Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Masquerade Ball

Want to know what I did last weekend? I attended my very first masquerade ball!

You may be wondering what the fabulous occasion was for this fun masked party and I will tell you. I was in charge of family Christmas this year (for my side of the family) and when I announced that we wouldn't be able to make it back to Quebec until December 31st, everyone had a mini fit that it wouldn't actually feel like Christmas and no one would want to celebrate that late. After taking minor offense (and after everyone apologized for their fit taking), I decided I would plan the party of a lifetime and it wouldn't be one bit Christmasy.

I made fabulous homemade invitations (which I forgot to photograph) and sent them off to my family members. Everyone was so excited when they received them and immediately started planning outfits.

Here's the sad part though. I got sick over Christmas holidays and we had to postpone our trip to Quebec and consequently, the masquerade ball. Super sad.

So that is why it ended up being last weekend. But really, masquerade balls are fun no matter when they happen so it ended up being not too big of a deal that it got pushed a few weeks.

The party went even better than I expected and everyone totally embraced the requirement to dress up and wear a mask.

The food was also pretty good. I had dispersed the courses amongst the families, so each couple was responsible for something. Mike and Tara made fabulous cocktails which were appropriate for all ages.

Stacey and Eric made some of the best hors d'oeuvres I've ever tasted. I normally hate tuna but there was one tuna roll thing that was to die for.

Tuna spring rolls

Mushroom pinwheels

Cauliflower popcorn, falafal and dairy free tzaziki
We took a break between appetizers and dinner to open presents, to give ourselves some time to digest. And once the presents were done, we spent the next half hour trying to get a decent group shot of everyone. We somewhat succeeded.

Dinner was cottage pie but I forgot to take any pictures of it. I used this recipe though, so you can just click on that link to see what it was I made.

After eating dinner, we opted to dance off some more of the food in the living room before moving on to dessert.

Cora and Jeremie were originally in charge of making dessert but Cora came down with the flu and was feeling pretty miserable leading up to our party. So Tara and I jumped in and offered to cover for her. We chose a fabulous looking recipe from a new cook book I got and we whipped up a frozen dessert pizza.

It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Seriously, so so good.

Once we finished our dessert, we danced some more and then people slowly started parting ways and heading off to bed.

It was basically the most awesome masquerade ball I have ever been to. Have you ever attended or hosted one?


  1. Great Pics Jennie! Looks like it was a lot of fun and a smashing success! :)

  2. I love this! What a fabulous party--and what a fabulously gorgeous family you have. Please tell Dan we think he's quite dapper all dressed up and fancy. ;-)

  3. This looks like so much fun! I'm glad everyone cooperated and made it that much more fabulous. Your dress is gorgeous!