Masquerade balls have been around for centuries, and it’s no wonder that they’ve stood the test of time. Traditionally favoured by royalty, the elite and upper classes, balls of this nature offer a kind of style and sophistication that no other party can quite match. These are not your average fancy dress parties – these are a chance to really go all-out to come up with a costume that’s as elegant as it is striking, giving you a party of timeless elegance that no-one will ever forget.
The history of masquerade balls
Masquerade balls go back as far as medieval times, once being a key part of Royal Court life and traditionally being arranged to celebrate a marriage or to mark a dynastic event. Guests would attend wearing a flamboyant costume and masquerade mask, giving them a kind of anonymity that was unheard of in those days, with costumed dancers often being a highlight of the event. Gradually masquerade balls spread throughout Europe and became particularly popular in Venice, in many cases becoming public festivities as well as private balls reserved for royalty, and later on they made their way to America.
Traditional masquerade masks would have been incredibly ornate, with the designs reflecting the fashions, creativity and artistic styles of the era, and the costumes people wore would have been just as exquisite. Masks gave people the chance to disguise themselves, and the freedom that the masquerade ball offered goes some way to explaining its popularity – it allowed individuals to mingle like never before, with different classes having the opportunity to interact with each other as they never normally would, and in later variations of the event a key feature was trying to guess who was behind the mask for a humorous and informal twist.
Throw your own masquerade ball
Masquerade balls became less prevalent in the 19th and 20th centuries but over the last few decades they’ve enjoyed something of a revival, and these days they’re well and truly back in the spotlight and are regularly chosen for those wanting a sophisticated and elegant soiree. Why not throw your own ball? You’ll be giving guests the chance to devise a truly spectacular outfit, and if you make sure to get the look right you’ll have an event that you’ll never forget.
Get the masquerade masks you need
The key part of any masquerade ball will be the mask, and here at Party Domain we’ve got a great selection for you to choose from. Any one of our masks could be perfect for your big event – we’ve got everything from gold, silver and monochrome designs to those that come complete with feathers for something a little bit extra, and you can even get those that hark back to the days of Venetian balls so you’ll really look the part. Just take a look around to see what you can uncover and we’re confident you’ll be happy with the range, then just sit back and place your order and you’ll be ready for your event before you know it.