Basic Black and White Tablescape

I’m joining the All White Fall Dish Challenge this week at Cuisine Kathleen’s Let’s Dish link party.  I’d written this post during late August/early September.  The gourds (painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White) may remind you of Fall.  This  basic black and white table is for any time of year, any occasion.

When Cuisine Kathleen made the “white dish challenge” announcement, I saved this post to publish today to link to her challenge.  I hope you’ll visit the party tonight at this Let’s Dish link.  I’m sure there will be many ideas for Halloween table decorations.

Simplicity of Black and White

Do you have a little black dress?

Painted White Gourds

I’ve heard we all should have one.  Classic.

White Lanterns

Like a table dressed in black and white – so basic and simple.

Capped Milk Bottles

Easy to accessorize.  Even for men.

The black suit.  The crisp white dress shirt.  Sometimes, a bow tie.

Bow-Tie Napkins

The simplicity of it.  Classy.

Grounding us to what is truly important.  Our faith, our families, our days remaining to impact others.   Love.

View Across Table

Hey, what have we here?  A little humor to add, and another classic – classic character, that is.  Charlotte has made her appearance on the porch – and she fits the theme perfectly – black on white column.

Charlotte the Spider

Don’t you love the classic book Charlotte’s Web?

Who is also on the porch?

Look who’s searching for Charlotte’s three daughters so they can all go play in the mud while we dine.

Wilbur the Pig

No, we’re not at Zuckerman’s Farm.  It’s just our little plot of land in the country (The Land of Making Do) – only real horses for farm animals, but porches full of pretend. 🙂

Here’s the link for making the DIY Bow-Tie Napkin.  It’s pretty basic and simple, too.

Along with Let’s Dish, I’m sharing this post with Tablescape Thursday, as well.

(The milk jugs on the table came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  No farm girl could resist those!)

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  1. says

    Glad you saved your post and used it for the challenge. The cute black and white checked tablecloth is so pretty for your background. The bow tie folded napkins is a lovely accent. I love your spider on the white column and your darling Wilber pig and the reference to Charlotte’s Web. Your family home is perfect with the outdoor setting for your beautiful table set for the challenge.


    • Kim Hood says

      Awe, thank you Pam! That’s very sweet. I might be disqualified with the little red ribbons. 😉 That’s OK. It’s all for fun!

  2. says

    If you get disqualified over your little bit of red, I will surely get kicked out for my mostly gold table — but then Cathleen did gold and white too. 🙂 I loved how you wove the Charlotte’s Web characters into your story.

  3. Sweetladyelain says

    Cute black & white table! The only thing I don’t like is your spider as I am afraid of them. lol I am so happy you saved it for Kathleen challenge! Great job!
    Blessings My Friend,

  4. says

    Love your tablecloth and napkins, and I love Charlotte’s Web, so the addition of Charlotte and Wilbur are perfect, in my opinion. Well done! laurie

  5. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Wonderful. I hope I can copy your ideas some time soon. I love this table and the red is necessary to me……. come on now….. a pop of color makes the whole them…….. just a pop, like you did. I LOVE it.

    • Kim Hood says

      Thank you, Sheryll! The all white dish link party requirements were for only white plates and one other color. Technically, black is the “lack” of color rather than a color, so red is my “other” color, right? 🙂

  6. says

    I am seriously in love with Wilbur the pig. He is adorable. I think you met the challenge beautifully. The black and white is so fresh and crisp. I love the bow tie napkins, and the lanterns, and the milk bottles, and the gourds. I just love it all.

  7. says

    You can’t beat black and white, and those painted gourds are wonderful! We live in the land of making do also! I am glad Charlotte and Wilbur came to the party! I used to read that to my class every year.

    • Kim Hood says

      Thanks, Kathleen. It was my favorite book as a child, but I have to admit I never made it to the end, even though I read it over half-way about a thousand times! 🙂