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Add a Touch of Elegance to your Next Party with a Black and White Theme

Party tips for planning a formal black and white occasion with the help of Windy City Novelties!

Party Decorating & Planning Ideas Black and White Themed Party Ideas

Add a Touch of Elegance to your Next Party with a Black and White Theme

February 27, 2013

Class up any event by turning it into a formal black and white party!  The perfect theme for charity fundraisers, birthday parties, class reunions, anniversaries, or New Year’s Eve, a formal black and white party is a great way to give your event a touch of elegance without breaking the bank or forcing you to come up with elaborate decorations, menus, and party favors.  While formal events take a bit more pre-party planning than your typical Friday night get-together with friends, they are well worth the effort as you’re guaranteed a night that everyone is sure to remember! 

Inviting your Guests

A formal black and white party needs something a little more classy than an email invite so send out elegant black scroll personalized invitations.  Being able to customize your invitations saves you time and sending out personalized invitations will start your event out on a high-class note.  Be sure to include all the pertinent details on the invite, including the date, time, venue, and RSVP date.  Also let everyone know they’ll be expected to stick to the black and white dress code!  Some of your guests may confuse black tie with black and white, so you might want to be specific that everyone will be expected to show up in either black or white attire, or a combination of the two, and that it is a formal, or semi-formal event so cocktail attire is appropriate.


Black and White Themed Decor

Set the stage for your black and white event with elegant, yet understated, decorations.  Whether you’re event is being held at your house or another venue, with a few simple decorations your party space can be transformed!  Black and white is obviously the main theme of your decor, but a few silver accents will pop and give the party some sparkle.  Start with a white floor runner for the guests to walk down as they enter the venue.  For a large venue, a balloon arch made out of black, white, and silver balloons is a classy touch.  For a party at home, bunches of balloons in the corner are just as nice, but less overwhelming.  White chair covers will class up even the most beat up old folding chairs and with basic black ribbon added to the bows on the back, your chair covers will perfectly match the decor.  Drape your tables with basic white tablecloths accented with black overlays and pull out the fine china and silver for dinner!  Keep your centerpieces simple, going with white pillar candles in glass vases on a round mirror with silver star confetti sprinkled around it, or stick with fragrant white flowers like lilies, roses, or tulips in silver vases.  Dress up any stair railings, trees, or large potted plants with some white twinkle lights and hang some silver glitter stars from the ceiling and your party space will be ready for the big night!


Food for the Big Night

Finger foods are a great choice for your black and white party, and if you can stick with foods that complement your color scheme your buffet table will certainly make a statement!  Caviar on white crackers, sushi, stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped scallops, stuffed olives, and mini sandwiches served on marbled rye or pumpernickel bread are a great option for heart appetizers and for the sweets table, mini cheesecakes, frosted sugar cookies, and mini cupcakes topped with sanding sugar are sure to please.  And for the ultimate treat, set up a chocolate fountain with plenty of white treats for dipping, like pound cake, marshmallows, and bananas!  For a little splash of color, add some strawberries, kiwi slices, and pineapple as well.

Black and White Party Favors

If you’re looking for party favors for your black and white affair, consider sending guests home with small Chinese takeout boxes filled with black and white M&Ms, which you can even have personalized with your event date or a photo, depending on the occasion, or with a mini cupcake frosted with chocolate or white buttercream frosting. 

An elegant black and white party is a great option for any occasion where you want to make an impression on your guests, whether you’re trying to raise money for a good cause, celebrate a special occasion, or ring in the New Year.  With the right decorations and a little creativity, you can plan an event that will knock everyone’s socks off and be the talk of the town for weeks to come! 

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