How to Throw a Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball Planning Guide

Creating a night of mystery and fun is easy with a masquerade ball themed party. A masquerade ball is the perfect theme for any Prom, Homecoming, Mardi Gras Party, New Years Eve, Wedding or Sweet 16 birthday celebration. A Masquerade ball is a great excuse to dress up, the fancier the better, and simply add a masquerade mask to your formal wear to create an atmosphere of mystery and magic.


Start the event off right with invitations, get your husband or do it yourself, to dress up in a Mardi Gras jester costume, and personally deliver the invitations to all your guests. This will get them excited for the party and will let them know the theme right off the bat. Another great option is to buy some cheap plastic masks and write on them with a permanent marker, the time and date of the party. Don’t forget that if you aren’t going to provide the masks that you need to let your guests know that on the invitations. A fun line on the invitation saying something like “Add to the mystery of the night with your own Masquerade mask” or “get your mask at the door for a mysterious evening”. Either way be sure to let your guests know so they come prepared, with our great selection of masquerade mask every guest can have a unique mask for your party.


Setting the mood at your masquerade party is very important. You want it to be dark and mysterious, so don’t use a lot of bright colors. Using black as the primary decorating color is the best way to set this mood. After have chosen the primary black items, choose a secondary color to accent. silver or gold are great for prom, homecoming or even a wedding and pink works great for a sweet 16 party. A balloon arch is a great way to start the night off so be sure to have plenty of balloons right at your entrance. For additional decorating, spread metallic confetti all over the floor to make the floor sparkle.


Be sure everyone has a mask for your Masquerade ball. Even if you are planning on having your guests purchase their own masks, it is a good idea to have several extra masquerade mask for the guests who forget. Be creative with your spare masks, have your forgetful guests masks be jester masks or pirate masks so everyone knows that they forgot. Besides the masquerade masks it is important to let everyone know that the party is formal so that they come dressed up. Everyone has an old homecoming dress or a suit that they haven’t worn in forever so this shouldn’t cost any of your guests too much time or money.


Planning the meal for your guests can be easy or very difficult depending on how detailed you want to get. The simplest way to have food for your guests is to set out finger foods such as cheeses and meats. This is very simple and virtually impossible to mess up. If you want to stay with the masquerade theme go all out though and serve a formal meal. Many hotels and banquet centers will already have all the food options and employees to make this possible. And if you plan things correctly a lot of places will even keep their servers in costume too, however you will likely need to purchase masks for the servers, so get all the servers a great half masks. Our selection of half masks are easy to see through and stay on with very little effort.


If you are planning on providing masks for all your guests, get a great variety of feather masks, pirate masks, Venetian masks, stick masks, jester masks, and regular half masks and have them at the front door on a first come first serve basis. Other great items to have for your guests would be feather boas, top hats and tiaras. These items add an extra flair to everyone costumes that they may not have thought of on their own. A great favor for your guests to take away at the end of the night would be a photograph of themselves all dressed up. Hiring a photographer or renting a photo booth are both great ways to give your guests this great token of appreciation.


At a formal masquerade ball music is a must. If you are having a formal ball a DJ or a band is the best way to go about this. Everyone is a little embarrassed to dance so remind them that no one will know who they are because they have their face hidden behind a masquerade mask.

Now you know everything you need to know to start setting up your own Masquerade ball, be sure to plan everything out and order your supplies far enough in advance so you don’t have to worry about them last minute. This gives you plenty of time to get everything together. And since we offer express shipping, you can even plan for the last minute guests.
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