A Masquerade Theme for a party is one of the most popular themes and is usually a modern take on the centuries old Masquerade balls held in Europe, where guests turned up in disguise. Whether you want to make it a traditional ball or a casual party there are plenty of ways to make it a memorable one.
When it comes to party planning for a Masquerade theme, decide what kind of style it will be in – carnival friendly or old fashioned Victorian. Let your guests know of this through the invitations, which can be created out of either bold colored or old looking paper and an appropriate font for the lettering.
When throwing a Masquerade Theme party, decorate and furnish the party space appropriately in two or three colors. If you go with a carnival style, throw beads over chandeliers or string them corner to corner and hang balloons everywhere. Hang, drape and cover furniture with gossamer in the chosen colors to transform the space. Choose fun and upbeat music. If you choose the Victorian style, try to hire antique furniture and use at least one dark color as a theme color. Bring out your best china and drape the tables in heavy luxurious looking fabric. Modern appliances should also be covered in the fabric. Line the walls with stunning masks, or use them as table decorations.
For the food, think of dishes that can be made to look different from what they really are. For example, use plain cupcakes and slice them horizontally to form the buns for mini burgers. Fill them with a slice of chocolate cake to resemble the patty, and colored icing for the lettuce, ketchup and cheese. Form meatloaf into cupcake shapes and top with a dollop of mashed potatoes. Serve grape juice and apple juice in wine glasses.
Try organizing games to fit the theme. You can ask guests to remain silent at the beginning of the party, provide them with pens and notepads, and take a picture of them as they enter. Put all of the pictures up on a wall and ask your guests to correctly identify as many of the pictures as they can. The one with the most correct, will win. To keep the party fun and allow everyone to mingle, break the silent rule once the game ends. Also ask everyone to vote for the best costume.
At the end of the party give your guests gift bags filled with treats and maybe a simple, but beautiful mask.
Party planning for the Masquerade Theme can be lots of fun, as this theme allows you to be as creative as you want and guests will find it memorable too.