Plan a School formal with a difference – A Masquerade Ball
March 24th, 2016 by admin
There’s always a lot of anticipation and excitement in the lead up to your school formal. But you can take the excitement to a whole new level by adding a theme. Masquerade themed school formals are popular because of their flexibility, elegance and touch of mystery.
Go back in time
The first masquerade balls date back to the beginning of the Renaissance period in Venice, Italy. Use this as the inspiration for the décor at your school formal. Include flickering candles and candelabras as table centrepieces or make an entrance through a floral topiary trimmed with fairy lights.
For entertainment, you could consider including a group dance lesson on how to waltz. You might even play a little classical music at the beginning of the formal to set the historical scene.
What to wear: Renaissance masks are elegant and often include gold or silver trims. Some styles of Renaissance mask are mounted to handles and simply held to the face rather than worn.
Make it a Rio Carnival!
The world’s largest masquerade party happens every February in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Take inspiration from this vibrant event by decorating the room with lots of bright colours such as purples, bright pinks, golds and greens.
Scatter glitter or sequins on the tables and consider playing salsa music on arrival to set the Carnival mood. For extra fun, hold a group salsa lesson to get your classmates on the dancefloor
What to wear: Carnival masks are always colourful and often include feathers. Popular masks depict birds, native head dresses and mythical creatures.
Hold a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras
A Mardi Gras masquerade formal maintains the colour and vitality of a Rio Carnival theme but is traditionally more relaxed than other types of masquerade parties. It also gives you the flexibility to ask attendees to wear costumes rather than formalwear.
To create a festive mood, decorate the room with hanging masks, large artificial blooms trimmed with glitter and giant strings of beads. Play lots of jazz music throughout the evening to add a New Orleans vibe.
What to wear: When it comes to a New Orleans Mardi Gras mask, think lots of bling, glitter, sparkles and beads. Nothing is too flamboyant or bright for this colourful masquerade theme.
Planning your school formal?
Whether it’s elegant, casual or themed, WatervieW in Bicentennial Park has the expertise to help you create a memorable School Formal. Enquire online or call 02 9764 9900.