We love a masquerade themed party, and we had our motley crew out at a fab bash at Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton earlier this month. Here are our hints and tips for a brilliant masked ball.
SET THE TONE
Make sure there's background music playing as guests arrive - it doesn't matter how much champagne you ply them with, if there's no atmosphere upon arrival then they will sober up very quickly!
OFFER A FREEBIE
Whether it's a glass of Prosecco being served by one of our LED roaming table girls, or a masked entertainer handing out free masks for those who thought they could escape the theme - make sure your guests are welcomed as soon as they arrive.
CREATE A TALKING POINT
Our giant martini glass prop made for an amazing ice breaker at our recent bash, but masked fire performers work brilliantly with the Venetian theme, as do masked stilt walkers and even our interactive photo frames which our hosts wander around with, encouraging guests to pose for a photo. These solutions offer a talking point that relaxes your partygoers, and distracts them from any early evening awkwardness before the party gets going.
GET THE DECOR RIGHT
Are you going for traditional Venetian golds and reds and luxury? Or a more contemporary futuristic look that Gaga herself would feel at home in? Either way, pick your colour scheme and stick with it, to ensure the theme runs throughout.
KEEP YOUR GUESTS ENTERTAINED
Perhaps you need a masked contortionist or hand balancer to kick off the party section of the night, or a team of masquerade dancers to round up the guests and getting them boogying on the dancefloor. Either way, make sure there's a spectacle which clearly underlines your drinks reception or meal, and signifies the get-up-dance section of the evening.