Theming idea: Elegant Black and White Dinner with Unique Table Format

We’re setting up tonight for a dinner with a Black and White theme, and I wanted to share some pictures of it with you.

In particular, we’ve set the tables up with a rather unique format, and I think it works really nicely to encourage guests to talk with one another. We wanted to set up two really long tables, but in a sort of nested “V” configuration to help guests talk to those around them, and not just the person seated beside them.

Here’s the floor plan of what we wanted to achieve:

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Floor plan created by AV Partners

Here’s what it looked like once we set it up inside the room:

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I think this would work really well for a small, intimate reception, or for a sit-down engagement party dinner.

The theme is Black and White, so we used simple white tablecloths with plain black chair covers – no sashes or any “fussy” detailing to detract from the elegant simplicity.

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To keep the tables feeling long and streamlined,we ran long black satin runners through the centre of each “V”, then topped it with square mirror bases set diagonally. On top of these are crystal and wire “branches” and a string of fairly lights threaded through.

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To add a bit of warmth to the space, we covered a a side table with black Lycra, and placed on top a really big floral display featuring all white flowers with black accents and a sleek black vase.

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And there you have it! Our Elegant Black and White dinner is all set for tonight.

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What do you think of the way we’ve set up the tables? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


Event by Simple_Swan , Theming by AV Partners


Real-life Wedding: Brooke + Brendan

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Real Life Wedding of Brooke and Brendan on the Beach

I recently looked after Brooke and Brendan’s beautiful Black and White-themed wedding.  Even though there were a couple of showers on the day, it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of Brooke, Brendan and their guests on their wedding day. Brooke and Brendan describe their wedding as “a huge success, extremely memorable and with many compliments from our guests telling us they enjoyed the night as much as we did”. Enjoy their beautiful photos!

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After the ceremony, guests arrived to the reception room decorated in a stylish, sophisticated and opulent black and white theme. Centre pieces were fishbowl vases with pale pink and ivory roses to tie in perfectly with the bouquets and the pale pink of the bridesmaid’s dresses.  Ceiling draping and a backdrop with uplighting gave the room the formal touch. The Photobooth provided some entertainment for the guests as did the props Brooke had provided for some fun photos. Brooke said “the room set up was absolutely perfect and just as I had imagined it to look”

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Surrounded by their loving family and friends, Brendan and Brooke enjoyed their truly unforgettable wedding reception. We wish them every success in their future together as Mr and Mrs.

Photographer: Ben Rugers
Photographer: Ben Rugers

Photography by: Ben Rugers Photography