Want to live a day in the life of Jay Gatsby? Throw a black-tie theme party! A black-tie theme is perfect for many events like reunions, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, work parties, fundraisers, and even New Year’s parties. Turn whatever event you wish into a fun, fancy memory for everyone!
Black Tie Theme Party – Menu
1. Hors D’oeuvres
Serve beautiful, small appetizers on elegant serving trays. Some options include caviar, oysters, bite-size sushi rolls, and cucumber slices topped with shrimp and scallions. Make sure your appetizers look as good as they taste. Appearances are key!
Who doesn’t love cheese? Charcuterie boards are all the rage this season, so impress your guests with your knowledge (or feigned knowledge) of cheeses! Serve a wide variety of cheeses, from creamy and mild to crumbly and strong on a wood cutting board for a rustic feel. Serve plain-flavored crackers and wine to accent the cheeses.
3. First Course
Make sure your first course is elegant without being filling. For a seafood dish, try salmon mousse or crab salad. For a veggie first course, try puff pastries stuffed with mushrooms in a garlic sauce. For a light pasta dish, try goat cheese ravioli or pasta with shrimp. Something light and delicious will make your first-course one to remember.
4. Main Course
Sophisticated options for the main course include Cornish game hens with a delicious sauce, lobster tails, beef tenderloin, or scallops in a creamy sauce. The main course will leave a strong impression on the guests, so don’t hesitate to go all out on this one. If you need help picking the dish out or finding a place to get the meal ready for you, contact a local vendor or business so they prepare the best main course imaginable! Remember to support your local businesses!
Finish your elegant menu with an equally elegant dessert. Chocolate mousse, strawberry soup, and tiramisu make for lovely desserts, especially when served in martini glasses. Similarly, a delicious torte makes for an excellent choice. Serve specialty coffees topped with whipped cream with your dessert. You can also serve dessert wines or brandy and cognac.
Offer a full bar stocked with plenty of beverages for your guests to enjoy – just as Jay Gatsby would at one of his legendary bashes. Or, you can even create a few signature cocktails to serve your guests before the meal along with plenty of wine to serve with dinner. For non-alcoholic beverages, serve sparkling apple cider or create a few non-alcoholic cocktails.
Black Tie Theme Invitations
Cut your invitations into simple, black-tie appropriate shapes such as a bowtie, a champagne glass, or an evening gown. You can also cut your invitations into the shape of the guest of honor’s initials or a season-appropriate shape like an Autumn leaf for a Fall event. No matter what you do, make sure it will catch the eye of your guests.
Use a formal-looking font for your invitations, but make sure it is easy to read. A cursive or other curling font is a good choice. If your cursive does not look so good, invite a few friends over to help with the invitations. They are sure to help when you offer them a glass of wine, but be sure to get the invitations done before indulging in too many drinks!
9. Color Scheme
Stick to neutral colors on your invites, such as black and ivory, to emphasize the sophistication of the event. However, you can dress up your invitations with a bright color accent as a border or as a font color, such as a bright red. It should be a pop of color, just as a red lipstick is a pop of color, and it makes the whole makeup look 10 times better!
Black Tie Theme Favors
10. Top Hats
Top hats are an icon of classic black-tie affairs. Give your guests plastic top hats to wear throughout the event. If your event has a photo booth, these hats can serve as a fun accessory when taking photos. Otherwise, the guests have a top hat to wear around town!
11. Photo Keychain
A photo keychain is a lovely favor that can be easily made sophisticated. Simply choose a keychain design that looks classy, such as one with a simple silver design. Guests are able to put a picture from the event in the keychain or just a picture they enjoy. This party favor allows for the guests to always remember what fun they had at the event!
12. Bottles of Water
Give your guests bottles of gourmet water. It is important for your guests to stay hydrated at your event. It is likely that your guests will be drinking alcohol, so avoiding your guests getting sick is of utmost importance. Not only do these water bottles keep your guests hydrated throughout the night, but they also make lovely giveaways.
Who hasn’t dreamt of being a princess at least once in their life? Giving out tiaras allows your guests to live out their long-lived dreams of being a princess! Tiaras are another fun accessory that could be used if your party has a photo booth. For extra fun, stack the tiara on top of the top hat because why not?!
14. Personalized Glasses
You worked so hard for this event to happen, right? Why not have a keepsake that allows you and your guests to remember the day it happened? Go and have champagne or wine glasses etched with the event name and date for a beautifully elegant favor. Each time you use these glasses, you’re sure to have a smile brought to your face remembering the events of that night!
15. Tie Clips
Tie clips are perfect for giving suits a bit of sophistication. Treat your male guests to a tie clip favor. If you have a bit of extra money lying around, make it into a game, but in the end, everyone essentially wins. Buy silver and gold tie clips. Play a game of freeze dance with a song of your choosing. The winners get the gold tie clips, and the losers get the silver clips.
16. Polaroid Pictures
Polaroid cameras are incredibly popular because of their ability to instantly print the picture just taken. Consider putting out a few polaroid cameras at the party, allowing your guests to take pictures throughout the night. At the end of the night, they have captured memories of the night, and you may have some leftover pictures as well!
Black Tie Theme Party Décor
Altering lighting is an easy way to create a specific atmosphere. Replace any stark white bulbs with soft amber lights to give your party area a romantic glow. Hang gold paper lanterns from the ceiling to give your guests more light and to give your space a decorative touch. You can also light your space with candles. These could be tall elegant candles in antique candle holders. The lighting that you choose will depend on the mood that you are going for.
19. Entrance Archway
A grand entrance is a perfect way to set the stage for an elegant formal party. You can rent/buy an archway or create your own. Creating your own may show that you are dedicated to your party, but renting one is understandable, as the host has countless responsibilities. To add a touch of sparkle, wrap white Christmas lights around the entire arch.
20. Table Décor
Scatter tall standing tables around your party area to give your guests plenty of space to mingle and congregate. Decorate them with attractive votive candles or elegant silver candlesticks. Tall standing tables are preferable to shorter tables with chairs, as shorter tables are more confining and do not fully allow guests to gather in groups.
21. Black And Gold
Black and gold are both sophisticated colors. Purchase black and gold balloons as decorations for your party. Tie them in bunches to decorate the corners of your party area and the walkways. Helium or non-helium balloons are acceptable when decorating. You may consider using helium balloons for letters, such as “Party like it’s 1920.”
To create an elegant bouquet, fill your vases with black stones and tie them with thick, gold ribbon. Keep your arrangement simple with large flowers like orchids and roses. Fill in your arrangements with greenery. These bouquets can be used as centerpieces or as décor on the bar, food table, or on a table by the entrance.
Silhouettes make for lovely décor. Cut black-tie-appropriate images, such as martini glasses, bow ties, cocktail dresses, and tuxedos from black paper. Add any details you wish with metallic pens. Tape the silhouettes to the walls of your party area. Make sure to cut these images well, without jagged lines!
We hope you enjoyed these black-tie theme party ideas. It is a perfect party to class things up a bit, and there are many ideas that can be used for just a formal party to dress up and enjoy yourself. Bring out your inner Jay Gatsy, and party like it’s the 1920s! I promise you’ll have the time of your life.