Pink & Black Party Ideas


A pink-and-black party theme is sophisticated, yet playful. Pink flowers, sweet raspberry cocktails and stylish black attire are just a few elements that make this party theme a success. This theme works well with parties for all ages, from a sweet 16th birthday party to college graduation celebrations or the dreaded 30th birthday party. Inexpensive pink and black items are also easily found at most grocery stores and party planning stores, which make this party design easily implemented by people with a range of budgets.

Food and Beverages

  • Integrate the food and drink into the party theme by serving items in these colors. Design a cupcake tower using black baker’s cups and strawberry frosting with black sprinkles. Also, set up a candy buffet using clear glass apothecary jars filled with pink sweets like gumdrops, bubblegum, cotton candy balls, pink marshmallows and taffy. Mix black licorice with the pink candy. Include pink ribbon spools next to the clear treat bags to provide an additional touch of color. provides recipes for pink food items, including a pink party salad with cherry pie filling and marshmallows.

    Serve large bowls of sparkling pink lemonade, or offer a clear soda and add ice cubes of pink lemonade. If the party has attendees of drinking age, serve pink alcoholic drinks like Cosmopolitans. The Pink Drink Book recommends additional cocktails including a “Rasmopolitan” and a “Raspberry Flirtini.” Cut off both ends of long black licorice pieces for guests to use as straws.

Dress Code

  • Enforce a dress code for your guests to enhance the party’s color scheme. On the invitation, specify pink and black options for women that may include a traditional black cocktail dress or a pink polka-dot blouse with a black skirt. Men can wear a black or pink polo with black slacks. Or, they could sport a black dress shirt with a pink tie.


  • Decorate tables with black and pink tablecloths. Experiment with patterns of the tablecloth as well: black-and-white striped tablecloths or ones in patterns like damask and toile add an elegant touch to the tables. On every table include a bouquet of pink flowers like roses, gerbera daisies or tulips. Hang pink paper poms above the food station to add height and depth to the display. You can also cut pink flowers from the stems and place them along the plates of food.

    Purchase pink light bulbs found in most grocery or hardware stores and cast a romantic glow over your party by replacing the overhead lighting. Or you could ask any theater friends if they have stage lighting you could borrow that casts the room in a pink hue.

    Design name cards using a black calligraphy font on pink satin paper to indicate where everyone sits. Place these name cards in a shallow clear basin filled with black jelly beans, and place the basin at the entryway of the party.

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