Thanks for helping us choose a theme for one of our Halloween photo shoots! After tallying your votes on our six haunted fairy tale mood boards via Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, the winner is the Magical Masquerade Ball! We’ve given you all the ideas you need to make this mood board a reality. Trade in the costumes for a chic twist on a Halloween party and invite guests to get decked out for a hauntingly glamorous and whimsical masquerade ball.
Throw this ball on your rooftop or in your backyard with twinkling lights. We made a faux dance floor by using a 53″ seamless backdrop roll and gold Mylar tape (available at camera stores or online). We also used a portable backdrop stand (available online), velvet curtains, a roll of chiffon, and gold metal decorations to create a photo booth!
We mixed in masks, tiny gold plastic glass slippers, pumpkins, and mice to go with our theme. And we added white spider webbing and creepy crawlers to give it that haunted fairy tale feel.
Decor also included candles, gold skulls, and old books bound together with twine.
Set out masks for guests to choose from and use as fun props for a photo op.
For dessert, guests were advised to “take a treat before the clock strikes midnight.”
There are no tricks here, just treats, including white and blue gumballs, vanilla meringues, coconut macaroons, and mask-shaped cookies by Fashion and Fondant.
We spray-painted pumpkins white and sprinkled white glitter on them, as well as spray-painted mice and tiny plastic slippers gold, adding some sparkle to them too.
Lay out a spread of cocktails for your guests. We chose a Champagne cocktail, a hard alcohol cocktail, and beer for the Prince Charmings.
Check out the recipe for this classy blue Glass Slipper cocktail.
A festive pumpkin ale makes a perfect counterpoint to the sweeter cocktails. We also added some dry ice to our beverage tub to add a spooky smoking effect. Tip: Always handle dry ice with gloves or a washcloth.
We called our Champagne cocktail “The Wish”: Just spear a small piece of blue cotton candy on a wooden skewer and add it to a Champagne flute. When you add the cotton candy to Champagne, it quickly dissolves and gives the drink a sweet taste (we recommend a dry Brut Champagne for this). This drink is similar to a traditional Champagne cocktail made with a sugar cube.
The dancing went on until the stroke of midnight at our rooftop masquerade ball.
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