Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (2022)

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (1)

You could throw a costume party. But you’re looking for something classier — something a little less bobbing for apples and a little more drinking champagne with pinkies in the air. You’re looking for a masquerade ball.Â

A masquerade party is the precursor to the modern-day costume party, but this elegant affair isn’t just for Halloween. Dressing up while donning masks makes an excellent party theme for bat mitzvahs, New Year’s Eve, fundraising galas, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and quinceañeras.

Whatever the occasion, we want to help you celebrate. To create a masked ball that’s better than you imagined, use this must-have guide to masquerade party themes, decorations, food, and invitations.Â

Masquerade Party ThemesÂ

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (2)

Did you think that “masquerade” was the theme? Well, that’s just a starting point. Here are a few ways to heighten your masquerade theme for the most extravagant, Instagram-worthy bash everyone will love.Â

Color SchemesÂ

For photo ops that pop, pick an eye-catching color scheme. An all-white masquerade, black and white masquerade or black and gold masquerade are classic options. But you don’t have to limit yourself to the classics. If you’re throwing a 50th birthday party and the guest of honor’s favorite colors are melon and chartreuse, make it a watermelon and chartreuse masquerade.Â

Plan your decor to match your color scheme, and consider handing out matching masks as a party favor. You can give guests white masks or black masks for a black and white ball, or hand out gold masquerade masks to match a black and gold theme. For a fun activity, you can also set up a craft party table where guests can DIY their mask with cutouts, sequins, and feathers.

Mardi GrasÂ

A masquerade theme and Mardi Gras go together like jazz and New Orleans. Mardi Gras masks are a traditional part of the celebration.Â

(Video) Masquerade Party Ideas/ DIY Decor, Treats, and Much More!!

To make everyone feel like they’re in the French Quarter, host your masquerade ball on or around Fat Tuesday, encourage everyone to wear purple, green, and gold, and hand out beaded necklaces as a festive party favor.Â

Great GatsbyÂ

There’s nothing quite like the glitz and glitter of a Gatsby gala. Celebrate the Roaring Twenties by serving champagne out of a coupe and mixing up a few bootlegger cocktails. Add in some Art Deco decor (think bold, geometric patterns and metallic hues) and encourage guests to match their masquerade ball mask with their favorite flapper outfit.

Venetian MasqueradeÂ

Celebrate the origins of the masquerade ball by throwing a traditional Venetian masquerade. Encourage guests to find their own artisan Venetian masks, or use them as part of your party decor.Â

Music and dancing were an integral part of traditional Venetian celebrations, so find a playlist with classical Italian music, or go all out and hire a string quartet. Bonus points to any guest who shows up in 16th-century attire.

Black TieÂ

If you’re a fan of fancy dress, set the fanciest dress code of them all: black tie. Men will don their best tuxedo, women will wear their most beautiful ball gown, and the whole party will show you just how nicely they clean up. Sure, this type of soiree can cost a pretty penny, but the memories will be priceless.

Holiday Party

From New Year’s Eve to Halloween and everything in between, consider throwing a masked party with a holiday theme. Host a Christmas masquerade celebration and encourage guests to don costumes in sparkly red, green, and silver hues. For an October bash, forget the Halloween costumes. Instead, ask everyone to come dressed in elegant orange and black ensembles, then pass out masks upon arrival. Whatever time of year you choose, let the season inspire you.Â

Masquerade Party Decorations

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (3)

Masquerade parties let you get in touch with your glam side. Sequins are always a good idea. Here are a couple of other ways you can set the masquerade mood with your decorations.

Add Glamour

A classic chandelier (or better yet, a candelabra) will add instant sparkle to your party. But if your venue (or budget) isn’t chandelier-level, there’s a simpler way to add some shine. Drape glittery garland around the room, fill your centerpieces with confetti, and go for gold cutlery (even if it’s just plasticware). Little touches like these will set a glam tone without breaking the bank.

(Video) *Masquerade Party Decorations* 18th Birthday Celebration*

Include a Photo Booth

Photo booths are always a draw at any party. If you can’t afford to hire a professional photo booth, it’s easy to set up a DIY version. Just find an empty wall, hang a shimmery backdrop (think sequin fabric or gold streamers), and let people take pics with their own cameras. To make the photos extra fun, add photo booth props to your list of party supplies.Â

Masquerade Ball Food and Drinks

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (4)

Food and drinks are a central part of any party planning, and your masquerade celebration is no exception. Here are some pro tips for hosting a most delectable event.Â

AppetizersÂ

You don’t need a full buffet spread or a sit-down meal for an elegant fête. Finger foods are a fun way to keep the party going since guests won’t have to stop and eat. Put together a few bites that guests can grab as they circulate.Â

For a traditional Venetian masquerade, try a northern Italian dish like creamy cod on toasted polenta. For a Great Gatsby gathering, oysters on the half shell are a great idea while you can scare up some delicious Halloween party food for an All Hallows’ Eve-themed affair.

Main CourseÂ

If you’re having a sit-down meal, let guests know that dinner will be served on your invitations. Again, look to your theme for menu inspiration. For a holiday party, have turkey and cranberry sauce. For a Mardi Gras party, choose Cajun classics. For a black-tie affair, serve an elegant three-course meal.Â

Dessert

Whether you’re serving a full meal or a variety of appetizers, you can’t go wrong with bite-sized desserts. They offer a sweet finish without giving guests an extreme sugar rush. Mini cupcakes, cookies, and other single-serve desserts are always a welcome treat. Even better if they match your party theme.Â

You can also choose a themed-dessert like a king cake for Mardi Gras, Charlotte Russe for a Gatsby party, or a pumpkin pie for the holidays.Â

Drinks

Of course, it’s not a party without a few libations. Be sure to have plenty of bubbly on ice (and sparkling cider for those who want to celebrate alcohol-free). You can also consider themed drinks, such as a Hurricane cocktail for a Mardi Gras soiree or some spiked eggnog for a Christmas masquerade.

(Video) Breaking into a GIANT Masquerade Ball in Disguise at HACKER MANSION! (24 Hours Trapped Overnight)

Masquerade Party InvitationsÂ

Now that you have visions of your party dancing in your head, it’s time to create the guest list and send your invites. Here are a few digital invitations to set the tone for your masked affair.

Masquerade Ball Invitation

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (5)

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This masquerade ball invite features an intricate mask design on a background that looks like black cardstock. Customize the accent color to purple or green (for Mardi Gras), red or gold (for Christmas), or teal (just for fun). You can also work with a designer to customize it even more.Â

Bokeh Masquerade InvitationÂ

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (6)

Design: Claudia Owen

This invite is perfect for a black and gold masquerade. (It’s also available in a gorgeous sapphire tone or black and silver combination.) Customize the script to read “masquerade party,” and your guests will know they’re in for an evening of elegance.Â

(Video) The Ball | Drarry/Harco GCMM BL | The Masquerade Ball Pt 1

Gold Masquerade Invitation

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (7)

Design: Loree Mayer Design

Although this masquerade invite is ready for a bat mitzvah, you can edit the text for an 18th birthday, baby shower, bachelorette party, or even a wedding. The font would look right at home on a 1920s marquee, making this a perfect option for a Gatsby party.Â

Costumes & Cosmos InvitationÂ

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (8)

Design: Robinson Creative House

If you want to forgo the formalities and jump right into the fun, the playful text and illustrated costume pieces on this creative invitation will set a playful mood. The card comes in orange, green, or purple with a neutral background, making it ideal for a Halloween or Mardi Gras themed party.Â

Put On Your Mask and Get Ready to Party

Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas (9)

(Video) Giant HACKER Christmas in Summer MASQUERADE BALL - Rebecca Zamolo

The masquerade party has been a hit since the 16th century. It’s a timeless tradition not only because it’s exciting to dress up and wear masks, but because it can be adapted in so many ways. From birthdays to bridal showers to New Year’s Eve, you can throw a masked ball any time of year — and for any occasion — and it won’t feel out of place.Â

So why not try something out of the ordinary and give your guests an evening of revelry and intrigue? Whatever theme you choose, you’re sure to have a night to remember. For even more party planning tips, feel free to continue browsing our Stationer’s blog.

FAQs

What do I need to throw a masquerade party? ›

help you do just that:
  1. Have a clear OBJECTIVE.
  2. Develop a PLAN.
  3. IDEAS to make your event memorable.
  4. Help people get a MASQUERADE MASK.
  5. Mood setting DECORATIONS.
  6. LIGHTING.
  7. FUND RAISING.
  8. PRIZES.

What is the purpose of a masquerade party? ›

Masquerades include lots of music and dancing. They are used for entertainment purposes, as well as for celebrating rituals, rites of passage, and speaking to the dead, as in the African tradition and cultural heritage. These big, lavish parties always took place in the evening and the environment was that of gaiety.

What is a masquerade theme party? ›

The idea behind a masquerade ball theme is to have everything exude sophistication alongside a strong theatrical presentation. It's common for masquerade parties to use an art deco style with chandeliers, string curtains, candelabras, feathers, lanterns, drapes, and to make use of masks in your props and decorations.

What do you wear at a masquerade party? ›

At a masquerade ball or party, people generally wear formal wear, combined with a face mask. This mask is called a “masquerade mask” and they are available in a number of different styles.

What activities do you do at a masquerade ball? ›

Things to Do for Adults at a Masquerade Ball
  • Scavenger Hunt. Masquerade balls turn up all sorts of fascinating costumes and accessories, particularly if there is a costume theme. ...
  • Promenade. Give a nod to traditions of the past with an old-fashioned promenade at your masquerade ball. ...
  • Dance Lessons. ...
  • Silent Auction.

How do you throw a masquerade? ›

It's All in the Decor: Decorations really set the mood.

Use drapes of silk or velvet to cover up modern household items. Fill glass vases with feathers and beads. Hang masks on walls or create centerpieces with them. Sprinkle glitter and sequins on tables and countertops.

What does a black mask symbolize? ›

“The black surgical mask means you're going to follow the rules and protect other people and yourself, but you're not that precious about it.” Not to mention that in an uncertain time, the black mask has the reliable and comforting effect that wearing all black does.

What is a masquerade person? ›

To masquerade means "to pretend to be someone else." If you masquerade as a sweet, kind-hearted person, you present that image to the world, hiding your true identity as a jerk who has rage issues. As a verb, masquerade can also mean to dress up as someone else, in costume.

How do masquerade masks stay on? ›

Many masks come with a simple elastic band, so that the mask slips over the head and easily remains in place. Another way is by ribbons attached to the sides, tying in a bow at the back of the head. This allows for adjustment in sizing to ensure the wearer is comfortable.

What are the colors for a masquerade party? ›

For your masquerade theme, pick two rich colors such as deep purple and burgundy and use gold or silver as an accent color. Metallic colors work perfectly with any masquerade celebration. Once you've decided on a color theme, purchase balloons, streamers, masquerade masks, and large candles in those colors.

How do you say masquerade ball? ›

Masquerade ball Pronunciation. Mas·quer·ade ball.

What type of music do you play at a masquerade ball? ›

So what do you play at a masquerade ball? Well, if you've attended several of the kind over the last few years, you'll notice that a lot of them have used DJs to play R&B, Hip Hop, and Techno. And they're all totally good choices if you're going for the modern masquerade.

What is masquerade dress code? ›

Traditionally, masquerade balls were elegant and formal affairs so start your costume with whatever you'd normally wear to a black tie event – i.e. a ball gown for women or a tuxedo for men.

Can you wear pants to a masquerade party? ›

Select Formal Attire for Your Masquerade Outfit

Choose your best formal black clothing to create your outfit for the masquerade party; black leggings, slacks, dress pants or jeans, and a black shirt that matches the weather and location of the party.

Can you wear a jumpsuit to a ball? ›

"Jumpsuits and separates can work just as well as tried-and-tested ball gowns with the added bonus that you'll likely get tonnes of wear out of these pieces well beyond the black-tie event circuit."

What type of food do you serve at a masquerade ball? ›

Alluring Appetizers

Grilled mushrooms stuffed with garlic butter, crab puffs or vol au vents, avocado-wrapped in prosciutto, and gourmet cheeses such as Roquefort and Camembert all deliver exquisite flavors. Olives, too, have the sensual quality a masked ball demands.

How did masquerade balls start? ›

Masquerade balls were extended into costumed public festivities in Italy during the 16th century Renaissance. They were generally elaborate dances held for members of the upper classes, and were particularly popular in Venice. They have been associated with the tradition of the Venetian Carnival.

What year did masquerade balls start? ›

Masquerade balls first originated in the 15th century during what is known “Carnival Season.” Carnival is a Christian tradition that originated around the year 1200. This festive season occurred annually during February or early March - immediately before Lent.

Are masquerades still around? ›

Today, masquerades are most commonly seen around Halloween, Mardis Gras, and Carnival in Brazil. Some of the largest masquerade balls still take place in cities like Venice and New Orleans. Though formal dances are no longer part of our culture, men and women still dress in formal attire to these balls.

Who is hosting the masquerade party in Romeo and Juliet? ›

Why do the young people at the party wear masks? Lord Capulet is hosting a masquerade ball. Masques (balls and elaborate plays) were popular in the Elizabethan Era.

What do the colors of masquerade masks mean? ›

White Masquerade Masks show you are virtuous, fertile, clean, and of high status. Good if you would like others to feel you have high aspirations and confidence. Pink Masquerade Masks will show people you are upbeat, in good health and friendly. Blue Masquerade Masks show you are loyal and trustworthy.

What does wearing a red mask mean? ›

Face Mask Color: Red

It's energetic and heart-racing, known for speed, adventure, vigor, and sometimes ire. If you wear a red face mask, you likely want people to notice it. You might consider yourself a statement-maker, or among those that don't want to wear a mask but do it anyway.

What is an example of masquerade? ›

Masquerade is defined as to wear a disguise or pretend to be someone else. An example of to masquerade is wearing a costume. An example of to masquerade is pretending to be a guest at a wedding you're crashing. A costume for such a party or ball.

How do you use the word masquerade in a sentence? ›

How to use Masquerade in a sentence
  1. She dyed her hair pink to masquerade her grey strands. ...
  2. They all wore masks for the masquerade party. ...
  3. He wanted to masquerade his feelings for the woman. ...
  4. She told everyone she was out of town during the week to masquerade that she was unemployed.

Does the word mask come from masquerade? ›

The noun is borrowed from Middle French mascarade, masquarade, masquerade (modern French mascarade (“masquerade, masque; farce”)), and its etymon Italian mascherata (“masquerade”), from maschera (“mask”) + -ata. Maschera is derived from Medieval Latin masca (“mask”): see further there.

How do you wear glasses with a masquerade mask? ›

With almost any eye mask you can attach pieces of foam to its inside so it sits away from your face leaving room for your glasses. Once you get the foam in a comfortable position, you can attach the foam to the mask using a good strong glue (Bostik is good for this) or double-sided tape.

What are the types of masquerade? ›

There are two basic types of masquerades, visible and invisible.

When were masquerade masks used? ›

The tradition of the mask started in the 13th century when Venetians would hold celebrations and parties from December 26th until the start of Lent and wear elaborate masks to conceal their identity. These parties were the only time when the lower and upper classes mingled together.

What are the colors for a masquerade party? ›

For your masquerade theme, pick two rich colors such as deep purple and burgundy and use gold or silver as an accent color. Metallic colors work perfectly with any masquerade celebration. Once you've decided on a color theme, purchase balloons, streamers, masquerade masks, and large candles in those colors.

How do you say masquerade ball? ›

Masquerade ball Pronunciation. Mas·quer·ade ball.

What year did masquerade balls start? ›

Masquerade balls first originated in the 15th century during what is known “Carnival Season.” Carnival is a Christian tradition that originated around the year 1200. This festive season occurred annually during February or early March - immediately before Lent.

What kind of food is served at a masquerade ball? ›

Alluring Appetizers

Grilled mushrooms stuffed with garlic butter, crab puffs or vol au vents, avocado-wrapped in prosciutto, and gourmet cheeses such as Roquefort and Camembert all deliver exquisite flavors. Olives, too, have the sensual quality a masked ball demands.

What does a black mask symbolize? ›

“The black surgical mask means you're going to follow the rules and protect other people and yourself, but you're not that precious about it.” Not to mention that in an uncertain time, the black mask has the reliable and comforting effect that wearing all black does.

How do you use the word masquerade in a sentence? ›

Examples of masquerade in a Sentence

Noun She could not keep up the masquerade any longer. although she was deeply bored, she maintained a masquerade of polite interest as her guest droned on Verb He was masquerading under a false name.

Is masquerading a word? ›

verb (used without object), mas·quer·ad·ed, mas·quer·ad·ing. to go about under false pretenses or a false character; assume the character of; give oneself out to be: to masquerade as a former Russian count. to disguise oneself.

How do you spell masquerade party? ›

masquerade noun (PARTY)

Videos

1. Giant AMONG US in Real Life but at a MASQUERADE BALL! Rebecca Zamolo
(Rebecca Zamolo)
2. Sneaking Into VAMPIRE Masquerade Ball In Real Life - Rebecca Zamolo
(Rebecca Zamolo)
3. The Shining Bar Scene
(THESSALONIAN31N)
4. Giant Masquerade Ball at Hacker Mansion to Win $10,000! (Game Master Challenge) | Rebecca Zamolo
(Rebecca Zamolo)
5. GiANT CLUE GAME in Real Life to Win $10,000! (Game Master vs Hacker Battle Royale) Rebecca Zamolo
(Rebecca Zamolo)
6. Giant Clue Game in Real Life Part 2! (House Takeover to Save RZ Twin) | Rebecca Zamolo
(Rebecca Zamolo)

Top Articles

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Ms. Lucile Johns

Last Updated: 12/31/2022

Views: 6488

Rating: 4 / 5 (61 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Ms. Lucile Johns

Birthday: 1999-11-16

Address: Suite 237 56046 Walsh Coves, West Enid, VT 46557

Phone: +59115435987187

Job: Education Supervisor

Hobby: Genealogy, Stone skipping, Skydiving, Nordic skating, Couponing, Coloring, Gardening

Introduction: My name is Ms. Lucile Johns, I am a successful, friendly, friendly, homely, adventurous, handsome, delightful person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.