Holiday Party Idea: Black and White and Chic All Over

published Dec 12, 2016
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(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)

In the end, the elements of a memorable party are always the same: the food was great; the room looked nice; the music was on point. Give a party a special twist, though, and it will really stand out on the December dance card. With that in mind, we present our simple party recipe for a Christmas party in black and white.

Departing from the traditional Christmas color scheme takes a little extra effort, but the payoff is a seasonal party that sparkles in a blur of red and green. The fun challenge for our motif was to find a balance of sweets and savories that fit in with our black-and-white theme. We did, though, and to be honest we’re really proud of what we came up with. The menu was a little bit modern, a little bit classic, a lot memorable.

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)

Sweet Treats

  • Devil’s food cupcakes with vanilla frosting. For max impact, pipe the frosting on to get a perfect swirl. We have a Piping 101 if you need help.
  • Crinkle cookies dusted in powdered sugar. Here’s our recipe.
  • Dark and white chocolate-drizzled popcorn. It’s super simple to melt the chocolate, but here’s a quick explainer if you need it. Do pop the popcorn either in an air popper or on the stove, though; it makes a difference.
  • Black and white cookies. Make ’em if you’re ambitious, but you really can’t beat a NYC-style bakery’s if you have one nearby.

Savory Snacks

  • Sushi with black sesame. An easy take-out option, or roll your own if you’re really ambitious. Here are your instructions if that’s you.
  • Pumpernickel toast points with ricotta. We topped them with a black olive for contrast, but a drizzle of truffle oil and/or honey would also be a winner.
  • Champagne with a blackberry. We’ve seen champers with a raspberry or strawberry dropped in, so we went for a blackberry. Bonus: at the end you get a delicious, tart, booze-soaked berry! The showstopper was the edible gold dust rim. It gets a big wow factor with a small effort.
(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)

Great Jams

You could spend a few hours coming up with the perfect playlist. Then again, party vibes ebb and flow, which is a hard thing to predict in advance. The SoundTouch 10 wireless speaker from Bose allows you to DJ live and wirelessly, playing music from your own music library or your favorite streaming service throughout your home, from wherever you are, using your Wi-Fi.

If you’re the type who does love crafting playlists, the SoundTouch 10 comes with six presets on the speaker or remote. Program them, and in one touch, you can send your curated music to all speakers connected on the network.

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)

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