Halloween Table Setting {Tablescape} & A Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Party

Halloween Table Setting {Tablescape} & A Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Party

Last weekend we hosted our annual Halloween get together for the kiddies. A casual night filled with family, friends, and full of fun!
I was inspired by the infamous duo of Martha and Oprah and decided to try a Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Bar. During the summer we hosted a Make Your Own Grilled Pizza Party and the kids had such a blast being involved with making their own food; I knew they would get the same kick out of the making their own sandwiches.

The tablescape was for the kids and kept pretty simple utilizing many things I already had.
The centerpiece started with a layer of grapevine roping mixed with orange pip berries.

I picked up two bags of mini pumpkins from the local market and gave them a couple coats of chalkboard spray paint. I know the black pumpkins look a bit odd but the kids loved the idea of having their own pumpkin to draw on!
Little candle gravy pans were scattered among the table filled with chalk. It helped to entertain while the grilled cheese sandwiches were cooking.
Two large glass hurricanes provided some spooky candlelight while dining.
I used my Silhouette machine to cut the paper luminaries; the same concept I used a few months ago {tutorial found here}. I used the circle background shape from the Silhouette online store {circle_background_1724} and cut four sheets of black cardstock for each hurricane. The pieces were then simply glued together around the hurricane.

Flameless candles were nestled in each hurricane on top a bed of white beans.

Two large creepy metal spiders sat in the center. These were one of my new Halloween purchases this year. I happen to find the pair at TJ Maxx for an incredible price. {less than $10 for the set} I am totally not a spider person but there is just something about these guys that I really liked.

The center of each holds a tiny tea light. Not very kid friendly, especially with the grapevine, so unfortunately they did not get lit. {I keep forgetting to pick up a set of flameless tea lights}

The place settings were basic white dinnerware on silver chargers with adorable spider appetizer plates I picked up last year from TAG.

The plates come in a set of four and the little spider is in a different spot on each plate. I just could not wait to use these this year.

The plaid napkins are paper party napkins I purchased at the end of the season last year from Target. A strip of sheer polka dot ribbon was tied around the forks for fun. {plus I love the combination of polka dots and plaid}

Simple, fun, festive…

and kiddie approved.

The grill cheese bar was neither fancy nor elaborate but simply perfect and fitting for the kids. There was a mix of sliced lunch meats, fresh cut toppings, basic condiments and of course sliced cheeses. You can read more about How to Throw a Grilled Cheese Party on Oprah’s website {here} along with all of Martha Stewarts fabulous tips.

I made two batches of homemade soup to accompany the sandwiches; Panera Bread Inspired Broccoli Cheese Soup {one of my favorites that I shared here} and a Creamy Homemade Tomato {which I’ll share in the next few weeks}.

If you are planning to host a party of this sort I highly suggest a large griddle to keep things moving along. The griddle insert for my stove top sure came in handy, however, a large electric griddle would work too.

I have to say the adults had as much fun as the kids did putting together their sandwiches. It’s amazing how much the addition of a few simple toppings can change the whole dynamic of a basic grilled cheese sandwich. {Simply delightful}

Happy Friday Everyone ~ Enjoy!


  1. What a fun idea!! Grilled cheese is my favorite, so much so that I can’t really share how many times I eat it each week without being judged… =)

  2. I love the ribbon on the forks. That is such a cute idea.

  3. Everything looked adorable! I love all of your ideas! Grilled cheese is a favorite around here, especially with La Madeline inspired Tomato Basil Soup! YUMMY! Sounds like a good dinner plan for tonight!

  4. this is too cute! we love grilled cheese sandwiches and are always adding different ingredients… it’s the only way one of my boys will eat deli meat! I think I’m going to try this in the future! Thanks for the ideas!

  5. You are hands down the most creative person I have ever come across. I love the idea of having a “make your own meal” kind of party. And your table decor is incredible. I love the chalkboard pumpkins. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich. Happy Friday!

  6. Fabulous!!! 🙂
    Everything – just FAB!!!

  7. We love Grilled Cheese!!!
    What a great idea!!!

  8. So classy! Love Martha. Love Oprah. You created an amazing tablescape. A grilled cheese party sounds like a blast. I’d love for you to link this over at my ‘Sweets This Week’ Link Party

  9. What a fun and beautifully presented party! Grilled cheese is perfect for any age isn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a gorgeous party! So delicious and fun! And the circles around that hurricane are my favorite part. TO DIE FOR!!

  11. Looks like a fun party! I really love your hurricane lamps~

  12. I love your blog! You are so talented!

  13. i love it! you did a wonderful job! what a great and yummy idea! i just did a cooking party for my daughters birthday! i have a few posts on my blog about it! stop by for a visit!

  14. What a fun (and super cute) idea!

  15. Such a cute table and a wonderful idea!

  16. Absolutely amazing!!!! LOVE IT!!!! How fun, wish I had been there 🙂

  17. What a fun party you set up, Stephanie Lynn. I like all of the decor, the cutouts over the candles, your spiders, even the black pumpkins.

  18. You’re the only person I know that could make a grilled cheese party look like it just came out of a magazine! Beatiful AND brilliant!

  19. this looks so fun!!! my favorite touches are your plaid napkins and those chalkboard pumpkins!


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