Looking for a little something different this year? I am the queen of white plates, but I decided to try something a little something out of the ordinary this time of year.
I love tartan plaid, so what about a black table setting? This color scheme doesn’t really fit for Thanksgiving dinners, but I think it will be a fun table for Christmas.
Almost every plaid goes with black. I usually add these bows to my chandelier, but they work on candle sticks too.
Here’s how you can set a dramatic black tablescape on a budget. You really only need a few basics to get a
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Black plates – There’s no getting around black plates if you want to set an all black table. I found these at Amazon and they are really affordable, and I think I will use them for other things.
Black tablecloth – My dining table is already black, but if yours isn’t you can add an inexpensive black tablecloth like this one. You can also use a black runner or just a piece of black material, I had a small piece of black velvet. I bought black napkins, too.
Black candlesticks – I have these black candle holders from IKEA (similar ones here) so I added black candles to them. Black taper candles, too. Warning: DON’T buy candles on Amazon. The first ones I bought were not really black. I found a much better selection of beeswax candles in Etsy. Here are the candles I bought from a small business.
Flatware – I originally bought black silverware, but ended up returning it because it was so flimsy. I used my silverplate instead and to tie that in I used silver goblets (only have 4 though).
I think a great way to add visual interest is to add natural elements to the table. I used green garland pieces, but I think fresh flowers in deep rose colors would be really pretty.
Here are some amazing tables that inspired me to try an all black-table.
- All Black Halloween table (but you could do for any time) – this was the table that inspired me.
- Moody black fall table
- Winter Solstice Dinner Party
- Dark Winter wedding table (table is at the bottom)
Before you go, if you want something outside of the norm, you might like a Boho holiday table.