This magical theme will have guests wishing the night will never end.
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
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.
Before the party swings into high gear, serenade guests with the elegant sounds of a string quartet.
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.
If you’ve hosted or attended any type of costume party before, you probably know guests don’t always adhere to the dress code. Supply extra masquerade masks so no one feels left out—and so the theme doesn’t fall to the wayside.