Red Masquerade Theme Wedding
photographer: Belathée Photography | planner: Daughter of Design | design & floral: L'Atelier Rouge | venue: Angel Orensanz
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11 Masquerade Theme Party Ideas to Spark Intrigue

Red Masquerade Theme Wedding

For centuries, masquerade balls have dazzled guests with glamorous costuming and décor. While this elegant affair may have originated during Carnival season in the 15th century, masquerade theme parties are as popular as ever. Today, you’ll find everything from traditional masked balls to masquerade-themed kids’ birthday parties.

With PartySlate, planning a luxe masquerade ball has never been easier. We’ve searched through our favorite masked celebrations and narrowed down the most essential elements. You’ll find wow-worthy inspiration, from ornate venues to magical entertainment acts, plus the talented vendors who brought each event to life. It’s time to don a disguise and celebrate in style. 

Luminous Masquerade Ball at Gotham Hall in New York, NY
photographer: Natural Expressions NY/Florida Photography & Cinematography | venue: Gotham Hall | lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, Inc.

New York, NY

A great party starts with a great venue. Gotham Hall was the perfect venue for this glamorous masquerade ball. Soaring ceilings and an opulent stained glass skylight, amplified by dramatic purple uplighting, set the scene for a luxe celebration.

Black and White Masquerade invitations with party favor
photographer: Rachael Spiegel Photography | planner, décor & invitations: Innovative Party Planners | venue: Aix La Chapelle Farm

Poolesville, MD

Invitations set the tone for any celebration. We love how this masquerade-themed Bat Mitzvah party, planned by Innovative Party Planners, began with custom invitation boxes. Guests received a thoughtful party favor that perfectly matched the celebration’s black and white color palette.

Venetian Masquerade Corporate Holiday Party at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
photographer: Show Ready Photo | planner: All Set Events | floral: Michelle Lywood | venue: The Regency Center |rentals: Standard Event Rentals | caterer: Foxtail Catering & Events | entertainment: Lucky Devils Band

San Francisco, CA

Transport your guests to a magical space from the moment they walk through the doors. This Venetian masquerade-themed party wowed guests with costumed greeters. From there, guests enjoyed riveting entertainment by Lucky Devils Band as well as passed bites from masked servers — thanks to Foxtail Catering & Events

Red Masquerade Wedding at Angel Orensanz in New York, NY
photographer: Belathée Photography | planner: Daughter of Design | design: L’Atelier Rouge | venue: Angel Orensanz

New York, NY

Make sure to add lighting to your list of essential décor elements. Daughter of Design perfected this glamorous aesthetic with dramatic (and ever shifting) event lighting. Other moody details at this masquerade-themed wedding included lavish rose décor, glam fairy lighting, and luxe velvet seating. 

Corporate Masquerade Extravaganza
photographer: Kohl Murdock | planner: Rockit Ranch Productions | décor: KEHOE DESIGNS | venue: The Underground | rentals: Marquee Event Rentals

Chicago, IL

Of course, lighting includes plenty of candlelight. KEHOE DESIGNS, with the help of Marquee Event Rentals, created an elevated look for this corporate masquerade gathering. Romantic candlelight lined this industrial entryway. Once inside, guests enjoyed everything from naked violinists to glittering chandeliers decorated with Venetian masks.

Black-Tie Masquerade Awards Gala Washington DC Area
photographer: Ana Isabel Photography | planner: Perfect Planning Events | floral: Nature of Design | venue: Crystal Gateway Marriott

Arlington, VA

Centerpieces are the focal point of any reception table, so make sure yours pop. This black-tie masquerade awards gala, planned by Perfect Planning Events, kept the theme front and center with custom-print masked centerpieces, menus, and table numbers. White floral décor by Nature of Design added a touch of elegance.

Ava's Magical Masquerade Birthday
photo courtesy of & design: Yanni Design Studio | venue: Petergof Banquet Hall

Northbrook, IL

Even a child’s birthday party can become a luxe affair with the addition of iridescent peacock feathers. Yanni Design Studio used lavish feather décor and lush orchids to elevate this birthday party. We love how they continued the feather motif at each tablescape with feathery centerpieces in bold jewel tones.

photo courtesy of, planner & caterer: Foxtail Catering & Events | floral: Wild Club | venue: The Green Room War Memorial | rentals: Standard Event Rentals | beverage: Tonic Beverage Catering

San Francisco, CA

Extend your masquerade party theme to your customized menu. Foxtail Catering & Events wowed guests at this Venetian masked ball with American sturgeon caviar, crème fraiche, and chive blossom on edible spoons made from buttery crackers. Foxtail also featured “a carved jamon station with an abundance of farmers’ market fruits, mustards, quince paste, and briny olives.” 

Tonic Beverage Catering was on hand with elevated sips while Standard Event Rentals kept the party picture-perfect with gold furnishings.

Golden crowned cake at masked ball celebration.
photographer: Live Picture Studios | design & floral: Adam Leffel Productions | venue: The Venetian NJ | cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

Garfield, NJ

End the night with a sweet treat that defies expectations. This geometric cake with tiers of lush roses, designed by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, has us reaching for our cameras. We especially appreciate how it complements the surrounding white floral décor and gold accents by Adam Leffel Productions.

Grand Masquerade Ball at Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL
photographer & event agency: Magnificent Events | venue: The Westin Chicago Lombard

Lombard, IL

Give your guests something to post about with a curated photo op. This French-inspired masquerade ball, planned by Magnificent Events, invites guests to pose against a backdrop of moody drapery, mysterious theater masks, and a miniature carousel horse.

Glamorous Holiday Party at Aria in Minneapolis, Minnesota
photographer: lauren b. photography | venue: Aria | entertainment: Rmax Goodwin – Magician & Mentalist

Minneapolis, MN

A masquerade-themed party allows guests to take on new identities. Such a mysterious setting calls for equally mysterious entertainment acts. This glam holiday party featured just such an act with Rmax Goodwin – Magician & Mentalist. Masked violinists and servers dressed in Champagne table skirts were just as riveting.

People Also Ask…

Where can I find a venue for my masked ball?

Use PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find the best event venues near you. Use the filters to narrow your search by location, venue type, guest count, and more. 

Make sure to click into your preferred venue’s PartySlate profile to see real events hosted on-site and learn more about their amenities and services. You can also head to PartySlate’s Best-of directory and discover our top venue lists by city. Just use the filters to narrow your search by location and event type.

Where can I find vetted vendors for my masquerade party?

PartySlate is your go-to resource for the most established party vendors in the industry. Use the vendor directory to search for talented event professionals who can bring your party theme to life.

Check out their PartySlate profile to see real examples of their work. If you think they might be a good fit, you can reach out directly from their profile page.