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Black and White theme party with 10 tips on how to make it a success

12. August 2017 - Anika Semmer

Black and White Theme Party - Hot as Hell and Beautiful Like Heaven


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You’re looking for a cool party theme that’s easy to implement – a Black and White theme party doesn’t require a lot of effort, but at the same time leaves endless possibilities to your imagination.

If you want to have a theme party, the possibilities are almost endless when it comes to choosing a theme, we have created a long theme parties list for inspiration. However, if you are looking for a theme that makes it easy for guests to dress appropriately, you will find that it is not that easy!

Best Ideas for a Black and White Theme Party

In this case, the Black and White theme party is a justifiably popular classic and the first choice for many. And the motto brings further plus points: Black and white stand for style and create a great contrast, which you can implement in the decoration, with food, drinks and a few extra highlights.

1. Preparation with Checklist

Before your Black and White theme party can start, it is advisable to put some thought into it. Depending on the time of year, the weather, the party location and the number of guests, it is best to first decide what is sensible and feasible and then decide on the appropriate decorations, etc.

Most importantly, BLACK and WHITE are the order of the day for this theme party!

It’s best to make a checklist and answer these questions:

  1. Where do I celebrate the theme party? Only in one room or (also) outside?
  2. Which style suits the location particularly well?
  3. What decorations do I need for the Black and White theme party?
  4. What food and drinks do I want to offer to go with it?
  5. Do I organise live music, prepare playlists and what kind of music suits the guests (and the theme)?
  6. What do I have to order / buy beforehand – and what can I rent?

2. Invitation to the Black and White Theme Party

For the design of the invitation: simple, elegant, stylish – and of course black and white! If you don’t have time for elaborate preparation, you can simply order suitable invitation cards on the internet, e.g. from amazon.

If you want to make your own invitations, it’s best to use black and white cardboard and print text on the white half – or write it by hand in black ink or white gel pen on black. You can also use black and white checked paper, make a dinner jacket out of black paper or work with a heavenly beautiful white angel and a sexy, elegant devil dressed in black as motifs and let your creativity run wild 😉
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3. Stylish Atmosphere

Decoration, accessories and outfit are enormously important for the atmosphere! Your guests are especially important here, because if they make an effort with their outfit and implement the party theme well, you’ve almost won. You can motivate your guests to make an effort when you invite them, for example, by announcing that the best outfit at the Black and White theme party will be chosen and rewarded with a prize (this could be a bottle of Black Chardonnay or white iced champagne, for example).

Almost as important as stylish black and white outfits are decoration and accessories – because this is how you give the party location a face and make it special. If possible, the entire location should be exclusively black and white. You can find detailed tips and ideas on how to do this further down in this article.

4. Hellishly Hot Decoration

Black and white are classic, usually inconspicuous colours (or “non-colours” for pedants ^^) – that’s why you can go all out with the decoration. Next to the outfits, the decorations are the most important thing to create a cool atmosphere at your theme party – so don’t skimp on them. There is an incredible amount of affordable to high-quality decoration in black and white – so every creative party organiser will get their money’s worth here.

If you’re looking for an additional theme for your decorations, Heaven & Hell is a theme that always works. So if you want to be a little more unusual despite choosing a classic theme, you can simply style your venue in an original way.

As notorious film nerds, we also recommend Film Noir as an additional decoration theme. You can find many inexpensive black-and-white posters on amazon or on the web, and you can play with the nostalgic atmosphere of the 40s and 50s when decorating your venue.

Party Decoration in Black and White

  • Cover white tiles with black foil in a chequerboard pattern
  • Line tables with white or black blanket
  • Attach black curtains
  • Stretch white cloth across the ceiling
  • Light with a black light lamp
  • Black and white balloons
  • Hang black and white photos & pictures
  • Hang black and white movie posters
  • Set up candlesticks with white and black candles

5. Outfit for Women for the Black and White Theme Party

The little black dress, a long black evening dress or a white summer dress, skirts, trousers, blouses in black and white – every woman’s wardrobe is full of clothes in these classic colours. White aviator glasses with a black dress, a white flower in the hairstyle or long evening gloves in the contrasting colour are wonderful ways to set accents.

And those who like to throw themselves into a special costume also have many options. From black widow, funny domino stone and nun to Marilyn Monroe in the famous flowing white dress to a chess piece, ballerina, gangster’s moll, bride, chambermaid, black and white spotted cow or a black or white cat.

6. Outfit for Men

Black suit, dinner jacket or business look in black and white: elegant clothing is a good choice for the Black and White theme party. Those who prefer to dress casually in black trousers and a white shirt or T-shirt or all in black or white can set accents with a bow tie or cravat in the contrasting colour.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can come in a white Southern suit, all black with sunglasses like in Mission Impossible, as a gangster or as an agent in the style of James Bond. Or you can come as a skeleton, a Swat policeman, a jailbird, a priest, a chimney sweep, a doctor, a chess piece, a domino, Zorro, V for Vendetta or a white castle ghost…

7. Accessories in Black and White

Accessories in a contrasting colour give your outfit that special touch. Especially if you decide to go “casual” in your choice of clothes, you can easily fall back on accessories to spice up your outfit.

Accessories for Women

  • Evening gloves or cuffs
  • Hat
  • Feather boa
  • Eye-catching glasses in black or white
  • Black Venetian mask
  • Black wig with white strands
  • Hairband with rhinestones and feathers
  • Headband with black feathers like in the 20s
  • White flower in the hair
  • Black or white hair band
  • Black fan
  • White angel wings
  • Black or white artificial nails

Accessoriers for Men

  • Bow tie
  • Tie
  • Hat
  • Braces and bow tie
  • Sunglasses
  • Anonymous mask

8. Black and White Food and Snacks

Black and white snacks and dishes are part of the Black and White theme party. And there are more of them than you think. The contrast in colour works beautifully with the food – and if you’re preparing food in just one colour, arrange it on a plate in the contrasting colour – or place a napkin underneath.

  • Deviled eggs with 1 spoonful of black caviar as decoration
  • Asparagus salad
  • Pasta salad with black noodles, mozarella balls, black olives, roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Dark Bread with cream cheese
  • White bread with black olive cream
  • Mozarella balls with balsamic vinegar and dark salad leaves
  • Chocolate
  • Foam kisses
  • Marble cake
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate ice cream with sprayed cream

9. Drinks for the Black and White Theme Party

When it comes to drinks, you can trick people a little by having them drink from black and white cups or by decorating the glasses with black party decorations. However, if you are open in the choice of drinks you want to offer, there are plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic black and white drinks.

  • White Russian (cocktail)
  • Black Russian (Cocktail)
  • Dark beer
  • Espresso with spray cream topping
  • Coffee with vanilla ice cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sprite
  • Cola

10. Music

Music is known to be a matter of taste – nevertheless it is enormously important for a good party atmosphere. If you don’t want to spend enough money to book a live band, you can simply set a few musical highlights with songs on the theme of Black & White: for example, Black and White by Michael Jackson! Here you can also find a list of songs with the theme Black and White from very different genres.

By the way, you can find more party tips and home party ideas on our website. Abenteuer Freundschaft also offers a wide range of general tips for activities with friends, as a couple or with children.

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