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When it comes to keeping it simple, there’s nothing more chic than entertaining in black and white! With a simple color palette, the littlest of details can really shine. From paper straws to all black plates, we’ve rounded up our favorite black and white entertaining essentials inspired by some of our favorite parties found on Style Me Pretty Living. Scroll down to see all the enviable essentials.

Essential #1 – Striped Straws

Such a simple detail but lets your guests know what’s in store right off the bat…when you hand them their welcoming glass of champagne or signature cocktail. Best party, straws are inexpensive, disposable and make any drink that much cuter.

Shop Straws… Aardvark | CB2 | Target

Essential #2 – Glam Black Plates

So many ways to achieve this look. You can go with black disposables on top of a pretty charger, you can do a glammed up high gloss version or if your looking for a budget way to achieve the same look? Chalkboard placemats can capture the same spirit for half the price.

Shop Plates… Christian Lacroix | Target | Luesma & Vega Muna

Essential #3 – Subtle Striped Tablecloth

When getting your table ready for entertaining, you always want to start with a lush tablecloth. Whether it’s stripes or sequins, finding the right base really helps tie the rest of your decor together.

Shop Tablecloths… West Elm | Anthropologie | Wayfair

Essential #4 – Black and White Desserts

Food can play such an enormous role in helping to carry out your theme. By sticking with a color palette, you limit your menu choices which makes it so much easier plus you add to the decor and help emphasize your theme. The best part about black and white food? Generally, it involves whipped cream or something chocolate!

Another tip? DIY your own cake stands to use as serving trays by adhering a candle stick to an old dinner plate with some guerilla glue. Then, spray paint the whole thing in black or white.

Dessert Ideas… Cupcakes | Oreo Cake | Donuts

Essential #5 – Black Striped Napkins

Napkins can be just as impactful as flowers to a table. Choose one with a graphic black and white stripe and you have something that instantly brings a design statement to the table for very little investment.

 Shop Napkins: Mrs. Fruend | World Market | Ralph Lauren

With four easy ways to work black and white into your party, we promise your guests won’t stop talking about every little detail and you’ll actually have time to enjoy your own party! For even more entertaining ideas, be sure to check out our party section here!