During Mardi Gras season, we hear a lot of people say, “I wish I had a reason to wear a masquerade mask.” To them I say, why not create a reason? I know for some people, Mardi Gras is just not that big of an event in their city. Valentine’s Day, on the other hand, is a huge celebration all around the country! If you’re looking for a reason to get dressed up and have a good time, then why not host a Valentine’s Day masquerade? After all, there’s nothing more exciting or romantic than a hint of mystery. Here’s how you can throw together a quick Valentine’s Day masquerade.
Begin with themed invitations. Whether you are hosting a single’s party or a couple’s event, (or maybe everyone’s invited?), let everyone know to arrive in proper attire. Though many send out e-vites in this day and age, if you are posting by snail mail, we recommend sending out invites at least two weeks in advance to allow your guests proper time to find a masquerade mask.
Since it’s a Valentine’s Day party, you wouldn’t have to go far out of your way to find the perfect decorations. Hearts and flowers should do the trick and since they would be in season, you can just head to your local party store or mega retailer to find something cute and festive.
When it comes to a meet and mingle party, hors d’oeuvres are always best. Plus, I love the idea of throwing together a quick and simple spread. A meat and cheese board is always a hit at any party. I would also recommend throwing in some spreads like hummus or tapenade, a couple hot appetizers and maybe some fresh cut fruit. This way, you can spend less time on food prep and more time getting sparkly and fabulous for your party.
When it comes to meeting new people, especially on potentially romantic terms, alcohol is often a handy helper. Stock up on the common crowd pleasers like vodka and cranberry or Coke and rum. Aside from that, it would be a nice treat to your guests to a signature drink. A fruity sangria would be easy to make ahead in a large batch. Plus the red coloring would fit right in with the theme.
Remember those Valentine’s Day cards that you used to hand out in elementary school? Keep a pile of those with pens close at hand so guests can write messages to each other. Married folk can write little love letters to their spouses. Singles can jot down their phone number for the charming stranger they meet. This is just a fun and easy way to keep things interesting during the night.
With these simple ideas, it’ll be easy to throw together a party in a pinch. Have you ever hosted a Valentine’s Day masquerade? If so, let us know what tips or tricks you have by leaving us a comment below!