Recital Reception Ideas


After a recital, hold a reception to celebrate the musical performance and bring together friends and family. A recital reception can be a very casual affair; it doesn't have to be at an official reception hall, but rather it can be set up in your living room. By choosing a musical theme for your decor and food and decorating in classic black and white, the room will look cohesive and elegant.

Music Themed Cupcakes

  • To go with the music theme, make cupcakes that are black and white. Bake chocolate cupcakes and frost them with white buttercream icing. Pipe black a treble clef, a base clef or music notes on each cupcake. Keep it simple -- put only one music element on each cupcake -- and the result will be classy and elegant.

White and Black Decor

  • Decorate the room with white and black to reflect the music theme. For example, have a white tablecloth with black streamers. Sprinkle black confetti across the table. Serve desserts on white and black platters; these may either be patterned or solid in color. Decorate with white window treatments. Put white candles in glass jars and tie a black ribbon around the jars. Then place the jars on the table where the food is being served. Overall, make all decor black and white to reinforce the music theme.


  • Since it is a reception for a recital, play music at the reception that builds on the music of the recital. For example, have pieces playing by the same composer as the pieces you just played in a recital. Have music playing in the background to serve as a reminder that this is a reception for a recital and it will accent the black and white music theme with which you have decorated.

Party Favors

  • Send your guests home from the recital reception with a small party favor that is also part of the music theme. Since a reception is comprised mainly of light foods and desserts, it is appropriate to send your guests home with a chocolate musical note. Buy or special order them from a local bakery. Place one chocolate musical note into each cellophane bag and tie it off with a white or black ribbon.

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