Entertaining | Black & White Dinner Party Ideas

black and white winter celebration

Looking forward to New Years Eve? This dinner party design I created for The Party Dress magazine is perfect for ringing in the new year or celebrating a special birthday. The idea was to work with a plaid theme, but I didn’t want to do the flannel, rustic, or traditional red that has been done before. I decided to dress it up and go for a more sophisticated black and white plaid party.

It all started with this black & white plaid taffeta I found at the fabric store. Read on for the details…

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Get the Look:

  • A couple of yards of fabric is used as a table topper and makes a statement with its bold pattern. There’s no question that we’re Mad for Plaid!
  • To keep the colors in the same tone but add a little shine, I used silver metallic chargers to layer on each place setting. White napkins folded like bow ties adds a sophisticated but whimsical touch, as they’re wrapped with sequin trim.
  • Place cards are printed out and embellished with a tiny adhesive gem, then placed in mini frames. The frames could double as favors.
  • Even for a sit down dinner I like to have a small bar with hors d’oeuvres set up for pre-meal mingling. A signature cocktail, mini champagne, and bite sized appetizers are served on a console table {get this sweet & savory cheese canape recipe here}.
  • I got creative with my cocktail ingredients {get the chocolate cake cocktail recipe here} display and used vases as decanters, and a lidded ceramic vase holds ice. IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR POTTERY IS FOOD SAFE if you want to do this.
  • Mini champagne bottles are one of my favorite things! I love to dress them up like I did here: swatches of fabric from the table topper are tied on with ribbon which visually joins the 2 tables together. Tie on black straws so guests can sip without glassware. I printed a very simple label that says “Cheers!” and attached it to the front to keep all the party display elements uniform – I even added a tiny adhesive gem to the exclamation point!
  • The perfect glass garnish for my Chocolate Cake Cocktail is a chocolate Swiss roll cut into slices. Just add it to the side of the glass!

Do you have any winter celebrations to plan for? Which of these ideas would you use?

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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 has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Okay I want that nail head table! Where is that from??

  2. Pallavi Kale says:

    Have been looking for mini champagne bottles everyhwhere..Where can i find them?

    • Pallavi, our grocery store has them on the shelves, but if yours doesn’t you can usually speak to the manager/wine rep and have it special ordered. Also, World Market has them.

  3. I love all the details that you put together and I love the black and white theme. It’s so elegant! I have updated my blog post to include a link to your page. Sorry for the oversight. Wishing you a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!




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