A Farewell Dinner Party {Black, White & Red}

This past weekend I designed a Farewell Dinner Party for a family moving back to their home state of New York.  We chose a classic look with black, white, and red with damask pattern.
In the entry was a manzanita tree with note cards set out.  Guests were able to write a goodbye note to the couple and hang it on the tree.  The hostess also compiled pictures of the group of friends from the past few years and placed them in a photo album as a gift.
The table was set so that the place settings for the men were slightly different than the place settings for the women.  I used decorative red damask packing tape from Michael’s $1 bin to wrap candle votives, and also add a decorative touch to the Cookie Bar below.
Personalized bags were attached to the backdrop with a red-tipped straight pin (from Michael’s sewing section).  The red damask packing tape provided just a hint of color against the black backdrop.  Guests were able to have cookies and milk for dessert, as well as pack some in a bag to take home.  See more in our Flickr set or Facebook Album.
This party decor would work equally well for a birthday, bridal shower, or engagement party!
About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Yay! I love black and white color schemes. This looks great, Chris!

  2. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Whata beautiful party! Love the milk and cookies! This is one of my favorite color schemes!

  3. Shelley @ Divine Party Concepts says:

    Looks great as always!! I love the messages on the tree!

  4. jackie fo says:

    This looks fantastic! Great job :)

  5. This so pretty! I love all of the little details. Nice job!

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  6. Courtney says:

    So incredibly darling! LOVE every last detail, Chris!

  7. Enchanted Expectations says:

    Everything looks so great! I love the tree.

  8. that is great! the tape on the candles is perfect – I never would've guessed it was just tape!

  9. Korinne @ Swank Sweets says:

    Great party Chris! So many great details…love the use of the packing tape, and the note tree!

  10. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Thanks guys! I appreciate all your sweet comments!

  11. A Blissful Nest says:

    I love the tree with the cards!!!

  12. Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams says:

    I love the idea of putting note cards on the tree. That was a cool idea. This party looks fab.

  13. Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams says:

    I love the idea of putting note cards on the tree. That was a cool idea. This party looks fab.

  14. Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams says:

    I love the idea of putting note cards on the tree. That was a cool idea. This party looks fab.

  15. Pink and Polka Dot says:

    hey…i know you!;0) i love your blog! we should chat! how funny!

  16. Half Baked says:

    This is just stunning Chris! The color combo is so striking. Love it!

  17. Allyson/HBMomof2 says:

    Gorgeous color scheme, especially for New Yorkers! I love the backdrop being the to go bags and packing tape on plain votives – Genius. I have picked up that tape every single time I have been in that store and have nothing to pack so I never put it in my basket. That changes tomorrow! Thank you for the great inspiration.

  18. it's just brilliant, very beautiful, love the decorations, very eyeball catching, something very talented going on here

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