Tablescape ~ Black and White Anniversary

It is a January Anniversary !

I know that a black and white table can be formal, but I wanted to keep this one on the casual side , relaxing and enjoyable. With just a few sparkly touches to dress it up a bit for this special occasion.

I owe you an explanation ~ It was a challenge to shoot this table today as the day started out rainy dark and gloomy.
Perfect, (or so I thought) for a dimly lit dinner table.

However, as I began shooting I soon realized the sun was going to begin playing hide and seek, so my idea of a lighted topiary centerpiece, with candlelight ambiance was going to be a challenge as the dining nook is lined with big windows on all three walls.

So please just use your imagination and play along with me. :)
Here we go...

Royal Stafford Dinner plates (Marshall's)
Black wooden trays with handles ~ Nell Hill
Tablecloth is Waverly drapery/upholstery fabric which I simply hemmed.

Fleur de Lis Napkin Rings (click the link)
Napkins by April Cornell, the Jacquard pattern.

Martini glasses are German crystal, several years old.
Stainless Steel Spiral Cocktail picks by Amco.
The olives are blue cheese stuffed ~ delish!!

Silverplated cutlery Chambly, pattern is Baguette/France
Glass footed bowls ~ Williams-Sonoma Home Store
Small white gratin dishes beneath the bowls Apilco/France

The iron and glass tray Neiman Marcus/Horchow (several years old)
The wine is a very special release Cabernet Sauvignon from one our our local vineyards/wineries.

Fish platter in background is Apilco/France.
For information about the Riedel Ouverture Magnum Red Wine Glasses (Bonus with purchase. Click link to learn more.)

Vintage crystal candlestick/Czech

Please click the link above to visit Susan's beautiful blog to learn more about Tablescape Thursday.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
I would love it if you would leave me a comment so I know you have come by to visit.
Cheers! ~Mari


  1. Hi Mari....great table...and I'm sure the photography was "not" a challenge for you...not the way you take pictures...I love what you did to the Apilco platter...everything looked perfect....I hope your anniversary was a special one....Happy Anniversary my friend!!

  2. Beautiful table, black and white always look so wonderful together.
    I think your photography was perfect, as was your table. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love this anniversary table in black and white. Love using trays as placemats too. Your photos are beautiful! --Delores

  4. Really like your use of black and white. It looks very sophisticated.

  5. Stark & stunning! I adore this sophisticated table with such style & panache. I want to go shopping with YOU, Mari!!! You find the neatest items & I want one of each...or maybe 8. :D
    Each piece is just perfect where you put it. :D

  6. Beautiful. Your photography is stunning as usual.

  7. Love your black and white tablescape! Those dishes are just stunning. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  8. Great table! I love black and white; very stylish and classy!

  9. Love the black and white theme of this table, and I especially like the Nell Hill trays. I've wanted to order some for myself. It is such a nice touch for a setting.
    Happy Anniversary! ~ Sarah

  10. Stunning tablescape. Black and white is so elegant.
    Happy Anniversary.

  11. Mari, Dramatic and stunning! Every detail carefully tended to. I think this scape is one of my favorites!

  12. It's a great table display, so elegant. Love your beaytiful try.

  13. Beautiful table setting. I love the ambiance of the white/black combination. Your pictures turned out amazing.

  14. Mari~Happy Anniversary!There is something so elegant about the classic black and white setting.
    This is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. As always your photos are so lovely.

    I wanted to post your giveaway in my sidebar, but couldn't get a picture.
    Would you like me to post your link without a photo? Let me know I would love to let my readers know about your beautiful giveaway.

    Sweet wishes,

  15. It's magical everytime I come here. How you keep outdoing yourself is just amazing. A salute to you, Mari! Love the b/w theme. It's oh-so-classy!

  16. Oh Mari - I love this tablescape so much!! I love how you took such a sophisticated and elegant table and added the casual touches - it really works!

    The trays underneath the placesettings are a stroke of genius. I would have never thought of that (though you can bet I'll steal that idea some time in the future!!)

    So original. You have an amazing style. I love it!


  17. Spectacular!
    Happy Anniversary!

  18. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. OUAP! The table is lovely.

  19. Oh I loved this how charming. I must steal some of your ideas for a romantic dinner. Did you use press on letters on the platter. It looked really cool. BTW I love those little penquins I could see on the sidebar. They looked like olives I have to check that out.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Blessed Day,

  20. Mari~I've got a question...I may have asked you this before, but my memory has been taken hostage by menopause and I no longer have(if any)recall. What brand of camera do you use? My guess is you have an additional macro too? I hope you would be willing to share some tips with this novice.

    Sweet wishes,

  21. How romantic :) Love the up close photo of the martini!!!!

  22. Elegant, sophisticated and romantic! I love seeing how you make it all work together, gathering pieces from here and there and over time. Love it!

  23. This is just perfect. I love the plates and that! It all just works perfectly together and is so inviting. Love it!


  24. Beautiful, beautiful table! Happy Anniversary! I don't always comment but you ALWAYS do a beautiful table. Thanks for all the info. I LOVE the chargers especially! You ahve beautiful things. XO, Pinky

  25. Hi Mari I love your blog and also truly enjoy your new tablescape. When I visit you here it's like a mini vacation...thanks again I enjoyed stopping by..

  26. I love this tablescape! My favorite thing on the table are the German martini glasses! You did an incredible job photographic it!!!

  27. Happy Anniversary, Mary..
    What a lovely table..hope you had a wonderful evening!

  28. Hello,

    What a lovely table display!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  29. Lovely and fabulous photos too, well done!!

  30. What a great give away! The Blue Willow pattern has been in my family for three generations, and I never grow weary of it. I do not have a teapot so this would complete a tea set for me. (This is the first time I have visited your blog). Congratulations!

    I enjoy loaded potato soup and cheesy toast in the winter.

  31. How could I have missed this post, Mari. It's so beautiful! Love the black and white theme, very elegant!...Christine

  32. This is gorgeous! I love the B&W! Your photos turned out great, even with the clouds/sunshine back and forth weather. I'm hoping to do a B&W piece soon, too!
    Hugs, Lana

  33. In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. Then, in 1936, the invention of kodachrome gave colour photography to the world.
    Black and white digital photography


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