I’ve always dreamed of hosting a fantastically moody and dark Halloween dinner party. I can picture guests all in black, donned with masks and top hats, and served in a decadent dining room…

This concept came to me as an ode to the overgrown mansion of Miss Havisham in the classic Great Expectations… but could appropriately also be attributed to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – a perfect Halloween theme, don’t you agree?

Decadent dark and enticing, the table features many little details (of course) that lend to a quietly eerie theme…

Tucked into the plants were glowing votives, garden statues, skulls and vintage candelabras…

Guests would be gifted with trinkets that could only be explained by the mad mind of Miss Havisham. Are they thoughtful, or cursed?

My favorite detail are the pieces that have little legs… as if they might magically get up and walk away!

Don’t worry – there’s more where this concept came from. Tomorrow we’ll bring you a champagne cocktail recipe and a perfectly presented dessert to add to the party!

*photography by julie harmsen // art direction by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley

*sources: dishes // glassware // wooden serving trays // candlesticks // votives // bell jars

*special thanks to choice linens // ravenna gardens



  1. Lindsay

    This is fabulous! A perfect adult Halloween party if I’ve ever seen one. My favorite part is the small glass domes at each place with creepy-crawlies underneath!

  2. La Maison Fou


    I am feeling this one; definately not traditional table setting and the nod to Savannah and the Bonneventure cemetary is brill! One of my fav flicks,espescially at All Hallows Eve!
    Luv it,

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  4. Annique

    Wow, absolutely wonderful. This is the perfect Halloween dinner table. I will be hosting a feast as well and this is definitely the perfect inspiration! Thank you! 🙂

  5. Lisa | Happy By

    LO-VE-LY !!
    Truth is I am so over Halloween posts, they take up so much time – and it’s a waste of time, while we could have already started Christmas and NYE posts ‘coz it’s never too late 🙂
    Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, partly because it’s not a real tradition in my country, we just dress up and go out partying like every Saturday evening, a few facebook pictures and that’s all.
    In short I have this feeling like everyone is over trying to make Halloween bigger than it is. But looking at this post, I get to switch my mind. If every dinner looks like this and all the spaces are decorated with such insanely killer taste, then Halloween it is, come to mama 🙂
    Seriously, how long have you guys been planning the concept and how long did it take you to put everything together? Like 6months? A year? Huh, maybe longer. That’s what I perceive from the excellent details.
    Thank you for making me reconsidering Halloween without even pumpkins (the only thing I was fond of regarding this day).
    Have a nice weekend!

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  8. ash

    oh my goodness-this is beyond gorgeous! what an inspiration AND you mention one of my all time favorite literary characters out there! great expectations all the way!

  9. Nancy

    This is just stunning! Just finished my dining room in oranges, black and chestnut and this would be so perfect for my next CAbi trunk party to show it off! What a fantastic inspiration. Where did you find the tablecloth? I’d love to find this. Thanks so much for sharing your uber creative ideas!

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About Cassandra LaValle

Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.

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