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Ghoul's Night Halloween Party

For your "Ghoul's Night" tablescape, start with a solid black tablecloth and create a "table runner" or foundation for your centerpiece from pink & black decorative papers with contemporary geometric prints, such as the 12x12" scrapbook sheets pictured here.

Place Settings:
• To add a splash of color to your place settings, layer hot pink plates or chargers under solid black plates. No need to purchase an entire set of "real" hot pink dishes though! To keep things affordable, we used paper plates with a hot pink band around the edge beneath shimmery black melamine dishes (purchased in-store at Target).

• Create napkin rings from strips of decorative paper (such as the black and silver foil skull print shown above), and glue an oversize craft rhinestone to the center of each ring.

• Glue tiny hot pink rhinestone crystals over one eye of several plastic skull novelty rings, then slip them onto the stems of your wine or cocktail glasses for perfectly-themed drink charms!

The Centerpiece:
• Make a shocking pink skull the superstar of your centerpiece! Paint a large foam skull with hot pink acrylic paint. 2-3 coats will usually be necessary to get the solid, even finish, but the extra work will be worth it! (Make sure to let paint try completely between coats.)

• Find a black flower pot or planter to use as a pedastal for your pink skull, and adorn it with ribbon and oversize rhinestones.

• On either side of the pink skull, place a smaller foam skull, painted with a few coats of silver acrylic paint, on top of a black candlestick. Attach false eyelashes above the eye sockets of the silver skulls, and embellish the black candlesticks with hot pink and clear rhinestones.

• "Bookend" your centerpiece with black pillar candles. Wrap the pillars in skull-themed decorative paper, and further embellish with silver ribbon and a tiny hot pink rhinestone. (Make sure to cut the skull paper a little shorter than the height of the pillar candles.)

• For the finishing touch, add an inexpensive silver chain-link strand (available in the jewelry/bead section of most craft stores) to the base of the centerpiece.