If you’re planning to throw a party and need some Phantom of the Opera party ideas, try these easy and inexpensive ways to create fabulous decorations that are sure to wow your guests.
For a little more elegant take on my annual Halloween party, I decided to go with a Phantom of the Opera party theme this year.
The color scheme was perfect for Halloween (black, red and white), and it’s easy to add a few “scary” details to transform it into a spooky Halloween setting. But it could also be a non-Halloween theme if you eliminate those extra spooky bits.
This party definitely was a hit with my friends. Everyone loved the elegant decor!
Keep reading to get some Phantom of the Opera party ideas that you can use for your own event.
Make An Entrance
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Hang black velvet curtains* between the front entryway and the rest of the room to give the party a grand entrance.
It adds to the surprise factor when your guests can’t see the whole room as soon as they walk in.
Print out Phantom of the Opera mask pictures (you can get access to the printables below) and pin them to the front of the curtains. They give guests a hint of what is coming next!
Add an Opera House Scene Setter
Covering a wall with a Paris Opera House scene setter really makes the room feel like a theater.
This “wall” happened to be made up mostly of windows, so I used flood lights outside the windows to backlight the scene setter. It makes it look those balconies have lights!
You can also see the creepy cloth “spider webs” that are hanging from the ceiling to add that old, abandoned feeling. And since my party was for Halloween, it adds to the spooky factor!
To get this look I ordered a couple of opera house backdrops from shindigz.com. Unfortunately, it looks like they no longer carry them.
Hang Curtains Around The Room
Hanging ceiling to floor black velvet drapes* around the walls makes the room look like the inside of a theater and gives the room a luxurious feel.
Light Lots Of Candles
Adding candelabras and candles of different heights adds to the atmosphere.
Black candelabras* add to the mystery of the event.
I really like the look of real candles, but you need to be careful about where you put them. I had to move these ones because they were too close to the dance floor and in danger of being knocked over.
If you want to make sure that you don’t have a fire hazard, use flameless candles* instead. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, often are made of real wax, and many even have a remote control for easy “lighting”.
Important Safety Tips: If you are using real candles (like I did), make sure they aren’t too close to the curtains or the spooky cloth hanging from the ceiling. You certainly don’t want to start a fire! (We almost did at my party so I’m speaking from experience here!) Also try to keep any lit candles in places that won’t get bumped into…that keeps them from accidentally getting knocked over.
Use Layers on the Table
Since my party was for Halloween, the lace tablecloth just happened to have a spider web design*, but a regular lace table cloth would work just as well.
If you can’t find an actual tablecloth you like, you can also buy black lace fabric and cut it to the right size (which gives you lots of flexibility).
Add Gold and Roses To The Table Setting
Adding gold to the table settings really ups the glam factor.
These table settings used black chargers*, gold-rimmed glass plates*, gold cutlery* and gold wine glasses*. If you want to save some money, you can try making our DIY gold stemmed wine glasses instead of buying them.
I used fake roses so that I could put them out ahead of time and didn’t have to worry about them wilting…believe it or not, these ones* are made of wood!
Accessorize the Plates
To add a little more of the Phantom of the Opera to the table settings, print out some music onto parchment colored paper. You can get the printables below.
Then cut it out in a circle that fits on top of the charger but under the dinner plate.
Because both of the plates were clear glass in the middle, the music shows right through.
If you want more variety, you can do the same thing with a print out of the Phantom of the Opera mask.
Or if you want to use both, alternate the place settings so that some have the music background and some have the mask background.
Create An Inexpensive Centerpiece
You can make inexpensive table centerpieces using empty black wine bottles and a few flowers. Because the wine bottles have small openings, you only need a few flowers to fill them, which helps to keep the cost down.
For my Halloween event, I used fake red and black roses in the vases (the same wood ones that are on the table settings). However real flowers would work just as well.
For a non-Halloween version of the event, you might want to replace the black roses with babies breath which would also look good together.
Add a Candy Buffet
A candy buffet is an easy way to add more of the black, white and red colors to your room.
Fill apothecary jars with the candies and put them out on the buffet for easy and edible decor.
The final product is an elegant Halloween look that didn’t cost a lot of money and looks great!
Make Phantom Of The Opera Cupcakes
These Phantom of the Opera cupcakes add to your party decor and taste great. I love desserts that do double-duty!
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This post was originally published on October 28, 2015 but was updated with new content on January 11, 2022.