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Event Themes: Elegant Masquerade Ball


Event Themes - Elegant Masquerade Ball

Everyone loves a good themed event, especially when it involves dressing the part. Masquerade balls are fun yet unique because they involve dressing up, a costume-y feel, and an element of mystery and excitement. Between planning the venue, decorating, choosing food and drinks, and picking the entertainment, these kind of events can be stressful. Here is a step-by-step guide and some ideas to help you throw an elegant masquerade ball themed event.


There are plenty of sub-themes to add to your main masquerade theme. Some fun sub-themes are Great Gatsby, the Roaring 20′s, Mardi Gras, Victorian era, Las Vegas, the list goes on. For a Victorian Era theme, include pastel colors, tiny desserts like macaroons and cakes and tarts, and maybe even a few pumpkins as decor for a Cinderella twist! For a Las Vegas theme, include lots of dice and casino tables as your decor. For a Mardi Gras theme, decorate with lots of balloons and tinsel and beads in purple, yellow, and green. Maybe you want the theme to be just certain colors – that’s fine as well. Just remember to keep it simple. Whatever you do, don’t mix and match main themes or make it confusing – no one will know what’s going on if you say “Join us for a 50′s themed formal masquerade ball and wear Christmas colors!”


The dress code for a masquerade should always include formal attire and masks, but the specifics of attire should tie into the sub-theme. For a Great Gatsby theme: ask guests to wear jewels or diamonds, tuxedos, fancy gowns, and colors like black and silver. For a Roaring 20′s theme: ask guests to wear feathers, sequins, headbands, cocktail dresses, and lots of red. For a Mardi Gras theme: ask guests to wear colors like purple, green, and yellow. For a Victorian era theme: ask guests to wear pastel colors, fake wigs, and fancy ballgown attire. For a Las Vegas theme: ask guests to wear mini dresses and khakis with button downs – whatever they would wear for a night out on the strip. If you want to stick to a simple colored theme, pick colors like black and white, black white and metallics (like silver and gold), just silver and gold, etc. Ask your guests to wear these colors and decorate your venue with these colors as well!



If you have a large budget, choose a fancy hotel ballroom with extravagant chandeliers and a winding staircase. If you’re working with a smaller budget, choose a local barn to throw the event in or if it’s going to be warm outside, find a large backyard and set up a marquee tent. If a winding staircase isn’t in the cards, construct a balloon arch entrance. If a fancy chandelier isn’t in the cards, hang up a disco ball or suspend twinkly fairy lights along the ceiling instead. Make sure your planned venue is large enough for the amount of guests you’re inviting and that there is ample room to decorate.


Hollywood Lights


For this theme, don’t skimp on decorations. Decorations are one of the most important parts to impress your guests and really make your theme come to life. Since you’re going for elegance, avoid tacky decorations like streamers and paper cut-outs that you can buy at Party City. Stick to floor-to-ceiling fabrics to drape on the walls, fresh flowers, lighting to set the mood, and for an extravagant touch, maybe even consider an ice sculpture. A balloon arch entrance is a fun idea as well – just match the balloons to whatever color scheme you’ve chosen. Decorate tables with glitter, sequins, feathers, and decorative masks that match your theme. If you want something more light and inviting versus rich, dark fabrics covering the walls, consider white tulle curtains draped along the walls and ceiling with golden fairy lights intertwined with them. This will give the venue a magical look and provide amazing lighting.




Crystal Lilies

Food & Drinks

Another major part to any event – the food. Appetizers and drinks will keep guests happy and mingling around the food table. For convenience, choose small finger foods like mini cheeseburgers, mini sandwiches, cheese and cracker platters, cheese and meat platters, deviled eggs, chips and dip, veggies and ranch, mini cupcakes or pastries, etc. For an extravagant touch, consider a chocolate fondue fountain as the food table centerpiece. Include skewers to dip strawberries, marshmallows, cubed angel food cake, mini cream puffs, pretzel sticks, and more. Make sure to include a vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free option. Let guests help themselves with lemonade and water dispensers. Now to the exciting part: drinks! Cocktails to match your theme are always a hit. Include a minibar near the food table with a bartender serving drinks around the clock. Consider the recipe below for a mysterious and delicious themed cocktail!




The Foundary at Oswego Pointe


Smoking Martini

1.5 oz Absolut Citron, 0.75 0z Cointreau, 0.5 oz white cranberry juice, 0.5 oz pomegranate syrup muddled with two limes. Add dry ice (a cube about the size of a grape) to garnish and cause smoke to rise from the drink. Add a dash of food coloring for fun colors like blue, green, and purple.

*Recipe found here:


Consider having a dance floor, a photo booth, casino tables, and/or an outfit contest for the “best dressed” at the event. Hand out rewards to the winning guest or couple. For musical entertainment, choose a live band or string quartet if you’re working with a large budget. With a smaller budget, a DJ will work just fine. Play classical music that sets the mood you’re going for, but also make sure to play some newer, more popular hits so your guests will be tempted to hit the dance floor and get the party started. When midnight strikes, have your guests remove their masks to reveal their identities!

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Peter Corvallis Productions


Tyler Carson Music


Don’t send out an e-mail for this event, that’s just boring! Send handwritten invitations on card stock that follows along with your theme. Include the date, time, venue, theme, dress code, and what people should expect at your event when it comes to entertainment and food. If it’s for a cause, mention that there will be a silent auction (if you plan for one), a fee at the door, or other opportunity to donate to your cause if they attend the event. Be sure to send the invitations out at least two weeks in advance or even a month in advance if it’s a really big event. In that case, consider sending a “Save the Date” before the actual invitation so your guests can plan ahead. Now you just need to send the invites out by mail and wait for the rush of RSVP’s!

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