love the raven plates!! I am soo going to track them down just as soon as I can. I’m probably going to track down the tablecloth too lol. Thanks so much for all your inspiration and wishing you a lovely weekend!

  11. OMGoodness, I am so loving this Halloween tablescape Susan! It is so fun, spooky with an elegant touch to it. Love the plates, so cool looking as well as the raven stands. The EAP book is fabulous and perfect in this tablescape. Love the napkins and the lacy tablecloth on top of the white one. Perfect tablescape for Halloween in my humble opinion! Hugs, Brenda

  12. I liked your Halloween table with the new plates, then I got to the candlelit ones…looooove it now! Spooky and pretty. Well done. Extra points for the hand-pecked vintage

  13. Cool plates! I love it when you set your own tables, Susan. This one does look especially eerie with the candlelight at dusk.

  14. Bobbi Duncan says

    What a perfect match, those plates w/ your raven figures! This table setting is awesome. Love the addition of the book and black flatware too. I don’t have any Halloween china as our kids never visit then, just autumn china, but I always love seeing what others come up with every fall. I also love your topper plates w/ the children trick or treating ( the black & white plates). I was hoping to display our Halloween village this weekend but Michael has the family room draped in plastic so he can sand & paint…hopefully, I’ll still have time to do that. Hugs!

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