If you're considering throwing a party based on a musical, consider a "Phantom of the Opera" theme. The show's dramatic colours and spectacle, masquerade theme and haunting environment provide for many invitation and decor options. To add a costume element, assign a character from the play to each guest in the invitation, or simply ask that everyone come in a character costume or masquerade outfit.
Use "Phantom of the Opera" playbills, tickets, posters and other memorabilia for decor. For place settings, print replica tickets on card stock or on ticket stock, if available. Hang "Phantom" posters around the room, and create a centrepiece by adding small, framed production or press photos to the guests' tables. Play music from the soundtrack as guests arrive.
A key dramatic element in "Phantom" is a chandelier collapsing above the audience. Though you need not re-enact the collapse, chandeliers add to the environment. Decide whether you'd like one large chandelier, as in the musical, or one fixture over each table. To cut down on expenses, look for party chandeliers made from plastic, or make your own by stringing white Christmas lights through a bunch of branches suspended from above.
Provide masquerade masks as party favours as an homage to the title song of the "Phantom" production. Cut masks out of paper plates or sturdy cardboard. Attach a craft stick for the handle with a hot glue gun. For women's masks, decorate with fabric, buttons, ribbons, feathers and glitter. For the men, re-create the Phantom's plain, white half-face mask. Deposit masks in large containers at the entrance to your party room or place them at the table settings. You might also make extra masks to cluster together with flowers for an eye-catching centrepiece.
For colours and textures, incorporate gold, black, purple, red and other rich colours. Such colours nod to the "Phantom" musical's focus on spectacle. They also create a dramatic setting for the glamorous and eerie world of the show. Consider using black dahlias and dark-coloured roses with gold tablecloths or runners. Tie bouquets with thick, black silk or velvet bows for more contrast.
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