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How to Set Up a Sweet Halloween Buffet

Have you ever thought about how to set up a sweet Halloween buffet? If you plan to host a Halloween party, now is the time to get busy planning and preparing. Use these suggestions to host a fun and easy party for (almost) any age group.

Halloween is three weeks away. That’s not too early to gather your decorations, send out invitations, and plan your menu. Follow my lead and this may be the easiest party you ever host.

I know most people, including Sweet Shark and I, are not into hosting Halloween parties at this stage of our lives.

But our younger daughter is a Halloween fanatic and has always loved dressing up. Even today, she and my grandson always go to Halloween parties in Atlanta with friends.

In fact, she was the inspiration for this sweet Halloween buffet.

A Sweet Halloween Buffet Inspiration

When she and my stepson were about 12 and 14, the weather for Halloween was predicted to be bitterly cold ~ not conducive to trick-or-treating. A couple of days before Halloween, she talked me into hosting a Halloween party for their friends.

I took a deep breath and said OK. Fortunately, I already had bought a bunch of candy for Halloween night. I made another quick trip to the store to buy more candy in bulk, chips and soft drinks.

Then we decorated the dining room with Halloween decorations we gathered from other parts of the house.

The kids had a great time. The party lasted just a couple of hours (It was a school night.) It was actually so much fun to see all the kids dressed up in their ghosts, goblins and Harry Potter costumes.

So this new Halloween buffet was inspired by a Halloween party many years ago. I’m happy to share this idea with you. It’s a perfect time because it’s Halloween Tablescape time.

My friend Rita of Panoply is again hosting a monthly tablescape blog hop. I love these hops. Such inspiring ideas for you and me. I know that you will find an idea that appeals to you and your situation.

Welcome if you are joining me from Jenna of The Painted Apron. Let’s have a spooky good time.

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Planning a Sweet Halloween Buffet – with a Little Savory

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Here are the steps to plan your Halloween buffet.

Step 1 ~ Plan Your Table Base

A few weeks ago at Hobby Lobby, I found a square 40 x 40-inch tablecloth that was on sale at half price. I bought two for $20.00. Don’t you love the bright orange plaid pattern with fringe on two sides?

orange plaid tablecloth

I sewed the two infringed sides together with a simple slip stitch. You could use a sewing machine if you prefer. I now had a 80 X 40-inch tablecloth.

The tablecloth was the first thing I put on the table.

orange plaid tablecloth

Next came some small individual trays/risers that I found at Target a couple of months ago. I’ve been waiting for inspiration to decorate them.

oval wood trays

For now, they are perfect for elevating some of my sweet and savory treats.

oval wood trays on stands

Next I covered the trays with a black spider netting that I’ve had for a long time. You could use black or orange napkins or a smaller tablecloth over them.

layering Halloween buffet table

Step 2 ~ Add your Halloween Decorations

For this Halloween buffet, I only used Halloween decorations that we already had. This are decorations that we have collected over many years. They still look great.

I added three of our cute Halloween critters and four tall Dollar Tree candles in black and orange. They will be awesome at night.

I also added two of the Halloween signs that I made a couple of years ago.

That’s about the only decorations I needed ~ the sweet and savory treats would provide the best color and pop to the buffet tablescape.

I did make a cute Halloween tree as a centerpiece, but it was the last thing I added to the table. You can see it in the finished buffet table near the end of this post.

Step 3 ~ Choosing your Sweet and Savory Treats

Since I was leaving town for a few days (to go to The Achieve Conference in Waco), I shopped on Amazon first for my treats. It was so easy. They were waiting there when I returned home.

Halloween candy

When I returned home, I made a trip to Target to fill in with M & M’s, Cheetos (Sweet Shark’s favorite) and Gold Fish (great doggie treats).

Halloween buffet sweet treats

I also picked up some Target Halloween cupcakes, I found orange bowls for the treats and small bags for taking treats home.

sweet Halloween cupcakes

Step 3 ~ Adding your Containers for the Treats

Although I am calling this a sweet Halloween buffet, I did include a couple of savory items.

I started out with my larger apothecary jars. You can see them here.

Halloween buffet decorations

When I began to fill the jars, I found that some were too big. I replaced them with smaller jars.

Step 4 ~ Add Your Sweet and Savory Treats

As you start to fill your jars with sweet and savory items, the table becomes more colorful and holiday~focused.

Step 5 ~ Add your Extras – Plates, Napkins, Spoons and Bags

I added some gold plastic spoons to each jar.

Fortunately, I already had some Halloween napkins.

I did purchase some trick-or-treat bags and orange bowls for holding the candy and the savories.

Here’s a fun video I made of the finished savory and sweet Halloween buffet.

Finally, the table is ready for the sweet Halloween buffet.

Halloween bags and bowls

I love how bright and festive the Halloween buffet is.

sweet Halloween buffet table

What do you think of my bat tree centerpiece? Be sure to visit and see how easy it is to make.

Halloween buffet table
sweet Halloween buffet table

Shopping for this Halloween Buffet

Let the Party Begin

When the sun goes down, light the candles and turn on any other Halloween decorations you have. We have a scarecrow head that lights up and a light that flashes on and off. (Sweet Shark’s idea, not mine!)

Halloween buffet table at night

I couldn’t let a fun Halloween buffet table go to waste. Next week I’m hosting a fun group of ladies over for a girl’s Halloween Happy Hour. This group gets together about four times a year for fellowship and fun.

I hope that you have enjoyed my sweet Halloween buffet party idea. I think it is really cute.

It’s easy to put together and requires almost no food prep. You certainly can adjust the “menu” to your guest list. I will definitely be adding more “real” food for our girls’ happy hour.

I’m sure you want to keep this post so you can use it for inspiration. Please PIN IT to your party boards. Here are my Party Idea Board and my Halloween Ideas Board.

Be a good witch or goblin and visit the other Halloween tablescape creations. The list is below. Start with Ann of Corner of Plaid and Paisley. I know you’ll enjoy them all.

pin for later graphic in blue
sweet Halloween buffet
Halloween blog signature
Halloween tablescape blog hop

Pandora’s Box – Snack Hour Portable Tablescape
Bleu Belle Interiors – A Sweet Halloween Table
Me and My Captain – And the Band Played On
Everyday Living – Halloween Critters and Treats
My Hubbard Home – Halloween Inspired Fall Tablescape – The Best of Autumn
Panoply – Apothecary’s Mystical Halloween Laboratory
Debbee’s Buzz – Spooky Spellbound Halloween Centerpiece and Table
Home Is Where the Boat Is – Black Cat Trading Company
Thrifting Wonderland – Practical Magic Halloween
Red Cottage Chronicles – How to Set a Halloween Tablescape Fit for a Princess
Life and Linda – If the Shoe Fits
The Little Yellow Corner Store – The Debonair Vampire, Leonard
The Bookish Dilettante – Halloween Tablescape: Midnight at the Ball
My Thrift Store Addiction – Jadeite Whimsy: Seasonal Tray and Table Setting
The Painted Apron – Slightly Spooky Halloween Tablescape
Bluesky at Home – How to Set Up a Sweet Halloween Buffet
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Table of Vexing Vermin
Zucchini Sisters – Halloween Table Top Decor with Skeletons
Celebrate and Decorate – Halloween Tablescape in Gold and Black
Dinner at Eight – Welcome to Ghostly Hollow!
Karins Kottage – A Bewitching Black and White Tablescape

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  1. Carol, your Halloween buffet looks festive and tasty! When I was a teenager, we had a Halloween party in our basement similar to what you described with your daughter and stepson. You’ve inspired me to include a candy buffet when my daughter gets a little older and has outgrown trick or treating. A party for older kids is a fun way for them to still celebrate the holiday. It was fun to be hopping with you again. Happy Halloween!

  2. Excellent instructions for how anyone can put together a Halloween buffet as cute and fun as yours! I’m featuring you this week at the Home Matters Party. Hope to see you drop by!

  3. Carol, your Halloween buffet is really cute, especially the endearing “critters”. It’s fun that you can find so many sweet treats in Halloween colors — and I’m sure there are similarly colored savory treats as well. I like that you found your inspiration in your daughter’s party. Enjoy your Halloween!

  4. Carol, what a fun and kooky Halloween buffet table. I loved seeing a buffet, especially with the sweet and salty snacks. Such cute and unique figures that adore the delicious treats. The branch and bat centerpiece in a orange basket makes a great centerpiece. Now let the party begin……

  5. Carol, this is a super cute Halloween candy bar. Who doesn’t love candy? The risers with the spider web covering them is a fun idea. As always, thanks for the tips that you provide. I love seeing all the creativity displayed by this group of table stylists. Wishing you a Happy Autumn!

  6. Very cute! I love the risers to add height to your treats. Thanks for the tutorial: You have some great ideas. For some reason, not all your photos loaded for me but we’re having a storm this afternoon, so it might be internet issues. I’ll come back later and look again.

  7. Carol, what a fun and festive spread, sure to delight children of ALL ages! Those three wooden risers are fantastic — they’d make a great mainstay in anyone’s tableware collection for staging centerpieces or serving pieces. I especially like your pumpkin basket with the branches and flurry of bats.

  8. Carol you are so good with your tutorials. What a fun set-up and this way, your little trick or treaters can come in and you get to see them up close and personal instead of by a street light illumination. Of course this is assuming you don’t have a ton of trick or treaters at your door. Our little visitors have dwindled to none…believe it or not. So our church has A TRUNK OR TREAT in the church parking lot and your ideas would still work with that concept.
    Have a great October and Blessings

  9. Great tips on this post. Love the risers and the candles just set the perfect mood, hope it was a fun party…definitely on a sugar high!!!

  10. Very fun Halloween buffet. I love candy buffets. Your decorations are spot on. Love the vintage look. The pumpkins look great with the sticks and bats. Always a pleasure hopping along with you.

  11. Shannon, I really enjoy how you show us exactly how you build your tablescape or, in this case, your buffet. Each element blends with the next until the picture is complete. Anyone would be happy to be invited to partake of these sweet treats. Have a Happy Halloween! Lynne

  12. Carol, your Halloween decorations are so adorable, and your buffet looks like so much fun! I know your guests will enjoy it. You have shared some wonderful tips with us on creating a fun Halloween buffet. It is always a joy to join you on these hops. Happy Halloween!

  13. Super cute and fun Carol! I love the way you styled everything on the tablecloth you created, it all looks so festive! Such a great idea for a party, and if it was for adults you could add more grown up apps and treats!

  14. I love your buffet, Carol! This would make a great candy bar for a casual Halloween wedding (for those who are into that). I LOVE your tree you added at the end, and your longtime stuffed gourd head characters. Your use of the risers with the spider web draped over them was very clever, as was stitching the two cloths together. I love all the resourceful tips you and other bloggers on this hop have provided. There truly is something for everyone. Thank you for bringing your ideas to the hop!

  15. Your Halloween buffet is so cute and I know it will delight your guests! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  16. Carol this is such a fun way to have a Halloween party. Your pumpkin with the sticks and bats is fabulous! I need to incorporate that into my Halloween decor. It is so much fun to blog hop with you and the other bloggers. Thank you for sharing these ideas!


  17. What a fun party Halloween buffet, Carol. I would love to nosh at this table decked out in October color. Thanks for the Amazon tips, and decoration.
    Happy October,

  18. Carol, Your Halloween buffet looks so fun and inviting! Who wouldn’t like to partake in a sweet candy bar??!! Your vintage decorations are fun and just the way Halloween should be. I am sure your girls group enjoyed this wonderful set up!! Have a fun Halloween.