Flower Arrangements for a Black and White Theme

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Flower Arrangements for a Black and White Theme
Lilies give you a choice of colours, or all white, for a black and white themed event. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The black and white wedding or elaborate party can be very chic, very elegant or very quirky. Keeping the colour out of it entirely is one approach to flowers, but there are good reasons to consider an accent colour as well. Flowers provide a way to add a spot of colour to a dinner, wedding reception, anniversary or sophisticated birthday bash, or any other time black and white dictates the decor.

Bright Blooms

Let the flowers provide vivid contrast in a black and white anniversary celebration. Pastels would dilute the crisp two-tone effect, but rich, bright colours will really pop. Consider one of the designer calla-lily shades like purplish-black, rust-orange, burgundy or deep gold for a head table -- or the centrepiece of a single dinner table. A less pricey, similar arrangement works with day lilies that come in even more colours and variegated patterns. For large receptions, keep individual tables simple with a cluster of white roses bunched around one coloured day lily, the posy tied with a ribbon to match the single-coloured flower.

Art Deco

The design for the Art deco wedding is precise, modern, geometrical and jazzy. Everything is black, white and ornamental. Decorate the church with huge sprays of white calla lilies and dark green ferns tied with silver and black ribbons. Remember that altars may be shadowy, so compensate with large, light flowers that will show up in the photographs. Put low clusters of white Stephonatis in slender black glass vases on the reception tables, and use low banks of white and deep red lilies with greenery and silver ribbons on the head table.

Significant Birthday

If the birthday is important enough for a major party, black and white decor can help create a memorable occasion. In a banquet hall, a basement or a backyard, go upscale to set the tone. A spray of mixed white orchids is extravagant and elegant at the entrance, and the same flowers can be adapted throughout the party space. A centrepiece of orchids and Queen of the Night black tulips would be stunning on a head table or buffet table. A single spray of white dendrobium in a black ceramic vase on bistro tables scattered around a dance floor won't interfere with conversation.

Black and White Ball

When your party is haute decor, use white flowers and black accessories to underscore the theme. Float white gardenias in clear glass bowls with black marbles or river rocks on guest tables. Create a centrepiece for a buffet table of soaring white orchid sprays and tall white calla lilies. Put them in a zebra-striped vase for a surprising touch. You can have a little fun with a black and white theme without straying far from the strict two-tone decor

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