A Low Waste Tablescape: Halloween Edition
Hello Spooktacular People,
Halloween is only four days away, and although it may look different than usual this year, there is no reason you can't throw a micro Halloween party within your bubble! Celebrating the small things can really help boost your mood during this pandemic (and makes for great instagram material). Make everyday a celebration and don't forget to share your eco-friendly choices with the world.
THE STYLED SHOOT
On October 8th we held a styled shoot in our backyard to showcase a low waste Halloween feast. My main inspiration for the shoot was obviously Halloween, but I also tried to play with concepts of harvest, specifically dried elements, seeds and spices. Can you spot the sustainable wood leaf confetti by Forest and Fauna?
Here are the elements I had to consider when creating a low waste tablescape, as well as a drink and food menu for the event.
Plates, chargers, glassware and cutlery:
Do you have a certain theme in mind, but have no idea how to execute it? I recommend starting with the table settings. It's super easy to rent tableware for the night (in small bundles) from local event rental establishments.
For example, the Event Rental Group has dinner rental packages that are themed (Garden Blush, Sunday Brunch etc.) These usually cost around $30 per person.
We rented these from the Event Rental Group because they are only a 10 minute drive from our place. The dinner plates and cutlery fit our dark mood perfectly and we absolutely love the amber goblets. We added the glass chargers to reflect the black and amber tones of the table.
Napkins, Table Runner & Tablecloths:
The cloth elements of your table are very important because they help you stay low waste (no paper napkins in sight).
Finding an eco-friendly fabric can be tricky sometimes, so check out this guide to sustainable fabrics. The most sustainable fabrics include, but are not limited to: organic cotton, lenzing tencel hemp, linen and silk.
Getting good quality candles is important because you are breathing in the contents as they burn. Look for local candles made with organic coconut wax, soy wax, rapeseed wax, or beeswax. Make sure the candles are scented with essential oils and the wicks are cotton or wooden.
For this dinner we had ordered tapered honeycomb (beeswax) candles from Three Inches High. Unfortunately, there was an issue with Canada Post and the candles didn't arrive in time for the shoot.
Thankfully, Kaitlin from Three Inches High was amazing and collected enough candles from her and her co-workers personal stash to include in the shoot!
Table Decor (Check out these amazing terrariums):
Table decor can be a bit tricky sometimes. I usually lean towards potted plants or locally dried flowers, but my new favourite idea are these terrariums.
Can you spot the mini purple skull in one of them? Go check out the amazing work by local Toronto artisan Marimo Terrariums.
After the event ends you can easily give the terrariums away in a raffle or keep them for yourself.
Get creative with your place card (name) settings, but remember not to waste any food in the process.
We used mini white pumpkins bought at a local farm - Linton's Farm Market - as our place settings. I plan to peel the white pumpkins and use them in a stew this weekend!
If you know a calligrapher in your area, ask them to write out your guests names - it's a great way to support small businesses during the pandemic. We had Abigail from Vintage 28 Calligraphy and Sonia from Olumis Calligraphy both working with us on this shoot.
Who doesn't love a good welcome cocktail?
We served up a spicy cinnamon bun gin martini using local gin from the distillery district. I highly recommend the spirits at Spirit of York. Remember to support your local distilleries this season.
When creating a vegetarian dinner party menu we focused on using local and in-season produce.
The leaf menu is written on post consumer recycled paper and it sits on a eco-friendly turmeric dyed fabric from Nettle & Silk.
Remember not to print a menu for each guest. Have a communal menu in the middle of the table or try to write it on a big board or chalkboard for all guests to see.
Getting in the witchy spirit of Halloween we decided to give out smudge sticks as favours. Have you ever used a smudge stick before? If not, read up about smudging your house here.
These were locally made with bundled Sage, lavender and dried roses by The Wreath Coach.
Credits to the wonderful team of eco-conscious vendors participating -
Planning, Concept & Design - Perrier Planning
Fashion - Fresh Rents
Hair - Hair By Soraya
Makeup - Beauty Marked
Catering - Board & Bloome
Chocolate - The Chocolateria
Chocolate Strawberries - Jo Jo's Craving's
Photographer - Boakview Photography
Videography - Stephanie Vizi
Florist and Chair Styling - The Wreath Coach
Pumpkins - Linton's Farm Market
Wooden Accessories - Forest & Fauna
Rentals - Event Rental Group
Terrariums - Marimo Terrariums
Calligraphy on Menu & Pumpkins - Vintage 28 Calligraphy
Stationery - Olumis Calligraphy
Models - William and Cynthia