I love to host parties. There’s something about getting all of your friends and family together to hang out and have a great time. The past few years we have been hosting Halloween parties and Ugly Sweater parties, but this year I wanted to do something different. When I think of Winter, I think of snow (which we don’t see a lot of where I live now but did when I was growing up in the northeast) so I decided this party’s theme was going to be an All White Party.
I finally nagged my husband enough for him to agree to it. I immediately sent out a save-the-date via Facebook so there was no way he could take it back…hee hee, and the party planning began!
ALL WHITE PARTY INVITATION
First I went onto Paperless Post and found a really pretty invite that worked perfectly for the white theme. You can customize just about anything on the invitation itself.
It’s harder than you think to come up with a menu of all white food. This is what we ended up with:
- White fish dip with pita chips
- Spinach dip (with crab and one without) and Carr’s water crackers
- Crab cakes (they are kind of white) and an aioli dipping sauce
- Baked brie
- Cheese platter – manchego, white cheddar, Iberico, and goat cheese
- Chicken Francaise
- Pureed parsnip
- Baked cauliflower
- Aglio Olio
- White mac and cheese
- Roasted turkey breasts
- White cake
- White frosted cookies
- Candy Bar!
- White jellybeans
- White chocolate Kit Kats
- White taffy
- White cheddar popcorn
- White sixlets
- White rock candy
- White chocolate covered snowflake pretzels
- Tom Collins
- White sangria
- White wine
- We also had vodka and tequila with mixers, along with beer
I created little cards for each dish (this was especially useful for the cheese platter).
All of our tables were covered with white table cloths. Centerpieces were a combination of floating snowflake candles, flowers and painted wine bottles with glittered and snow-flocked twigs. I lit candles (both LED and wax) throughout the house and our backyard.
My husband is not a fan of putting up holiday lights (the whole getting on a ladder, yada yada…) so we went with the snowflakes below.
I wanted to cover the patio table chair cushions as they were blue, so my (super smart) friend Melissa came up with the GREAT idea to cover them in white XL cotton t-shirts. This worked out perfectly, and I don’t think anyone realized they were t-shirts! (The pic shows the sleeve to illustrate how we put them on, but before the guests arrived, I made sure to tuck those in!)
The guests all arrived in white. Everyone looked amazing – I wish I took a group photo!
I decided to check out Rent the Runway’s white dress selection because I didn’t want to buy a white dress if I didn’t know when I was going to wear it again. The Thursday before the party my dresses arrived – you order the dress in 2 sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Saturday all I had to do was steam it a bit to get out the wrinkles from shipping. At the end of the night, I packed it in the enclosed packaging and brought it to a UPS drop off the next day. It couldn’t have been any easier!
I didn’t get a good pic of the back – which was the main reason why I chose this dress, so here’s one from the RTR site:
We set up a photo booth with some of my scarves and hats as well as cute holiday-inspired props (once again thanks to Melissa).