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A Night to Remember: How to Throw a Masquerade Ball (Even On a Budget)

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Are you bored of going to the same old house parties, wearing the same old clothes, playing the same old music? If you want a mystical and magical evening, try a masquerade party instead!

Masquerade balls have been around since the 13th century. The grand, mysterious parties were popular in Venice originally. Later, royalty throughout Europe and England hosted Masquerade Balls throughout the 18th Century.

The mystical masks concealed identities until the unveiling at the stroke of midnight. No wonder the magical party theme is still popular today!

From lavish masks and costumes to elegant decor and extravagant entertainment. What better way to have some fun with friends?

If you want to throw an unforgettable masquerade party, you've come to the right place. Are you ready? Let's unmask the secrets of a mystical masquerade ball.

Invitation Only

While everyone will get dressed up to the nines in their masquerade masks, you still want to know exactly who's going to be there. To do that, make your party an invitation-only event.

Instead of sending out a boring old e-vite, send an actual paper invitation by post. This can create real anticipation for the glamorous event to come.

In your invitation, give as much information as possible. For example, the time and date, location, and info about food. You MUST highlight that it's a masquerade party and you expect all to come matching the selected theme.

The more information you give, the better.

Set the Mood

The theme of the event is obviously, masquerade party. But there are themes within the theme.

Some masquerade theme ideas include:

  • Color theme (have everyone wearing the same colors)
  • Black and white
  • Hollywood Glamour
  • The 1920s
  • Mardi Gras
  • Victorian garb

Of course, your theme may revolve around an event. For example, a Halloween party, the 4th of July, Valentine's Day or even Christmas.

The artistic director of Dior hosted a luxurious black-tie fantasy themed masquerade party. Unicorns, fortune tellers, and glittering lights made the star-studded event even more magical.

The theme possibilities are endless. Just use your imagination!

Mystic Masquerade Masks

The most important thing on your masquerade party to-do list is to get a mask. Your mask will have to match the chosen theme.

You can buy masquerade masks in all different styles, types, colors, and themes. Some have gems, bows, and feathers, while others depict an animal or character. Some are full face, but most only cover half the face.

Get everyone into the spirit of the night by announcing that there will be a prize for the best mask and costume. If you add this to the invite, your guests will come dressed to impress.

Dress to Impress

But a mask is nothing without a killer costume to go with it. Whatever the theme is, make sure your mask and costume unite to create a spectacular look.

For example, if it's Hollywood Glamour, wear a sleek silky number draped with a feather boa. Add some long black gloves and a glittery mask and you're ready to steal the show!

Decedent Decor

A masquerade party should give off mysterious vibes. So pack away the tinsel and balloons and use elegant decorations instead.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Metallic confetti or glitter sprinkles over the tables
  • Glass vases filled with beads and feathers
  • Twinkly lights and candles to create mystery
  • Elegant candelabras for a mid-century look
  • Drapes of fabric to cover up modern items and ugly wall space
  • Masks on walls and used as centerpieces

Decorations are essential to setting the mood, so don't skimp on this one.

Location, Location, Location

When planning a masquerade party, location is one of the first things you need to decide on. It all depends on 2 major factors:

  1. Your Budget
  2. The Weather

If you have a small budget and a large spacious home, you may be able to host your party at home. But if your home isn't big enough to host a ball, you will need to rent a place.

Of course, a large budget gives you more options, such as ballrooms or manor houses. But if you're on a tight budget you can rent events centers or dances floors. All it takes is a few lavish decorations to turn a rented community center into a mystical ballroom.

When thinking about the weather, ask yourself, when will the event take place? In the summer or winter? Will it be too hot to have it indoors, or too cold to have it outdoors?

Even if you plan to have an outdoor summer ball, make sure you have a backup in case it rains. For example, a marquee.

The Music of the Night

The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack anyone?

Yes, opt for music that fits the mystical theme of the night. Classical music for a Queen Victorian themed ball or Jazz music for a roaring 1920s shindig.

Live music can really set the mood, such as a string quartet or a harpist. But if your budget doesn't allow it, make your own playlist instead.

Depending on your audience you may choose to entertain guests with games too. Now, musical chairs aren't going to cut it. But how about a poker table, waltzing lessons or a murder mystery.

Don't forget the unveiling of masquerade masks at midnight!

Finger Food Feast

The food at a masquerade party can be a tricky business. The masks can make it fairly complicated to eat a big meal. Opt for finger foods that match with the theme of your party.

But don't lose the magic of your mystical masquerade theme with pizza and pretzels. Make a feast of lavish finger foods instead. For example, canapés, stuffed mushrooms, crab puffs, rich chocolate mouse, and gourmet cheeses.

Don't forget to provide straws for your guests so they can drink without unveiling their secret identity!

Masked in Mystery: A Masquerade Ball to Remember

While hosting a masquerade ball has been a grand tradition for centuries, they make a great party theme for today. But now we've unmasked the secrets behind a masquerade party, what's next? Finding the perfect mask of course!

Check out our collection of elegant and decedent masquerade masks. And you'll be ready for a night of mystery and intrigue.