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Masquerade Party Ideas: Decorations, Food, & Games

Updated on April 16, 2014
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Put the “mask” in masquerade by throwing a masquerade party! Everyone will have a wonderful time at this colorful celebration!

Whether it’s for a birthday or “just because,” this is a party that will have everyone on their feet!

If you need a few masquerade party ideas, you’ll be full of them by the time you reach the end of this.

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Invitations

Before any party, you need to send out invitations! This is the type of party that you should avoid using Facebook event invites for as there is just way too many cute invitation ideas out there!

Any party store is likely to carry invitations that correspond to your theme but if you really want to give a good impression, order custom invites online.

You may be thinking that custom invites are too expensive, but this can’t be farther from the truth! They can be just as cheap and even cheaper than buying invitations from the store. These invites from BellaLuElla on Etsy are nothing short of beautiful and classy, and will not break the bank!

Decorations

In order to have a successful masquerade party, it needs to feel like a masquerade.

To achieve the masquerade feel, you will certainly need to find some inspiration in mardi gras. Using the traditional colors of gold, green and purple is a great way to do this! Of course, you can use any colors you’d like, but these are the colors that everyone associates with Mardi Gras and masquerades.

Work your color scheme into all of your decorations and tableware. Speaking of decorations, you need some more masquerade party ideas? Here you go!

  • Backdrop: This is a terrific decoration to cover space on an empty wall and works very well behind a beverage or food table. Cheap, easy, and as colorful as you want!

  • Masks: You just cannot have a masquerade without masks. Make or order large masks to be suspended from high ceilings, or to cover large wall spaces.

  • Balloon arch: Every masquerade needs an amazing entryway, and a balloon arch adorned with coordinating masks will certainly establish this and more!

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Food

Every good party needs good food. Let’s face it; one of the main reasons someone goes to a party is for the food. Masquerade masks typically only cover the eyes, which will not hide looks of disappointment if they see a horrible food table!

  • Maskcakes: Okay, these are really just your favorite cupcakes dressed up like the rest of the party. But seriously, who doesn’t love cupcakes?

  • Mardi-dogs: You can use pigs in blankets or regular hot dogs, just make them pretty! Give them each a mask, will ya?

  • Sushi gras: On silver plastic spoons, make bite-sized sushi to go on each one, making sure to add some purple and green somewhere either on the food, or as decoration on the spoons. Organize them neatly on a platter.

  • Masquerade punch: Who needs Gatorade when you can have masquerade punch? Take your favorite punch, preferably matching your color theme, mix it with sprite, and add a splash or two (or ten) of your favorite hard liquor! Be sure to use clear glasses and drop a mini glow stick into the bottom of each one.

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Games

No matter how old you get, party games never get old; the prizes just get better! For prizes, consider cash prizes, gift cards, bottles of wine or liquor, a really nice mask, and so on.

Here’s a few “grown up” masquerade party ideas:

  • Costume contest: Some people are going to go all out, there’s no doubt about it! Why not give the chance of an awesome prize by having a costume contest?

  • Raffle: Okay, you know you can probably use a little help with the cost of the party, and having a raffle can really help offset those costs while giving everyone a chance to win something cool!

  • Beer pong tournament: Bring back your fraternity and sorority days by having a beer pong tournament. Don’t like beer? No problem! Use a delicious mix drink, instead!

Favors

Before you think about parting ways with your party guests, you need to hand out party favors. Handing out something sweet that is themed with the party is always a win!

If you want everyone to always have something to remember the party by, hand out masks or picture frames. Don’t forget to verbally thank them for coming!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Great ideas, nice hub. I love masquerade parties myself, I love costumes and Mardi Gras and Halloween balls and all manner of costumed celebrations, lol. Thanks for sharing, a lot of useful information here!