Black Tie party themed inspiration and ideas

Black Tie Party Theme

“Oh this old thing? I just threw it on, really.”

About the Theme

Turn your next event into a stylish fete with the addition of a black tie theme. Traditionally, black tie refers to a dress code that translates to: come in your finest threads. That means floor length cocktail dresses and fabulously fitted suits. In order to pull off a black tie party, just apply the elegance of this dress code to the rest of your event.

VIBE: Sophisticated

SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: James Bond, Red Carpet

Venue Settings


Where else would you host this fancy-to-do soirée? Elevate the ambience with a great view and plenty of room to mix and mingle.



While guests are arriving, set the tone with live piano music. A mix of upbeat jazz melodies and modern favorites will keep everyone guessing which tune will be next.

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Cheese and Charcuterie

A classic charcuterie board is a party staple. Arrange a presentation of equal parts meat and cheese, supplemented by a few sweet and savory snacks and crackers. Think: prosciutto, salami, Brie, gouda, olives, dried fruit, baguette rounds and honey.

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Champagne Tower

A champagne tower is equal parts classy and impressive—a true showstopper. A note from the pros: If you don’t have experience, don’t wing this party trick or try setting it up yourself. There’s an art to the balance of coups and champagne pour.

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Elegant stemware adds a classy touch to any event. Designate a martini or cosmopolitan as the signature sip of the evening to take advantage of the timeless look.

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Creative Detail

Calligraphed Signage

Calligraphy is a small detail, but once it’s noticed, it’s not forgotten. Hand lettering is an art and it lends sophistication to any stationery piece, from invitations to food labels.

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