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Host a Black-and-White Movie Marathon

Make it monochrome, and we guarantee it'll be an affair to remember. With our recipes, movie picks, and décor inspiration, you'll be prepping for an old-fashioned soirée in no time.

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What to Watch

Pick and choose from our favorite romantic, black-and-white movies below. We'd say three movies is a solid number, and you won't feel totally ridiculous for using the word "marathon."

 

Sabrina (1954): Audrey Hepburn is forced to choose between Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. Frankly, we wouldn't mind a choice like that.

 

Jules et Jim (1962): Because there's nothing like an existential crisis (or two) to get you in the mood.

 

Casablanca (1942): “It’s still the same old story / A fight for love and glory...”

 

An Affair to Remember (1957): You could say we have a soft spot for Empire State Building romances. This one's particularly timeless.

 

The Shop Around the Corner (1940): Like You've Got Mail? You're bound to love this film. Two real-life sworn enemies find themselves in an anonymous affair.

 

It Happened One Night (1934): Indulge in this tale of forbidden love.

 

Waterloo (1970): Vivien Leigh always makes our hearts soar.

 

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960): For the highbrow crowd.

 

The Apartment (1960): We can't resist the nearly fictitious size of this Upper West Side apartment -- and the sweet romance that takes place within.

 

The Philadelphia Story (1940): "I don't want to be worshipped. I want to be loved."

 

His Girl Friday (1940): A fast-talking screwball comedy is just what the doctor ordered.

 

Roman Holiday (1953): Audrey Hepburn is a princess (but we already knew that).

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Perfect Pairings

Make a showstopping statement with this foolproof Oreo cookie "cake" tower, or pass around an even more obvious choice: the ubiquitous black-and-white cookie.

 

Oysters are simply one of the classiest finger foods around -- and their subdued colors will help you stay true to the night's theme. Consider serving them on the half shell, with mignonette.

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Last but not least, keep it dated with our olive-rosemary martini, a mixture of gin and dry vermouth with a few cheerful garnishes.

 

Set the Scene

There’s only one thing we're more excited about than old-fashioned, black-and-white movies -- black-and-white crafts! A chalkboard paint board is an easy, sophisticated way to list the flicks you'll be watching, or simply jot down the evening's menu. Let your guests know what they're in for -- but keep it two-toned.

 

Watch our tutorial below to learn a few tips and tricks of the chalkboard trade.