To me, Easter always signals the beginning of spring. Which is why I usually do spring-colored Easter tablescapes like this Easter tablescape in pink and green, and these butterfly and flower table decorations. But this year I decided to break with the tradition and go in a totally different direction by doing a black and white Easter table setting.
Ever since I saw all of the black and white buffalo check decorations everyone was doing at Christmas, I’ve been wanting to create a buffalo check tablescape.
But I didn’t have a good excuse to do it…until now!
When I saw these really cute black and white gingham bunny napkins, there basically wasn’t any thinking involved. I knew what my color scheme was going to be for Easter.
I know black isn’t a traditional Easter color, but combined with a lot of white and my new obsession for copper, I love the way it turned out.
The place setting
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Since the napkins were the inspiration for the table, they take center stage on the place setting.
Aren’t they cute?
The black and white check appetizer plates* were a bit of a splurge.
But I really love their hand-painted look.
And the way the pattern on the plates echoes the buffalo check on the napkins.
The Easter egg nests were left over from last year’s pink and green Easter table, so they didn’t cost me anything.
I couldn’t do a table setting without having at least a little bit of color on it 🙂
Some gold-rimmed water glasses finish the place setting.
The black and white Easter centerpiece
To keep the centerpiece relatively simple, I decided to use different sizes of lanterns.
I went with copper to go with my charger plates. But gold or silver would work just as well.
Then I wrapped some checkered ribbon around white flameless candles* to continue the black and white Easter place setting color scheme into the centerpiece.
For more details, read the tutorial on decorating candles with ribbon.
The ribbon around the candles really helps to tie the whole table setting together.
Some plain white taper candles in inexpensive plain glass candle holders* add a little height to the table without blocking the view across it.
Placing the lanterns and candles in a staggered line down the center of the table creates an effective (and really simple) centerpiece.
The repeated elements make it feel cohesive even though they are separate.
The Easter buffet decor
Since my Easter centerpiece doesn’t have anything in it that is specifically for Easter, I wanted to add some to the buffet behind my table.
These marble bunnies from last year’s Easter table work perfectly.
The white wreath hanging above them is actually a Christmas wreath.
But it doesn’t have anything on it that specifically says Christmas and it goes with my black and white color scheme. So I decided to re-use it, too.
The white bunnies are a big contrast against the dark background behind my buffet. So they are clearly visible from the table.
The Finished Black and White Easter Table Setting
The finished black and white buffalo check Easter table setting didn’t take very long to put together.
Which is always a bonus in my books 🙂
And I love that it feels like Easter even though it isn’t a traditional spring palette.
Easter Table Setting Sources
In the cases where the original decor is no longer available, I have tried to find something similar that would work.
Place Setting Sources
- Buffalo check bunny napkins (no longer available)
- Easter egg nests*
- Black and white appetizer plates*
- White lace accent plates (no longer available)
- Black dinner plates*
- Copper chargers*
- Twig cutlery*
- Embroidered white table cloth (gift)
- Copper lanterns (no longer available)
- White flameless candles*
- White and black checkered ribbon*
- White taper candles*
- Glass candle holders*
Other Easter table decor ideas you might like
- Pink and green Easter tablescape
- How to make bunny folded napkins
- Flowers and butterflies Easter table setting
- Pink and gold Easter tablescape
Have comments or questions on our black and white Easter table decor? Tell us in the section below.
This post was originally published on April 3, 2019 but was updated with new content on March 18, 2023.