Stylish hostesses everywhere love to throw chic parties that use black and white as a theme for table and other decorations. The reason is simple. Centerpieces, party favors, and other accoutrements rendered in black and white are sophisticated and classic, while allowing you great latitude when it comes to imagination, creativity, and budget constraints.
First, pick up a black-and-white gingham or toile/damask swath of fabric, which is available at Jo-Ann’s and other fabric or craft stores, to use as a tablecloth. Which you choose will help determine the mood of your party. The checked gingham and similar patterns are casual and summery, while damask and other trendy French-inspired designs are more upscale and refined.
If the style is casual and the party is outdoors, create a memorable, and useful, centerpiece for your picnic table using a galvanized tin pail or planter. Fill it to the brim with beverages, then keep them icy by nestling them around black and white balloons filled with water that have been frozen for at least 48 hours. The result is both cute and thoughtful, helping keep your guests’ hands from getting wet and cold from plunging into ice when they reach for a soda or beer.
If you’re throwing a cocktail party that aspires to be sophisticated, scout around for some shimmery silver napkins or choose Target’s offering in a trend-conscious ivory-and-black damask print, which cost $2.25 per 20 lunch napkins. For your centerpiece, place black pillar or tapered white candles on gleaming silver candlesticks and strew some black and white rose petals on your toile or crisp white table linen. Round out the theme by serving black-and-white themed drinks like mudslides, chocolate martinis, and White Russians.
Lastly, if it suits the occasion, say a wedding or bridal shower, create yummy party or table favors using miniature black organza gift bags filled with white Jordan almonds. Another idea is to embellish printed black-and-white scrolled place cards with black-velvet ribbon threaded through punched holes.