Masquerade balls, first noted in Italy during the 15th-century Renaissance, were festive events that allowed upper-class citizens to come together and dance in costume. Masquerade parties in this day and age have been transformed into rave-like parties at which young partygoers engage in dancing and drinking. Decorating for masquerade parties can be fairly easy and quite fun. Make sure to stay inside your budget and keep the decorations tasteful.
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- Masquerade masks
Decorate the invitations. Send the invitees colourful, decorative and elegant invitations that embody the theme of a masquerade ball. Each invitation should have 15th-century style and font inside and should address the invitee in an elegant tone.
Order masquerade masks. Allow for each guest who comes in to have a mask if they don't already have one. Make sure to buy a variety of masks so that everyone isn't wearing similar masks. Buy lace masks, colourful masks, masks with feathers and stylish masks.
Make use of candles and purchase ones that create the aura of a 15th-century setting. It may help to purchase candelabra, which are massive candleholders that come in golden or brownish colours. These candles could really set the mood for a historical-looking theme. Make sure the lights are dimmed and allow only the candles to light the room.
Purchase some 15th-century-looking furniture for the guests' comfort. These furnishings will bring to life the 15th-century Italian masquerade aura. Add a few elegant throw pillows to the couches to add some flair. Make sure that the pillows match the couch and the rest of the theme of the masquerade party.
Use elegant drapery to put all over the place. Use a colour scheme such as red and black or gold and black. The drapery can add the finishing touches to the party room. To set the mood, you could also place the drapery over household items such as the television, tables and other modern items.
Serve Italian dishes. Since the masquerade balls started in Italy, serving Italian dishes would probably make the party feel like a real masquerade ball. Serving sparkling cider and small Italian finger foods.
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