Black and White Fall Tablescape with Rustic Flair

Have you ever thought about creating a black and white fall tablescape? Me neither. So it was time.

I have never thought about designing a black and white fall tablescape. I usually opt for blues and metallics.

I decided to create a totally different color scheme this year. A bolt of black and white gingham ribbon sparked me to try a black and white fall tablescape.

Black and White Fall Tablescape with Rustic Flair

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I love gingham and black and white is one of my favorite color combinations. When I found a bolt of this classic pattern at the Dollar Tree, I thought why not try it for a fall tablescape?

I’m happy to have this opportunity to share my first black and white themed fall table.

My Rustic Table Base

I set my fall table in our breakfast room since this table would be just for Sweet Shark and me. For a rustic, casual look, I used my burlap tablecloth. It’s actually a rectangle so I folded it in half for our round table.

Black and White Centerpiece

Ideas for design can come from anywhere and be unexpected. The idea for my centerpiece was inspired by a black cloth bag that we found in a box of fall decorations. I have no idea where it came from.

How about using it to hold flowers? I placed a glass vase inside ~ perfect fit. I placed the black bag on a white charger from Dollar Tree which I already had.

A quick trip to the grocery store for white flowers was all I needed. I picked baby’s breath because it was the whitest.

My Black and White Pumpkin

In going through our fall decorations, I found a previously~painted gold pumpkin. I decided to paint it white with a black stem.

The black and white pumpkin needed some embellishment. Since this is a fall tablescape, I decided to focus on the word “fall”. I stenciled “fall” in 4 different fonts all over the pumpkin.

I finished the fall pumpkin with raffia tied on the stem. Raffia always adds a rustic, fall look.

My black and white gingham ribbon from Dollar Tree showed up here.

I set the pumpkin on a cake stand covered with a black napkin tied with more raffia.

Black and White Place Settings

When I pulled out my white Dollar Tree charger, I remembered 2 that had the white covering coming off.

I removed the rest of the white film and painted both chargers with black Rescue Restore paint from A Makers’ Studio. This color is called Little Black Dress. It’s a true black.

For a focal point on the chargers, I added a new fall stencil. This is one that I used for a recent fall yard art sign.

Next came clear glass plates from Dollar Tree. I used clear so that the design on the chargers would show.

White napkins tied with the black and white gingham ribbon that inspired this fall tablescape came next.

I used black plastic utensils for a really casual table setting.

Wine glasses got the black and white gingham treatment.

Black and White Sweet Treats

While standing in line to buy my white flowers, I spied the perfect sweet treats for my black and white fall tablescape ~ chocolate!!

The chocolate treats completed my fall tablescape. I can’t wait to treat Sweet Shark to a casual dinner.

Thank you for letting me share this black and white fall tablescape with you. It’s been a first time color scheme for me and I hope you will try it too.

Need more fall tablescape ideas? Here is a collection of my best fall tablescapes.

Want to see how I made the white pumpkin with fall fonts and the black charger? Here are the step~by~step instructions for the black and white decorations.

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  1. You can’t go wrong with the classic combo of black/white. The stenciling on the charger is great and using a clear plate on top really highlights it. What a comfy and cozy setting.

  2. Rita C said it all very well! I love tying raffia, ribbon, tulle, yarn around everything! Black and white isn’t my color scheme, but it sure worked well for you. I hope Sweet Shark enjoyed the meal. Even mundane meals taste better when they are so prettily presented! My fave was the clear glass plate so the pumpkin sign showed through!

  3. Carol, you are so creative! I always love a black and white tablescape. It is perfect in any season and always looks elegant. It is always so much fun blog hopping with you. Take care!

  4. Carol, what wonderful Fall ideas. The Fall stenciled pumpkin makes a beautiful centerpiece. You certainly give me courage to try some painted and stenciled chargers too. Mixing it all with burlap and black and white checked ribbon creates a very attractive Fall farmhouse style tablescape. Happy Fall.

  5. Carol, you have a creative flair and you are frugal too.
    I am amazed at all your ideas. Using clear plates in such a clever way is one to remember.
    I enjoy that you show your thinking process as you go. That is the teacher in you!
    I enjoyed blog hopping again with you.

  6. Yes, you’re right – I did expect something blue from you! I love what you did with black though! Such a gorgeous table! The idea for the flower “vase” is brilliant and so pretty. I also love how you decorated the pumpkin. I wanted to tell you that last time you used something from A Maker’s Studio, I ordered a stencil from your link. They have such pretty things! Thanks for sharing them with us. Always great to hop with you, Carol!

  7. Very creative Carol. I have a love for black and white since I love Mackenzie Childs. Love the clear plates and the chargers with the pumpkin stencil. The black and white gingham ribbon is fabulous! You cannot beat the dollar store. The diy pumpkins look great as well. Kudos on your black and white table. Happy September.

  8. Carol, I love your black and white theme for autumn! You have really captured the feeling of the season with the gingham, pumpkin and burlap! I have to say, you have solved a problem for me. Often I see gorgeous chargers that have such beautiful words or designs that I pass up because you wouldn’t see them under the plates! Well, I never thought to use clear plates! Brilliant!! Great DIY tips too, as I always try to shop my house first and it is fun to see how others do the same!

  9. Carol, I always love a black and white table. You are so creative and clever with DIYing…the clear glass plates over your stenciled chargers are perfect. Thanks for all the ideas. Happy Autumn!

  10. I love that you showed the table as you built it. I also really love the black and white mixed with the burlap, especially the buffalo check ribbon. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  11. That’s beautiful Carol! I love black and white, and you’ve made it so casually beautiful! I learn so much every time I visit your posts. What a great touch to add the bows to your wine glasses, for instance! And putting the glass plate over the charger is brilliant! I’m going to incorporate those into something soon! 😉 Hope you have a lovely rest of your day – so nice to be hopping with you!

  12. Carol, I swear, you are a creative genius, and a frugal one! Not only were the black bags a great idea, but tying the black napkin over the cake stand with raffia, and using your clear plates on the stenciled chargers was brilliant! I love the look of this simple fall styling in black and white. Your ideas are inspiring. Great job! Happy September.

  13. hi Carol, you had me at black and white, my very favorite color combo! Your stenciled fall pumpkin is adorable, and so clever to use clear plates to get double duty out of your cute stenciled painted chargers. Isn’t it fun to stumble across something in your stash that works perfectly like that black bag for your vase! I would have never chosen baby’s breath but it works so well, with an airy feel like raffia. Lovely and unique fall table!

  14. You’ve once again inspired me two do something on my list! There are days I visit your blog and I just can’t wait to get out the paint or a stencil or whatever! Today it’s your burlap tablecloth. I have two burlap Christmas coffee bags that I’ve been saving for a fun, new project. You’ve inspired me to use them as a tablecloth for a future Christmas table. And I’m thinking because of your use of black and white, I just might have to add a buffalo check or something similar. This is why I love bloggers! If I don’t know what to do with something, somebody in the blog world will inspire me. And this is so much more fun than just scrolling through Pinterest. It’s more personal. Thanks Carol, I simply adore this table!

  15. I love black and white tablescapes, Carol, and this one is just right for welcoming fall! There is so much you can do with just black and white and your combining yours with the burlap and raffia was just enough to say “fall”. I hope you had a lovely dinner together! HUGS! Chloe

  16. Carol, your black and white make over of your little pumpkins is great! I love the stencil on the charger as well. These are some fun projects for fall! I hope you enjoy this fall season!!

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