"The Phantom of the Opera" is one of the 10 most iconic Broadway costumes of all time, according to Playbill. Whether you’re a theater lover or just have a finger on the pulse of pop culture, you’ll instantly remember the white mask covering half of the Phantom’s face, white tailored shirt and cape disguising his disfigurement from his beloved Christine.
Capture the magic of Broadway and the spirit of its iconic costumes, sets and makeup with your own theater-inspired party. Even if you're on a budget, some creative DIY Broadway party decorations will transform your house into a 42nd Street stage.
Phantom of the Opera
Turn your next dinner party into an evening of mystery with a gathering inspired by "The Phantom of the Opera." Ask your guests to dress up as their favorite character and be ready to trade songs and dialogue from the movie to piece together who the real phantom of the opera is.
Set aside an arts and crafts table for kids to make their own phantom masks with plenty of jewels, buttons and paints to liven up the fun. Buy the phantom's iconic half-white mask for each adult to wear as party favors. You may not be able to bring the Broadway show to your party, but you can pop the 2004 film into your DVD player for a midnight showing.
Whether you’re a cat lover or just inspired by great musicals and poetry, celebrate "Cats," one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, at your next party. Recruit a friend or makeup artist to help your guests look the part. If you’re not into a full-costume party, pass out cat ears or masks to add some flair, and use glow paint to add the infamous yellow eyes around your home. Let the kids put on their own "Cats" production to entertain the crowd.
A "Cats" party makes for a fun trivia night. Write out some questions and answers on cards, divide up teams and play for a gift certificate or donation to a local pet shelter. Need a good trivia question to get started? What book inspired Tony Award-winner "Cats"? Devoted fans will know it’s T.S. Eliot's 1939 poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."
Invite friends over for dinner and a movie night with a "Les Miserables" theme. Create a French-inspired menu with fresh bread, cheese, wine and pastries, and serve your guests on tables decorated with French flags. Complete the meal with red velvet cupcakes frosted with white icing and blue sprinkles as a nod to France.
Play the soundtrack to "Les Mis" before the movie starts. By the time the night is over, your guests will feel inspired to devour the book. Send them home with the novel as a party favor and schedule a follow-up party as a special book club night with "Les Mis" at its center.
Can’t decide among your favorite Broadway shows? Go for Broadway glamour and transform your party into 42nd Street nostalgia. Roll out a red carpet and add some velvet ropes leading to your front door. Add a pin-up board with Broadway flyers or find a theater-inspired template online to add the name of your party. Greet your guests like an usher and hand them a playbill with the list of events and snacks for the evening before ushering them to a designated area to chat with other guests.
The best kind of Broadway party actually happens on Broadway. Instead of creating your favorite play at home, take your guests to see the real thing. Telecharge can help you select from among the many choices, and ordering your tickets online will streamline your planning. Then, treat your guests to a fun evening of Broadway glamour.