Add elegance and a mystery to any formal, fundraiser or prom with a Masquerade theme party that features an assortment of balloons from Stumps Party as part of the decor. Mardi Gras, that celebration of excess on the Tuesday before the serious season of Lent begins, is the first thing that comes to mind these days when masquerade is mentioned. Historically, though, masquerade balls required nothing more than wearing a mask. Virtually any formal affair can become a masquerade ball simply by providing guests with one of the colorful masks in a myriad of styles that you’ll find at Stumps. Sprinkled with glitter and festooned with feathers, lace and rhinestones, these masks make attractive souvenirs, too. Sell them advance of the prom so couples can coordinate them with their formal wear and the organizing committee can raise money for a grand event.
Stumps carries theme kits in a number of colors and styles for masquerade balls, but the good news for organizations with tight budgets is that the theme is easy to carry out with supplies already on hand. Redecorate an old balloon arc in this year’s colors for the entrance. Swath tables in gossamer or chiffon from a previous year and change up the chair sashes to freshen the look. Dress luminescent columns up in wraps of a different color for a fraction of the cost of buying new pillars. Create balloon bouquets by combining black or white latex balloons in a damask pattern with colorful Mylar stars or circles. Vary the height to create either centerpieces or floor-level pieces. String colorful paper lanterns along light strands to create an eye-catching garland with a special glow.