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Trend Spotted: A Masquerade-Ball Theme

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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.