How do I Word Invitations for a Black & White Theme Party?

Updated November 21, 2016

A black and white party can be a formal event or a casual theme for events ranging from birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, rehearsal dinners or just fun get-togethers. Use your imagination when coming up with themes for the black and white party; you could do a retro party, fashion show, dinner party or a birthday party or shower in which all of the gifts are black or white. Invitations should be black and white in colour and can have a variety of wording choices.

Consider the underlying mood of the party. Will the party be lighthearted and fun or is it meant to be a formal affair? This will affect how the invitations are worded. Use more casual words for casual party invitations, such as "Come join us for Ella's birthday party." Choose more formal words for a more formal occasion, such as "Please join us for an evening of dinner and dancing in honour of Rachel and Tim's upcoming wedding."

Include preferred party attire on the invitation. For instance, attendees will wonder whether or not you want them to dress in black and white as well. Wording can be simple: "Please wear black or white attire." If the event is formal, add the words "black tie" to the attire information to instruct attendees to wear formalwear. For example, "Please wear black tie attire in white or black colours."

Add any other information the attendees need to know about the party. Is it located indoors or outside? Should they be prepared for certain activities, such as baby shower games or birthday activities? Always include information that people need to know in order to plan accordingly. For example, "We will be playing some festive birthday games outside, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring a sweater or jacket in case the weather turns cool!"

Inform potential partygoers if a meal will be served or if light snacks, hors d'oeuvres or finger foods will be served. Will there be drinks, alcoholic or otherwise? Do you want people to bring food or drinks that fit in with the theme? For example, "Cocktails and light finger foods will be served."

Add basic invitation information: Who is the party for? Where is it at? Include a map if it is located at a hard-to-find location. What is the party about? When is the party? Include the full month, date, day and time. For example: "Join us for Jessica's Baby Shower, located at Jessica's sister's house at 11 Household Street, Littleton CO 80127. The baby shower is on May 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm. See you then!"

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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.