Black & White Thanksgiving Tablescape

Set a black & white Thanksgiving tablescape with gold accents that add a touch of glam. Fresh fruit and flowers add pops of color for the centerpiece while candles flicker on the holiday table. These table decoration ideas are perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner party.

black and white place setting for Thanksgiving with fruit, greenery and candles centerpiece.

This year I created a modern take on tradition for the holiday tabletop. It’s a black and white table setting for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, with pops of color from flowers, foliage, and pomegranates.

The look is clean and elegant, and gives you an alternative look to the traditional earth tones and pumpkins usually seen. I hope you love it as much as I do!

tablescape centerpiece with pomegranates, greenery, small flower arrangements and candles.

Black & White Thanksgiving Table

The nice thing about this table setting is that you can re-used many items to create a table that looks completely different.

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Start with a plain white tablecloth as the foundation. It keeps the overall look very clean, however you can also start with a black tablecloth for a more dramatic affect.

Invest in a set of classic white plates and dishes. A full set for eight or twelve people can get you through any dinner party!

black and white place setting for Thanksgiving with fruit and greenery centerpiece.

Layer the white dishes with black napkins. The napkins can help break up the all white dish set while providing an attractive place setting.

These are my favorite black flatware set. They’re a modern design that you can use for lots of dinner party themes, including a chic black Halloween dinner party.

PARTY TIP: If you love to host parties and entertain, it’s smart to invest in classic partyware that can be used over and over again. It’s easy to mix-and-match with other sets, and get a completely different look with a new centerpiece.

black glass of water with wine stem glass on table.
bread rolls on wood board with butter in gold bowl.

Table Decorations

Don’t forget about drinks and glasses. This is one of my favorite areas to show personality or my love for vintage glassware.

  • In the case of our black and white table, use smoky black or gray water glasses. They’re a little unexpected and add a modern look.
  • Serve wine in gold-rimmed stem glasses. The gold coordinates with other items on the table and really dress up the place setting.
  • If you’re serving most of the food on a buffet table, place small bread boards on the table for easy access by guests, and add a small gold bowl to hold butter. Place them so each board can serve 2 guests.
black and white table setting with fruit, greenery and candlesticks centerpiece.

Easy Centerpiece

In addition to the table decorations you’ll want to add a fall centerpiece.

  • An all black and white table can tend to look a bit one dimensional, and in need of more color. With that in mind I incorporated fresh pomegranates for a bright alternative to orange or white pumpkins. I love the unexpected red color of the fruit!
  • Add small floral vases to complement the fruit. You only need about 3 arrangements for a long rectangle table.
  • Add a combination of black taper candles in brass candlesticks, and pillar candles.
  • Tuck in some greenery, like eucalyptus stems, to fill in the table.
black table with name cards decorated with gold tone wishbones, overhead.

DIY Details

People love to notice special touches. Hand-made place cards with spray-painted wishbones add a DIY element.

The wishbones are great for each guest to make a wish on and pull after dinner. The wishbones are attached to card stock with each person’s name.

centerpiece with pomegranates, greenery, small flower arrangements and candles.

Print A Menu

Print a copy of the day’s menu and frame it or attach it to a spot where everyone can look at it. Or you can print out an individual menu card for each place setting.

thanksgiving menu printed on paper on wood board surrounded by greenery.

Easy Party Favors

At the end of the day give your guests something to take home besides leftovers. A simple gift of nuts in the shell makes a fun and seasonal take-home party favor.

Add them to each person’s place setting or on a side table near the exit.

berry baskets filled with nuts in the shell and thank you card attached with twine.

More Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Find more inspiration in these beautiful holiday tables.

There you have some great ideas for a black and white Thanksgiving tablescape. Add some gold and a few pops of color and you’re ready to host in style.

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