A night in disguise. Turning 40 is a BIG deal! For our sister Shruthi’s 40th, we wanted to plan an extra special party to welcome her into the new decade. She requested a simple but elegant. After several weeks of brainstorming, we came up with a Masquerade Ball. Our Masquerade Ball ideas were sophisticated and chic. Historically, masquerade balls were extravagant gala events hosted by European aristocrats and royalty. Who wouldn’t want to feel like royalty at their birthday party? We are excited to share our Masquerade Ball ideas with you.
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Invitation
Mask me anything. For milestone birthdays, we recommend mailing invitations. We love Bonnie Marcus’ fashionable paper. We used her masquerade invitations– they fit Shruthi’s chic style and our theme perfectly. This invitation even inspired the plum, black and silver color palette for the party.
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Decorations
Mask but not least. We hosted the masquerade ball at our sister’s country club in West Orange. We wanted to get every detail right for the party. Since the club did not carry linens that matched our color scheme, we went to A Party Center in Fairfield for our textured silver table cloths and plum napkins.
One mask hurrah. We wanted all the decorations to be elegant for a regal ball. Bartlett’s Greenhouses & Florist created our stunning table arrangements with lilac roses, purple orchids and violet ostrich feathers in cylinders filled with purple gems and LED lights. Bright purple votive candles surrounded each arrangement.
Mask and you shall receive. We designated each table with a different mask illustration instead of the traditional table numbers or names.
Don’t mask, don’t tell. Each place setting featured a purple napkin with a Venetian chocolate mask favor from Candy Cottage. These silver and plum beaded masks matched our theme perfectly. They were milk and dark chocolate, and tasted fabulous too.
The mask of least resistance. Kanchana created a whimsical 18×24 inch masquerade seating chart featuring a plum and silver harlequin pattern.
The welcome table featured several pictures of Shruthi from childhood to adulthood, a guest signing book and another beautiful floral arrangement.
One mask time. The cocktail tables were adorned with simpler lilac rose bouquets and miniature silver and black Venetian masks.
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Food
The Mask Supper. The food was divine. We served passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour:
Hors d’oeuvres included:
- Moroccan Lamb Kabobs
- Chicken Tikka Masala Satay
- Mini Crab Cakes & Tartar Sauce
- Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chile Sauce
- Raspberry & Brie in Filo
Dinner was served buffet style.
For dinner we served:
- Fuji Apple & Granola Kale Salad: Tuscan Kale, Roasted Apples, Granola, Goat Cheese and Maple-Dijon Dressing
- Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato with Basil and Balsamic Reduction
- Penne Alla Vodka with Peas and Pancetta
- Red Snapper Fillet, Jasmine Rice, Baby Bok Choy, Thai Coconut and Red Curry Sauce
- Veal Saltimbocca: Veal Medallions topped with Fresh Sage, Prosciutto & Asiago and Chardonnay Cream Sauce
- Assorted Marinated Grilled Vegetables
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Cake
Cake my day. Mother Mousse created our gorgeous 2 tier cake topped with 3 beautiful fondant Venetian masks. We found a design online and then sent that over as inspiration along with our color palette. Every detail on this cake was perfection. Seriously, it was almost too pretty to eat.
Cake me away. Trust us, this vanilla cake with white and chocolate mousse was DELICIOUS. We were disappointed that we didn’t have much leftover cake to enjoy the next day!
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Masks
Thanks for masking. Guests were asked to wear a mask – this is the most IMPORTANT part of a masquerade ball!
We recommend having some extra masks for the guests that forgot or misplaced one. Etsy is a excellent place to find Venetian masks.
Doesn’t everyone look fantastic?
Masquerade Ball Ideas: Photo Booth Props
Blessing in disguise. Every party needs photo booth props. We usually order our props from Big Dot of Happiness.
Don’t mask, don’t tell. You can customize the color palette on Etsy, but they are also available on Amazon. We order from both (Amazon is usually cheaper, but you can’t customize).
Mask game on point. Our photographer, Jess, photographed the guests holding our whimsical 40th birthday Photo Booth props.
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Speeches
I’ll have the mask laugh. Family and close friends shared a few fun stories about the birthday girl.
Remember to keep speeches SHORT and FUNNY! We had a lot of great laughs from our brother-in-law, Shruthi’s friends and us, of course.
Masquerade Ball Ideas: The Music
Guests danced all night to DJ Zap Music.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. Happy Birthday Shruthi and cheers to a wonderful year ahead!
Dance through the masquerade of life without wearing a mask, for being yourself is the most beautiful thing.Anonymous