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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A black and white affair

Welcome a black and white affair. For those that may not know, at a black and white affair, the guests come attired in black and white. We are having brunch, so get ready for some lighthearted faire.

The sun is shining, the weather is fine, but the wind is a bit breezy, so we'll be inside today.

 Chosen as a backdrop for the salad plate, is this great matte and shiny black leaf plate.

Topped with a white plate enhanced with lovely black branches.

Since it's brunch, a festive Mikasa black and platinum polka-dot mug graces each plate! The size of this mug holds so much, refills won't be a problem! Notice the lovely platinum band around the rim and on the handles? It's also around each polka dot. Too cute! In the background Mikasa Parklane Goblets, a steady cast member in many settings!

Black handled flatware makes it statement beside each place.

Black and white graphic napkin holders reign in the over-sized black napkins. 

The stack looks pretty inviting, while keeping with the black and white theme.

 A silver pitcher with a white monogrammed handkerchief to help catch any drips.

Silver server for the remoulade based salad dressing.

Vintage sterling salt and peppers

Vintage crystal cruet set for oil and vinegar for those with a finicky palate

Another Mikasa piece. I still can't believe that I won this beautiful piece on Gail's Faithfulness Farm blog! What till you see it filled!! It's a veritable work of art. 12" tall. Lead crystal. Drop dead gorgeous!

Now that the cast is complete, here is the table. Don't you love the high contrast of the black and white? A white damask tablecloth with a black chenille runner (uh umm, aka scarf) down the center.

I filled the  beautiful Mikasa Avenue vase with white spider mums, white lilies, white baby's breath and some green ball like things. I just liked the little berries.

I hope you are entranced with the overall affect!

Even for brunch, candles are appropriate. The Mikasa Cheers Swirl votive holder is perfect. Elegant, fun and totally at home on this table.!! Check them out. I can't wait to use them again and again and again.

Less words, more photos:

Stellar Cast:
Damask tablecloth - Germany
Black Chenille scarf - Chicago
Home Essentials and Beyond Midnight Trellis Black Plates - TJMaxx
Matceramica White Salad Plates - TJMaxx
Black Flatware - Horchow's
Silver tray with bird - TJMaxx
Black and white napkin rings - Stein Mart
Gorgeous vase - Avenue by Mikasa
Fresh and fun votives - Cheers swirl by Mikasa
Mugs - Black and Platinum Dots by Mikasa
Goblets - Park Lane by Mikasa
Champagne - gift- maker unknown

Bib lettuce with shrimp, avocado, cherry tomato
Remoulade base salad dressing
Ham Quiche
Fresh steamed asparagus

In the spirit of thankfulness this November, and on behest of a fellow blogger Red Couch Recipes, I pledge to end each post with gratitude. I'm grateful I am a child of God.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God .
John 1:12

Thanks for dropping in, I hope you are satiated and that you had a bit of fun.
I'll be linking up with the hostess with the mostest, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for a another fabulous Tablescape Thursday.


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is Gorgeous! I have always loved the sophistication of Black and White. It's SO crisp and clean and there is NEVER a wrong time to use it... LOVE IT!!!EVERY DETAIL!!!
Hugs to you, Donna

vignette design said...

Your black and white tablescape is stunning. Love how the the centerpiece takes center stage. I also have the flatware. Thanks for your nice comment too.

Entertaining Women said...

This is a great tablescape. Everything works so well together. I really like your menu. Thank you for sharing your darling design. Cherry Kay

Kuby said...

Wow, your table is enchanting and the menu sound wonderful!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Marlis...your table is a show-stopper!! So very gorgeous! I am glad that vase went to you :)


Linda said...

What a beautiful table!!! Thanks for visiting my blog! Couldn't find an email addy for you. Do you visit White Spray Paint? She's on my blog roll...you would like!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Marlis, this is a fabulous table! The black and white looks so dramatic and elegant. I love your pretty flowers in that stunning vase!

Anonymous said...

I love this Marlis. Absolutely beautiful!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Marlis -- I am entranced by your black and white beauty. I am glad you showed the beautiful dinner plate. Loved the silver birdie try and the pitcher. Congratls on the vase win -- it is a beauty! Also loved the silverware -- everything just went together so well. Love your scripture too. Joni

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' the black and white-it's beautiful! Congrats on the vase, looks like you're enjoying it:@)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Marlis! What a neat table! And even though I don't have an M in my monogram, if your napkins with that fabulous M go missing, you will know where they are! ;-)

Love with you did with your black and white. You made it so fun! It's beautiful and whimsical at the same time. Great job!

I did black and white with a pop of yellow tonight. Great minds and all of that...

Happy Tablescape Thursday!


Sheila :-)

Anita said...

Marlis this is fabulous!!! You have the "park lane" too I see! I am so jealous. I love that. Everything is just gorgeous and you have put all the details together so beautifully! Love the black and white!

Debbie said...

This is one of my favorites this week. I love the black and white and would love to do a black and white luncheon with my luncheon club.

I really love all of your dishes and linens. My favorite thing on the table HAS to be the flatware. That's a beautiful set.

Jacqueline said...

I agree that the flatware is fabulous. I may have to find some of that, it can go elegant or casual. What a gorgeous table. The leaf plates and branch plates are just wonderful. I love black and white and how elegant it is. You did a fabulous job.

xinex said...

There's something about a black and white tablescape, Marlis. It looks so elegant and sophisticated and yours is just that. Congrats on winning that beautiful crystal vase! My mom is doing fine and I hope it stays that way. I get so worried when I see her so weak...Christine

Mimi said...

Love the big, bold centerpiece...the table is stunning. Thanks for sharing, Marlis.

Dining Delight said...

I've been wanting to create a Black & White tablescape for awhile now and your gorgeous display has inspired me! Love that vase - how wonderful you won that! It looks terrific with the white flowers. Your plates are perfect for the season and your colour scheme - love the simple tree and the leaves. I think it WOULD be FUN (even for a brunch) to ask the guests to dress in Black & White which doesn't necessarily mean a "black tie affair". Your menu sounds super delish too!


Deb S. said...

BEAUTIFUL! Congrats on the win! You made it SO lovely on your table. The black and white is perfect. Adding the sterling just topped it off! I just love stopping by. Thanks so much for all your amazing work!!

Carolee in Kansas said...

So beautiful -I always love black and white. The flowers really set it off perfectly! Also thought your menu sounds perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

Alycia Nichols said...

You just can't go wrong with black & white! It renders such a sophisticated look. Those black matte & shiny leaf dishes are just fantastic!!! I've never seen anything like those!

Kathy said...

Love this black and white setting! Quite elegant and sophisticated! Beautiful,

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Marlis, this is really a stunning table. So elegant and well-coordinated. I especially love your linens and flatware, and white spider mums are a favorite. Such a treat to visit you today!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful! This has a modern elegance to it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is simply beautiful. I just love black and white no matter what so it's all good. Very elegant. Beautiful!!

Thank you for stopping by earlier.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Marlis, you have made the classic black and white table a work of art. Love the use of the polka dot cups with this elegant setting, and that vase is gorgeous! laurie

Barbara said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I love the color combination. It is elegant and classic with certainly a modern feel. Mikasa has such beautiful things!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Your table looks so inviting - the colors scheme striking. I bet it made for a memorable meal.
My best- Diane

shannon i olson said...

Silver, glass, black and white....simply gorgeous!!

A Perfect Setting said...

Oh I just love the black and white. So elegant and classy!

Kathleen said...

That table is gorgeous! I love the plates with the branches. It all looks so pretty together!

Sarah said...

You know me and black and white! This table is gorgeous. What a fun idea for a party. I'm going to have to host a Black and White Affair. ~ sarah


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