A masquerade ball should be magical from start to finish. With roots dating back to the 16th century, they became hugely popular in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe, providing a glamorous place where the rich and the poor could socialise together without having to conform to strict societal etiquette expectations.
Are you picturing the scene in Romeo + Juliette with a beautiful young Leo peering through the fish tank looking towards his lovely Juliette? Yep, us too.
Although we can’t promise you a Hollywood heartthrob, we can give you some tips & tricks to perfecting the masquerade ball and making it a night to remember.
A Story-Telling Setting
When it comes to choosing a venue, opt for an elegant space with character. High ceilings, extravagant fixtures and opulence are key if you want to make a scene that resembles old-school glamour, perfect for a masquerade ball. Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party or a corporate event party in Melbourne, Baroq House is a prestige three story event space, offering a sense of grandeur as soon as you step through the mansion doors. Nestled within a 19th century cobblestoned laneway, where else would you host a masquerade ball?
Set the Scene
Since it’s all about telling a story, make sure that you decorate the venue appropriately. From lavish candelabras in rich golds and browns, to picking a colour theme with feathered and beaded décor, too much is never enough when it comes to this theme. If Use hanging traditional Venetian style mask around the room or create unique centerpieces if you’re hosting the event in your home and on a slightly smaller budget. Want to go all out? Our event coordinators can make your masquerade dreams a reality.
When it comes to picking a theme, keep it simple and sleek so that guests have the choice to choose any style mask. We recommend sticking to a cocktail style formal dress code instead of going for a dated costume party vibe (and the girls get to choose a dress that they’ll actually wear again!). Better yet, this forces your guests to get even more creative with their masks. More is more after all.
Enhance the Revelry
Masquerade balls naturally create an air of mystery and secrecy, which is part of the fun. Nailing your dinners and drinks menu, along with some stand-out entertain will truly add to the whole ambiance of the evening. Don’t lower the tone with burgers and chips, instead, enhance the magic with feasts of delicious canapes and finger foods – after all, we’re talking about a ball, darlings! Consider a live band or stream some classical music and cool remixes throughout the evening for a modern take on a traditional theme.
If you’re looking to host a themed corporate cocktail event, a birthday party or you’re simply looking for end of financial year party ideas in Melbourne, the team at Baroq House have got you covered. Give us a ring on (03) 8199 3735 or fill out an online form to get your party started.