"Phantom of the Opera" Decorating Ideas

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"Phantom of the Opera" Decorating Ideas
Decorating with plenty of masquerade masks is appropriate for invoking the masquerade sequence of the musical. (mask image by Lovrencg from Fotolia.com)

While many know "The Phantom of the Opera" as one of the longest running musicals in the history of Broadway, Gaston Leroux, a French writer, created it initially as a novel in 1911. Andrew Lloyd Weber later adapted it into the famous musical that it is today. Decorating a party with this distinctive theme is a wise choice as it sets a dramatic tone for any event.

Velvet Curtains

Transform the venue that will host your party into something that strongly resembles an opera house. Purchase or rent proper, thick burgundy velvet curtains, preferably a kind that have gold cording or tassels along their edges. This will instantly make your room seem more dramatic and more reminiscent of the inside of a grand theatre.

Candles and Candelabra

Since the story is set in the later 1800s in France, an abundance of candles and candelabra is a historically accurate detail. Avoid electric light if at all possible and if you feel that you can use real flames safely. The candles will give the venue a soft, mysterious glow and more importantly, help the venue resemble the famous set of Phantom of the Opera. If you're not comfortable with real candles, use battery-powered candles made of a substance that resembles wax and that look like they have real flames.

Iconic Display

The most famous image associated with "The Phantom of the Opera" is the half-mask that the phantom wears against a black background, with a single red rose. Recreate this in a display right by your entryway to the party so that guests see it the moment they enter. Take a small accent table and cover it completely with black velvet. Place a replica of the phantom's famous mask in the centre with a single red rose.

Finishing Touches

Purchase a variety of masquerade masks such as the kind worn during traditional masked balls and similar to the kind the chorus players wear in "The Phantom of the Opera." Hang the masks at various areas of the room for atmospheric effects. If possible, borrow a grand piano for one corner of the room and lay a single red rose upon the keys. To truly make your party even theatrical, rent a professional fog-making machine, the kind used on movie sets. This will give the entire room a ghostly, theatrical touch.

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