Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Black/White/Red Setting

Graduation No. 1 is this coming week-end.  We will be heading up to Harrisonburg to watch our eldest graduate from James Madison University.  The last four years have flown by, and it's hard to believe she is graduating.  I'm very proud and excited for her, as she begins a new phase of her life.  She will be coming home for awhile, and since she isn't exactly sure what she would like to specialize in, she will work for Dad.  It may, or may not work, but if she is determined, she will make it happen.  If not, she will figure it out.  Life is like that sometimes. 

Not much time for chatting, so I'll get right to it.  Neither my garden nor the weather has been cooperating.  I wanted to tablescape outside this week, but never got the opportunity.  So a kitchen setting it is, sorta rushed, but I like black, white, and red.  I used these colors in a Christmas tablescape that you can see here, and I actually like wearing these colors.  So here we go!
Table runner was a recent purchase at TJ Maxx.  The votive candleholder in the center was a recent gift from my son, who purchased it in Sweden.  It is Orrefors, blown glass, and it's very beautiful!

The place setting consisted of a black somewhat square plate, a white Haviland china scalloped dinner plate, a black and white salad plate (Ambiance by Roscher), and a Martha Steward bowl with red stripe.

Flowers are knock out roses from the backyard.  I put them in a black and white bowl atop a black wire cake stand.
The black and glass candleholders are from Home Goods.  I placed a black and white ball on top of another candleholder, and used the others along the runner.

The wine glasses have a red tint in the stem.  I used plain iced beverage glasses.
I used plain white bowls at the head of the table.

Lighting the candles...

After I saw these pictures, I decided there was too much greenery in the floral, so I pulled some out.

Looks a bit better.

White scalloped plates are Haviland Limoge (don't know the pattern name).  Silverplate is Rondevu by Towle.

Thanks for stopping by!  Graduation No. 2 is June 10.  Can I make it until then???  Lots to do, invitations to send out, parties to plan, whew, glad when June 11th gets here, I'll be headed to the beach--and NOT with the high school graduates! lol   See you soon!! 


  1. Beautiful table. I love the colors.

  2. Beautiful table. Congratulations to the graduates. ~ Sarah

  3. I love black red and white. Your candle photos are wonderful. I love the plates you used. Beautiful flowers too.

  4. Congrats to your daughter! I know how proud you are of her cause that is such a great accomplishment. Love your tablescape, so sophisticated with the black and whites...Christine

  5. YOur are on the graduation circuit! Congradulations to your daughter~ what a acomplishment! And too you too!!!
    Your table is dramatic yet so inviting. Your play of dishes, edges and color is perfection! It takes a talented eye to put it all together so seemlessly! Each detail supports the look as a whole. You get an A+ for this wonderful table!
    I am a new follower.

  6. Phewf! I'm tired, and all I did was read your post!! ;0) Your color scheme is beautiful. Love the way you sat the centerpiece up on the raised wire plate. Beautiful!

  7. My very best to the graduates! How exciting for you and your husband! Such an exciting time for your children!

    BTW, love the tablescape, it's got a nice mix of modern and classic and your kitchen is just beautiful!

    Have a great day and enjoy the graduation parties!


  8. Congratulations and what a way to celebrate!Perhaps you'd like to link this post to Seasonal Sundays for Mother's Day.

    I appreciate your comment on my Royal Wedding Breakfast Part I and thought you might like to know that Part II is up now.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. Congrats to your daughter!

    Amazing table, the colors make it dramatic, but still sophisticated. Love the flowers.

  10. We may have passed one another on the way this weekend! I was on my way down to Roanoke for a college reunion. :)

    This tablescape is stunning. I love the runner and it really pulls everything together. Black, white and red look fabulous together and you have done it perfectly. Placing the napkins as you did helps to accentuate the square black plate. The black candlesticks are very nice. I like how you have used the decorate balls in place of a candle and also on the runner.

    I really like this entire table setting. Great job!

  11. Beautiful setting in black, red & white!!! You did an outstanding always! :-) I never noticed before how you can see the pool from the dining table. That's a great backdrop! I'm also just now noticing how beautiful your kitchen is with the furniture-like cabinetry. Gorgeous!!!!!! I know I'm just supposed to be looking at the table, but sometimes the other parts of the picture just jump out at me! :-)