Whether you’re celebrating a 30th birthday party, a sweet 16th or a Christmas party at work, the elegance and mystery of a masquerade ball is certain to cause excitement among your guests!
Masquerade Ball Venue & Theme
When you think ‘masquerade ball’ your mind immediately thinks of grand venues with a ballroom, high ceilings and stunning architecture, and if you can find a venue that fits this description (and your budget!) then snap it up! But if this isn’t an option, with a bit of imagination, you can set the scene in a smaller, more modest venue. Think town halls, school gyms and even your own home – especially in summer when the festivities can spill out into the garden on a warm evening.
When planning your masquerade ball make sure you have a think about what kind of theme you’re going for. When most people talk about masquerade balls, they are probably referring to the Venetian Masks worn during the Venetian Carnivals. However, a masquerade ball is, simply put, a masked ball, so you can have fun with the theme. Perhaps at Halloween you could go for a more Gothic theme, or in summer your theme could be fairytale. Whichever theme you go for, make sure it is clear on the invitations – otherwise you may find all kinds of weird and wonderful costumes arriving, that don’t quite fit your theme!
Masquerade Ball Invitations
For your invitations, either buy plain eye masks or cut out the shape in card. Write all of the key details of your event on the back of the mask (to add mystery, why not keep the details to a minimum: date & time, venue, dress code…and let your guests spend time wondering who the invite came from!). Next decorate the front of the mask in colours and embellishments that suit your chosen theme. The following work particularly well:
But, of course, anything that suits your theme can work!
Masquerade Ball Dress Up
Our favourite kinds of masquerade balls are where the dress code is black tie plus, of course, the mask! The mask should be the key focus, so the more elaborate the better…although there is definitely something to be said for understated chic!
Masquerade Ball Party Decorations
For decorations, simple elegance is key. If you have managed to secure a venue with bags of character, let the room speak for itself and stick to elegant table decorations (think plain white table covers, glitter dipped feathers & lace covered votive holders). For less decorative venues, consider adding wall and ceiling decorations to create an elegant setting; drape organza from the ceiling and hang pretty paper pom poms and home-made chandeliers around the room (again, glitter-dipped feathers made into a mobile can work really well!).
Avoid harsh lighting, so dim main lights where possible and string fairy lights around the room along with lots of candles to create a soft and romantic setting.
For a grand entrance, see if you can persuade a friend to manage the guest list at the door, checking people off as they arrive – they may even get to utter the immortal ‘if your name’s not down…’!
Masquerade Ball Entertainment & Music
The entertainment at a masquerade ball is the dancing! Classical music will set the scene perfectly, so, if you can, hire a pianist or string quartet, failing that prepare a playlist to play through a sound system. As the evening progresses switch to more up-beat modern music to get the crowds to the dance floor!
Masquerade Ball Party Food & Drink
Stick to simple, bite-sized food and appetizers; you don’t need to prepare a formal sit down dinner, plus, anything you serve has to be easy to eat whilst wearing a mask! Strawberry & Parma Ham Crostini, tiny Blinia topped with Quails Eggs, & Goats Cheese Truffles rolled in pistachios are delicious options that are elegant to serve and simple to eat.
For drinks, you can’t go wrong with Champagne or Prosecco, red & white wine, plus a signature cocktail or two. Make sure you have pretty straws available that match you theme – some of your guest’s masks may make it tricky to drink without one!