Thanksgiving colors don’t have to be limited to oranges and browns; think black and white for some refreshing creative ideas instead. These images can give you some ideas on how to use these pure neutrals for some “wow” that your guests will truly appreciate. Paint pumpkins white and decorate with black “lace” patterns; black dotted or striped placemats on a white tablecloth are eye-catching and sophisticated, especially when paired with such things as spray-painted black leaf garlands, fat black candleholders with white candles in glass (or shiny white pumpkins!), or dishes with an elegant black floral or nature design etched on them. Black-and-white runners can liven up even a beige or brown tablecloth; if you have chairs of pure black or white, use them for extra pizzazz.
Black-and-white checked ribbons are cute on a pumpkin or centerpiece of flowers, and gold accents (such as a gold-painted pumpkin, gold-edged china, or gold flatware) on a black tablecloth with white dishes can dress up even a casual table. Use a black-and-white gingham cloth with white embossed dishes (perhaps with turkey or other seasonal designs), then add black cloth napkins in white or gold rings. For a brighter table, paint pumpkins with white enamel and then loop shining gold ribbon or gold-leaf garlands through them; stack a gold-embossed pumpkin on a white candleholder, or group a bunch of them for a spectacular centerpiece that blends fall and winter. Mix and match some of these ideas for your own special creation — and have a happy black and white holiday!