"The Phantom of the Opera" was written in 1911 by Gaston Leroux, but it was not well received until a Universal Pictures researcher stumbled upon it and brought it to the silver screen in 1925. Over the years, "The Phantom of the Opera" has made appearances around the world on stage and screen and has grown even more popular. You can bring this story to life for a 60th birthday party. For this milestone, a lavish affair is a must. Use "The Phantom of the Opera" to inspire the party's invitations, music, decorations and food.
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Create invitations inspired by "The Phantom of the Opera." Use white craft paper folded in half to cut out masquerade mask shapes. On the outside you can write "You're invited..." and then on the inside include the party information. Encourage guests to decorate the invitation to use as masks for the party.
Music and Dancing
Play the "Phantom" soundtrack before dinner as guests arrive and mingle. Continue the music through dinner. Later guests can be invited to dance to music from the Victorian era. Charles Edward Horn, Liza Lehmann and John Liptrot Hatton were popular singers and composers during this period. You may even consider having a dance instructor lead the group through popular dances from this era.
Hang heavy velvet fabrics in rich colours to transport your guests back in time. Use candles for lighting. Scatter rose petals through the venue. Use fake rose petals so they don't stain carpeting or clothing. Use white masquerade masks as the centrepieces.
Plan a French-inspired menu. Crepes, Brie, croissants, French bread and little fruit tarts are a few examples. Serve French wine. The cake can be in the shape of a large rose or made to look like sheet music with a special birthday message to the person of honour.
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