You might think with Christmas and New Year just gone that party season is over but there’s always another party just around the corner with birthdays and special occasions. If you’re thinking of throwing a party and you want it to be elegant and sophisticated but also fun a masquerade party is a perfect option. Not only does it make for a magical evening but the masks add an element of fun. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning a masquerade party.
Inviting someone to a party might only take two clicks of a mouse but to make your masquerade party extra special take the time to create invitations which you can post to your guests. If you’re creative you could design your own invitations and print them out or you could hire someone else to design them for you. Don’t forget to add an RSVP section and stick to your chosen colour theme if you have one to make everything tie together.
A Masquerade party should have a mysterious atmosphere so keeping the lights dimmed and use candlelight and fairy lights to create an air of mystery. Try to choose only a couple of colours for your party, if you want to keep it timeless and classic why not choose black and gold they compliment each other perfectly and look elegant and stylish. If you want to add a little more colour you could use silver and purple or perhaps pink and gold.
Regardless of which colour you choose you will want to choose items to complement your decor and create tables which fit with the masquerade theme. Think candelabras, velvet drapes, curtains of fairy lights, sequins, feathers and mask centrepieces. You can also alternate colours, for example, if you choose to use black and gold you could decorate the table with a gold plate, black napkin and gold masks to really make the tables coordinated and glamorous.
Masquerade parties are usually black tie events so lovely crisp suits and gorgeous ballgowns, it’s a great event where guest can enjoy an evening of elegance and glamour. Although the outfits will no doubt look lovely, the masks should be the main talking point and this is where things get really fun for your guest because there are so many different styles, colours and designs to choose from. There are half face masks, Venetian masks, leather masks, feather masks, velvet masks and even couples masks.
Food and drink
Masquerade parties don’t usually involve a sit-down meal, instead, you can offer canapés for your guests to enjoy throughout the evening. Here are a few canapé suggestions to get you started, Parma ham and mozzarella bites, spicy salmon and guacamole cones, Mexican roast sweet potato bites, and cheese & chive puffs. If you’re looking for more canapé suggestions take a look at these 50 quick and easy canape recipes.
If you want a drink that everyone is likely to enjoy and takes little to no preparation then champagne or Prosecco is ideal and you could even jazz it up with some edible glitter or shimmer dust to make the drinks sparkle. You could also offer red and white wine, plus perhaps a cocktail or two if you’re feeling adventurous. Don’t forget to have some non-alcoholic options at the party too.
Entertainment and music
There’s so much you can do when it comes to entertainment if your budget allows you could hire a pianist or orchestra to play classical music for your guests to enjoy or you could hire entertainers such as acrobats, jugglers, magicians etc.
If you’re trying to stick to a budget don’t worry, all a good Masquerade party needs is a dance floor and good music. You could start the evening with classical music and then move on to more modern tunes as the evening progresses this will get your guests on the dance floor.
Are you planning a masquerade party?