For a party that no one will soon forget, go all out with a masquerade ball. Masquerade parties are known for their mysterious intrigue thanks to a black tie dress code paired with masks. Invitations should reflect the level of extravagance you’re going for, and they’re an opportunity to get guests excited to plan their ensembles (include a note about prizes going to the best masks).
To start, pick a color scheme for your event to help inform the ambience—rich jewel tones give off a different vibe than a sultry black and metallic palette. Next decide what level of black tie you’re after, whether it’s a casual cocktail party or a full-on masquerade ball.
SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: Mardi Gras
Before the party swings into high gear, serenade guests with the elegant sounds of a string quartet.
The high ceilings and sleek architectural design that accompany a ballroom layout will offer the perfect amount of elegance for a masquerade fete. Add simple—yet striking—details like string lights, candles, paper lanterns and luxe table linens to round out the atmosphere.
Make sure the food suits the theme. Finger foods like a cheese and charcuterie table is totally fine, but elevate the presentation with florals, suggested drink pairings and elegant serveware. Basically, nix any toothpick platters.
Designate a signature sip that’s as alluring as your theme, like a dark and stormy cocktail.