Black and White is a classic theme and works wonderfully for lots of parties and events - from elegant birthday dinners to large scale galas and weddings. It works at any time of year too - think Great Gatsby or Winter Wonderland. The biggest advantage of a Black and White theme is that the simplicity of the contrasting color scheme informs everything else in a stylish and dramatic way. One can conjure up Brat-pack Hollywood, have a stylized Venetian Masked Ball, or get very modern with strong lines and an emphasis on minimalism. Because one has decided at the outset not to include any colors, the results are often striking in a starker, austere way. Any colors that are worked in to the design, such as golds or reds, can enliven the composition and really pop.