14 Spooky Chic Halloween Table Setting Ideas
If you’re tired of using the same old black and orange color scheme and cheesy Halloween props for your dinner party, it may be time to upgrade your picks to include some spooky-chic table decorations. Throw in a little sparkle from a black sequin tablecloth, spruce it up with a skull full of flowers and scatter around a handful of black snakes for good measure (fake ones, of course!). Before you know it, you’ll transform your Halloween table setting into a sophisticated soiree even Morticia Addams would approve of. Scroll on for all 14 spooky-chic Halloween table decorating ideas!
2. Floral Centerpiece: Flower arrangements are a no-brainer when it comes to sprucing up surfaces. Go dark with your blooms and use a skull vase to add some Adams Family vibes to your Halloween dinner party. (via Honestly YUM)
3. Snake Plate Charger: Channel Medusa’s wicked ‘do with this plate charger made up of black snakes. No worries if you can’t find toy snakes in black — just use black spray paint. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)
5. Gothic Accents: Pair antique silver tableware with amber glassware for a table setting worthy of Morticia Addams. For a slightly romantic touch, tie black velvet ribbons around your silverware. (via Camille Styles)
6. Fang Napkin Holders: You don’t need to be a Twilight fan to appreciate this fang napkin holder. Get the look by pairing a set of white plastic fangs with a red napkin accompanied by all-black tableware. (via Food Network)
7. Black Lace Candle Holders: Rim the bottom half of clear candle holders with black lace or sequin trim for this dark romantic look. You can even use this decor hack on other clear containers like bottles or vases. (via The Sweetest Occassion)
8. Spider Table Runner: Creepy crawlers are scary year-round. So rest assured this spider table runner is enough to creep your dinner guests out. Get the look using spider stencils, black paint and a plain burlap runner. (via Brit + Co)
10. Black Bats: You can’t have a proper Halloween party without bats. So make sure to include a few on your table setting by cutting out bat silhouettes on black cardstock then placing them around the table — even between the prongs of forks. (via Stylizimo)
11. Black on Black: Break from the traditional black and orange color combo by assembling an all-black table setting with the occasional pop of gold. If you aren’t able to find Halloween props, like plastic bugs in black, you can always coat them with a matte black spray paint. (via The Jungalow)
13. Pomegranate Place Card Holder: Into Greek mythology? Then channel Persephone, the queen of the underworld, with this table setup featuring pomegranates as place card holders. Though pretty, the bright fruit plays a dark role in Persephone’s downfall. (via Kristen Booth / Green Wedding Shoes)
14. Black Snakes: Garnish the base of your wine glasses with small rubber snakes, spray painted black. If you dig a little sparkle, add black glitter while the paint is still wet for that touch of *pizzazz*. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)
Which of these spooky-chic looks will you include in your Halloween table decor? Check us out on Pinterest for more decorating ideas!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com