The Black and White Party
Hosting a fabulously fancy monotone party
We’ve all heard about Diddy’s infamous white party. And the kids from Laguna Beach had a Black and White party, too. It’s an easy theme and it screams elegance, even if you don’t have an elegant bone in your body. Each of these steps will help you to host your very own fancy black and white do.
This theme is pretty self-explanatory. Robbing your senses of colourful stimulation definitely allows everyone’s natural beauty stand out. I attended a black and white party last summer (which my friend and I snickered about), but the visual effect of everyone dressed in black and white was actually quite stunning.
Invitations set the tone for your party. My recommendation is to use a cursive font, which evokes thoughts of fancy times. If you want to be super extra fancy, you can actually print the invites out on black and white prints and mail them. If sending out an invite isn’t in your budget, you can say that you’re a very fancy person who is very invested in the environment. Since you’re discovering your newly-fanciful existence, mention the dress code of the party on the invite, as people might remember your last non-fancy party and dress accordingly.
Try to remember all the fancy parties you’ve been to and the finger foods that were served there. Some upscale markets will offer some good frozen hors d’oeuvres, but if you’re truly invested in the fancy Black and White theme (and I know you are), attempt making some yourself. There are some great recipes for mostly black and white hors d’oeuvres on foodtv.ca, which aren’t difficult to prepare at all.
Chicken Dippers recipe
Chewy Wine Shots recipe
One great party I attended (organized by professional party planners) featured a huge table filled to the brim with pink and red candy. A quick trip to Bulk Barn will achieve the same effect for relatively little cash. It also sets a tone of playfulness for your guests. Cheese is also a favourite, so splurge on some brie if you can. Black caviar is delicious and would also look lovely spread on some light-coloured crackers.
Make sure you serve drinks that reflect your theme. The White Russian (one part vodka to one part coffee liqueur with a splash of cream) comes to mind for this party. Other fitting drinks: white wine, Bellinis (white peach nectar and sparkling wine or champagne), and why not some scotch, Johnny Walker Black Label? Be creative.
When the day of your fancy pants party arrives, go out and get yourself a massage to relax. Party planning can be very stressful, especially when you’re competing with the likes of professional Socialites. And those girls have their own party planners. After your massage, set up your party room like the diva you are, and then retire to your bedroom to prepare for the evening festivities.
If you can, try to buy some pretty white flowers for the party. As the season allows, buy as many as you can. Nothing says decadence like decorations that will die within a week. You could even give flowers to your female guests as they leave as a pretty party favour. Aside from that, black or white tablecloths look chic on your existing tables (and no one will figure out there’s a card table underneath). If you have black and white prints, make sure they are visible. Try to hide any colourful accessories.
You might have to buy yourself a fabulous new outfit for the occasion. You wouldn’t want your friends to think you’d wear the same outfit twice! As you reminded your guests on the invites, you want to dress fancy. Pick out a great LBD (or if you’re brave, a white dress), and slap on some ‘strappy’ sandals and sexy gloves to finish the look. Have a cosmetically-inclined friend come over and do your makeup for you.
The one thing that annoys me the most about house parties, especially fancier ones, is when the guests are expected to take off their shoes. If you’re wearing a dress, for instance, your shoes are an integral part of the outfit. Even in bad weather, it’s a good idea to let people keep their shoes on for the party – especially if you’ve sent out a dress code. Yes, you’ll have a cleanup to do, but it will be worth it.
Written by: Nicolle Weeks
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