Here is a storyline of how one version of this worked-with a decent budget !
A Venetian Masked Ball for 900 in a marquee in the clients grounds. Guests arrived in front of a newly restored Jacobean Mansion and walked through a phalanx of 50 flaming torchierres into the marquee complex. Firstly a 70m x 15m structure was erected for reception drinks and lined out with starcloth before being decorated with the first dozen of 48 specially commisioned giant gold masks-each 6'x4' and gold lame drops dressed with beads, tassels and smaller masks. Roving entertainment was provided by silhouettists, jugglers and human statues whilst a string quartet played hidden from view. A 65m x 45m main structure was hidden from view behind three reveals. Each of these entrances was externally dressed either side with trees, flowers and marble statues. When it was time for dinner, two State trumpeters appeared and stood atop two plinths and blew a royal greeting. The three reveals were then simultaneously opened to gasps of amazement. Three Venetian bridges lit with 18 street lamps had to be crossed, by the guests, to transport them over a 50m x 4m wide canal created just for the evening. When guests got to the top of each bridge, the full scale of the huge marquee was at last visible. Lined out with starcloth and hung with rest of the 48 huge masks, the dining area was now accessible. 90 Sumptuous 5' high candelabra were beautifully decorated with stargazer lillies and 14 other types of flower and finished off with cream and burgundy velvet ribbons topped by 8 candles. These sat on burgundy table cloths and the chairs were dressed in cream covers with burgundy tasselled tie-backs. The menu was created and prepared by the Michelin chef, Albert Roux, who was on hand to explain to guests the food they were about to eat. Each menu card, signed by Albert Roux, was printed on cream parchment with a front cover of burgundy organza. Entertainment by magicians, sleight of hand artists and the reception entertainers continued throughout dinner. A musical review called Mama Mia then took to the stage which was also finished to the theme with gold Corinthian columns set amongst triangular front lit cloths. With several costume changes, the 8 piece group took the guests on a musical tribute to bands from the 60's to 90's and had the dancefloor full from the first number.
48 6' high gold masks
Three Venetian style Bridges on a 50m x 4m canal to give that wonderful mirror effect