With mysterious costumes, moody color schemes, and bejeweled masks galore, masquerade balls lend plenty of inspiration to theme parties. Lately, we've spotted several events with the classic theme. Here's a look at how happenings—including Groupon's holiday party in Chicago and CyberCoders' ornate event in Los Angeles—incorporated touches of a Gothic, Venetian fete.
On November 12, the beer brand took over New York's Masonic Hall with a masquerade-themed promotion. Mirrorball produced the event and brought the theme to life with costumed actors wearing elephant trunks, Marie Antoinette-style wigs, and masks.
Wearing white body paint to match the tufted bar, actors crouched on pedestals surrounded by candles. Purple lighting added to the moody, Gothic effect.