A fun idea for a party theme is a masquerade ball. I threw this one just before Halloween in 2011, and it was a blast. I chose a colour scheme of red, black, silver, gold and white, and guests were asked to come in fancy clothes and a mask. The sweet table was set up in a corner and included a candy buffet, and various cakes and cupcakes (not yet pictured at left, as this was taken pre-party), all fitting within the colour scheme. The space was further decorated with black candelabras & bleeding candles, red and gold helium-filled balloons, and table cloths in red and white.
In order to transform the space and carry the theme throughout the location, decor elements were added to every place a guest would cast their eyes. The main table was set up with a white table cloth and red runner. Candle holders were made out of wine bottles (with more bleeding candles) – and the bookcase behind was adorned with some feather boas, skulls and creepy cheesecloth, along with some extra masks we picked up at the dollar store for decorative purposes – and also for any guests who forgot to bring a mask.
Over by the bar, I took some bottles that we bought at the dollar store and made our own paper labels for them. I filled each up with a different type of alcohol or mix (tonic water, vodka, cranberry juice and rum, I believe) – and these were set up on display, so that guests could either serve themselves or be served with other drinks behind the bar.
To set up a photobooth, I chose a section of wall with nothing else going on. I draped a white sheet over a curtain rod, and added some black cheesecloth over top. A camera was set up on a tripod, a few feet away. This could either be triggered by a remote, or by someone stepping behind the camera to frame the shot. A photobooth is such a fun addition to a party, because people will act differently in front of a camera, and you will get some excellent photos and memories of your party!
I posed the question on Facebook the other day and would love to continue the discussion: In your opinion, what is the most important part of a party? Please feel free to answer here, or over on facebook!