Black and White Party Ideas

Black and White Party
Black and White Party

The Black and White party isn’t really specific to a particular holiday or theme, but is all about a color scheme. Have your guests dress in black and white. Use black and white décor. Serve black and white drinks. When everything is color coordinated like this, you’ll be amazed at how great your party will look. (I also usually throw in some metallic silver or gold to add some sparkle).

Click Next to get some decor, food and drink ideas for your black and white party.

Party Decorations – Tablecloths

Black and white tablecloths on all tables add uniformity
Black and white tablecloths on all tables add uniformity

Cover your tables with black and white table cloths* to make them all look the same.

When using an all-over color theme like this one, covering everything with those colors pulls the entire room together.

Party Decorations – Walls

Silver curtains cover windows and walls
Silver curtains cover windows and walls
Silver and black metallic curtains* cover windows and act as a backdrop on walls. Large white candelabras* add light and are tall enough to be table centerpieces while still allowing people to see each other.

Party Decorations – Ceilings

Black ceiling strips with dangling stars look like a night sky above the table
Black ceiling strips with dangling stars look like a night sky above the table

More stars, and more sparkle are added by hanging black strips with dangling silver stars* from the ceiling.

Installing small white Christmas lights between the strips causes the light to be reflected by the stars.

The strips are 12″ wide and have wooden dowels at each end that can be hung over hooks or a drapery rod to span the ceiling. The twinkle lights are draped between each of the strips, using the same hooks/drapery rod as the strips.

Party Decorations – More Ceilings

Black Fabric brings the color theme up to the ceiling
Black Fabric brings the color theme up to the ceiling

Alternatively, you can drape black fabric* across the ceiling to add interest…it’s a little less dramatic (which may be what you are looking for) but also less work than hanging the ceiling strips. Just install hooks at the center point of the ceiling and at the corner points where the fabric is draped, and loop the fabric over it.

A mirror ball* adds sparkle.

Party Decorations – Accessories

White Ostrich Feathers and Lighted Sprays contrast with the black
White Ostrich Feathers and Lighted Sprays contrast with the black
White ostrich feathers* in Eiffel tower vases* and lighted white sprays are a contrast to the black.

Want to know how to make feather centerpieces? Click here to see our post.

Party Decorations – More Accessories

Tealights and mirror balls hanging from the chandelier are a centerpiece that doesn't take up any table space
Tealights and mirror balls hanging from the chandelier are a centerpiece that doesn’t take up any table space

Hang mini-silver mirror balls* and tea light candles in terrarium candle holders* from the chandelier for a center piece that literally floats in air. You may want to use flame-less tea lights to prevent the thread from getting too hot and breaking. In this case, the 6″ round candle holders were big enough that the heat from the candle was not strong enough to break the strings.

Black and white is an easy theme to decorate for since there are so many items that come in these colors (plates, napkins, candles, table cloths, etc.). If you want to add a twist to the theme, you can also add a splash of color (such as lime green or neon pink) or use zebra print as the basis for your black and white.

Black and White Party Food

Since I did my Black and White party as a New Year’s Eve party later in the evening, I did desserts but no real food (and Black and white food is hard to find!)

I did find this zebra stripe bowtie pasta* which would make a great black and white pasta dish!

Desserts – Oreo Cookie Cheesecake Cupcakes

Oreo Cookie Cheesecake Cupcakes
Oreo Cookie Cheesecake Cupcakes

These are really easy to make and taste delicious (who doesn’t like Oreo cookies?)

Click here for the recipe.

Desserts – Black and White Cupcakes

via foodandwine.com

These Black and White Cupcakes from foodandwine.com combine vanilla and chocolate icing to make divine cupcakes!

Click here to see the recipe.

Desserts – Black and White Candy Bar

Black and White Candy Buffet | Black and White party

via hwtm.com

A candy bar featuring all white and black candies in clear glass jars like this one from Hostess With the Mostess is really easy to set up and is always a big hit

Black and White Party Drinks

1 White Cosmopolitan. Click here to see the recipe at absolutdrinks.com (they also have a non-alcoholic version)

2 Black Dahlia (this one even has an interesting story from the Gallery Bar at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles), click here to read the story and see the recipe at imbibemagazine.com

3 Cinnamon Toast Martini. Mix half and half Rum Chata and Fireball whiskey in a martini glass


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