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Have a Fabulous Alphabet Party, From A to Z! Comments Off on Have a Fabulous Alphabet Party, From A to Z!

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Alphabet parties are  all the rage at the moment.

Whether you choose B because your name is Brian, or G because your name is Xavier and  nobody will come dressed as a xylophone,  a letter is a great way to inspire people to use their imaginations and come up with fabulous fancy dress ideas.

Of course, with an alphabet-themed party, everyone will be singing ABC-related songs… this one is our favourite at the moment:

A Grade “A” Party

A is a very popular letter for a party theme – because there are so many great ideas!

Here are a few…

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A-Grade Music

If you’re having an A-themed party, you will need to think of musicians beginning with A. Here are a few:

  • Abba (durr, obviously)
  • ABC (this band are good for ALL alphabet parties!)
  • AC/DC
  • A-Ha
  • Peter Andre (don’t pretend you don’t know any of his songs)

A Zed-Tastic Celebration

You might think there aren’t many costumes beginning with Z… really though, you just have to think a little more creatively.

Why not challenge your guests…

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Zedtabulous Music

Can’t think of any musical acts beginning with Z? Fret not; we have inspiration for you right here!

  • ZZ Top (obviously!)
  • Zero 7
  • The Zombies
  • Frank Zappa (oh yeah!)
  • The Zutons

If you’re planning an alphabet-themed party, don’t forget to check out our website for some great ideas!

We Love Glastonbury! Comments Off on We Love Glastonbury!

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury is a tiny, sleepy town in Somserset, mostly filled with ageing hippies and the occasional coach load of tourists. For one weekend a year though, a farm in Pilton, just up the road, transforms itself and the surrounding area into one of the largest, longest-running and well-known music festivals in the world.

Farmer Michael Eavis first decided to hold a music festival on his land in 1970; that first festival was attended by 1,500 people, and tickets cost just £1.

Fast forward to 2014, and tickets for this year’s event cost £210 plus a booking fee, and around 175,000 people are expected to attend. It’s far too late to buy a ticket for this year’s festival though – it begins today! Don’t worry, though the BBC coverage on TV is usually really good – last year they reported all-time record viewing figures for their coverage.

Instead of sitting on your sofa feeling down in the dumps and jealous that you’re not in the crowd, why not count your blessings that you’re also not sleeping in a tent tonight, and have a Glastonbury party instead?


The great thing about a festival party is that you only need minimal decoration – if any at all! If you want that “outdoorsy” feel to the place… either throw your party in the garden, or open all the windows!  A bit of bunting, maybe some fairy lights, and hey presto – instant festival feel.

Alternatively, you could make this “original” crafty bunting – though obviously, we cannot advocate that you drink the contents of the cans beforehand!

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One thing you see a lot of at Glastonbury is flags; all the tents have them, they’re at the side of the stages, the stalls have them, little children run around with them. Why not just make your own with some large, colourful pieces of material hung from posts, washing line poles or door frames?

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If you’re feeling brave, you could always set up  some teepees in your back garden for your guests to stay in; the teepee village is always a big hit at Glastonbury, and yours is likely to be just as popular – especially since you also have a flushing toilet and a shower just indoors!

Glastonbury teepee village

Costumes & Makeup

The original Glastonbury Festival was a haven for 1970s hippies; why not crack out the flares and hippie costume and relive the best years? If that’s not your cup of tea, why not go as a Twisted Firestarter,  or perhaps Liam Gallagher? Festival fancy dress is easy, because there have been so many different acts at the festival over the years – and lots of festival goers will also dress up as anything and everything over the course of the weekend. If you don’t fancy a musical or festival-themed fancy dress outfit, you really can go as whatever you fancy. What about a lion? Rawr!

When it comes to makeup, we absolutely love this hippie makeup tutorial – it looks like so much fun! You could incorporate makeup application into the beginning of the party so that all of your guests are looking fabulous before the fun begins!


No need to get any  CDs or music streaming lined up; just switch the TV on and watch the coverage from the festival!


You will need festival refreshments for your party; the good news is you don’t have to set a camp fire before you can make it though! You can also be a bit more upmarket than a tin of beans and some burnt burgers.

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Check out these amazing burgers for some culinary inspiration! Yum!

And now, all you need to do is practice your dance moves…

Get the look… Disco party Comments Off on Get the look… Disco party

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin


It’s time to put on your platforms, get the glitter ball out of the attic and invite your mates round for a 70s themed disco party. Don’t believe that disco is dead? Then grab a pair of platforms and put together a party playlist and let Fancy Dress Ball help you get the look for your own disco party!

Get the look… Make-up

There’s so much you can do to create a fun and funky disco look. Check out this video tutorial from Mila Victoria which shows you how to get this fabulous glittery look using multiple colourful eye-shadows, glitter eye-liner and some funky false eyelashes.

Alternative looks

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Alternatively, why not go for this colourful and funky look? Create an exciting neon style using a series of neon shades blended together and finished with dramatic black eyeliner.

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Loving the neon look but wanting something little more subtle? You can create this funky disco look using natural shade eye-shadows and fabulous neon eyeliner!

Disco hair

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Disco hair is about one thing and one thing only… VOLUME! There are a variety of ways to bouffant your locks, so ditch the anti-frizz and switch those straighteners for a curling iron!

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If you’re lucky enough to have long layered hair, then you can easily achieve this wavy look which will definitely add the finishing touches to your 70s disco outfit!

Neon nails

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No disco look would be complete without some far out neon nails. There are a wide variety of neon colours to choose from, but if you’re super creative, you can create this psychedelic look using different colours.

Thinking of throwing 70s disco bash? Head over to our Facebook page and share your ideas!

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Movie Party Special Comments Off on Movie Party Special

Posted on March 07, 2014 by admin


Last week saw the end of this year’s award season with the 86th Academy Awards. If you’re planning a film –themed party to celebrate the winners (and the losers) or just need an excuse to dress up as your favourite character, we’ve got some great ideas to inspire you.

American Hustle

David O’Russell’s 70s flick American Hustle received a whopping 10 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, yet sadly came away with nothing. But as the film that received the most nominations in 2014, there’s still every reason to dress up in your 70s get-up for your movie-based bash.

We love this great tutorial from Punk Chyaz, which shows you how to achieve a cool Jennifer Lawrence-inspired look from the film.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s tale of 80s yuppie greed didn’t win any awards at this year’s Oscars, but as it’s one of the most talked about films this year, there’s every reason to reach for a massive mobile phone, slap on some khakis, a bright polo shirt and complete with a sweater over the shoulders. Don’t forget to slick back your hair and turn up your collar!

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 The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came away with the award for best costume design, for its fresh and fabulous flapper outfits. If you’re going for a Great Gatsby themed ensemble, then this gorgeous hairstyle will really finish off your look.

Check out our BAFTAs special for more ideas on how to achieve and award winning 20s style!

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And the rest…

If you’re going for something a little more fun with your costume why not dress in style and celebrate the film that swept the board at this year’s Oscars: Gravity.

Iron Man 3 was also in the list of this year’s nominees, so if you’ve always fancied yourself as playboy and entrepreneur Tony Stark, now’s your chance to become one of Marvel’s most well-loved superheroes!

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Just for fun…

Star Trek: Into Darkness was also nominated for an award, but even if you don’t fancy sporting the Spock ears and blue sweater yourself, you might have a furry friend who’d love to be involved in your Oscar celebrations!

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Throwing a movie-themed party this year? Share your ideas over on our Facebook page!

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Fancy Festivals: Top 5 of the best dressed on Pinterest Comments Off on Fancy Festivals: Top 5 of the best dressed on Pinterest

Posted on July 05, 2013 by admin

We love to see festival-goers being firmly committed to fancy dress at a festival – after all, what better place is there to express yourself than at a festival?!

Whilst wearing a tutu, fairy wings or funny fake beards can turn any drab outfit into a fab outfit, some people really do go the extra mile. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next festival this summer, why not take a leaf out of these merry-maker’s books and go all out?


This costume is nothing short of stunning and shows some real commitment to the fancy dress cause! We hate to think how long it took to take that blue paint off in a tent, but it was certainly worth the effort!


This is nothing short of creepy…we love it! Whilst it may be a little warm for a festival in the peak of summer, the effect is amazing and the makeup is simple yet completely effective.


This mother and daughter duo take some inspiration from the seventies for these adorable costumes! Retro and fun, they look very comfortable for a day in a field and great for anything the weather can throw out them. Perfect!


Is it a flock of birds? Have we walked onto an airfield? No, it’s a group of supermen ready to save the day and help humanity party hard! Individually these would have been simplistic, but as a group these supermen show they know that a real friend doesn’t let another friend fancy dress alone!


Ah, the morphsuit, a classic festival fancy dress costume. Very effective, you can wear your colours loud and proud in a really comfortable morphsuit, which is surprisingly wearable in any weather. This group have really committed to the cause with matching colours!

If you have any top festival fancy dress snaps, please share them with us on our Facebook page!

1970’s Film Night Costumes Comments Off on 1970’s Film Night Costumes

Posted on January 16, 2012 by admin

A great theme for a 1970s era fancy dress event is a night of celebrating favourite film characters.  The 1970s offers a lot of inspiration through the popular films of the decade.

Let’s start with American Graffiti from 1973. This classic film about growing up in early 1960s America provides an opportunity to evoke 1960s styles into a 1970s fancy dress party.

When it comes to 1970s classic dress, think Annie Hall from 1977.  Diane Keaton’s wardrobe in the film became the foundation for major fashion trends in the late 1970s.

When considering military themes, there are several films to choose from here:  MASH (1970), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Apocalypse Now (1979).

The 1972 film, Cabaret, can inspire a sexy twist to the era. The film that made Liza Minnelli a star, her signature look is recreated in the Cabaret Costume that includes a black hot pant jumpsuit with gloves and thigh high stockings.  Add a 1920s styled Bob Wig in black and a topper or bowler hat for a complete set.  As an extra touch, the small, black-feathered eyelashes really help make your eyes noticeable.

A good film for 1970s fancy dress is Saturday Night Fever from 1977.  To get Tony Manero’s look, the 70s Men Suit White is perfect.  Add a black shirt (we suggest the 205201-2), and you are ready to wow the crowd with your best disco moves.


Other great 1970s fancy dress films include Star Wars (1977), Taxi Driver (1976) and Young Frankenstein (1974).

The 1970s Afro Comments Off on The 1970s Afro

Posted on January 12, 2012 by admin

The Afro is far more than just a hairstyle; it is also an iconic identity statement associated with the ‘60s and ‘70s African American community. It is also a fabulous idea for 1970s fancy dress.

In a big way, the Afro was a result of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, a moment which, for many African Americans, brought forth a sense of appreciation of their own inherited, natural beauty.

When Afro-textured hair is left untreated (straightened, relaxed, braided, etc.), it tends to hold a very tight wiry, curl pattern. As it gets longer, instead of lying flat, the hair tends to grow outward. The result is the familiar rounded dome appearance. In the 1970s, this easy-to-maintain, culturally definable style became a political statement, reflecting what was known as ‘black pride’ and serving as a symbol of the ‘Black is beautiful’ movement.

Key figures from the 1970s who wore afros include Jimi Hendrix, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, and actress Pam Grier, who portrayed the now iconic figure of Foxy Brown in the era’s Blaxploitation films.

Of course, the afro wasn’t just worn by African Americans; many other races adopted the afro, using perming and backcombing techniques to recreate the style.

As a 70s fancy dress idea, the afro wig is perfect for both men and women. The Funky Afro comes in several colours, including black, brown, blonde, orange, pink, and rainbow. Because the style is suitable for both sexes, afro wig selections include men’s, women’s and unisex. The Disco Glitter and Disco Dude wigs also give a nod to the style.

1970s Fancy Dress Costumes Comments Off on 1970s Fancy Dress Costumes

Posted on December 13, 2011 by admin

The 1970s is the era most popular for those having themed fancy dress parties.  This is because 70s costumes are fabulous and the music of the era is great for dancing and keeping a party going.  Disco was popular in the 70s as was large Afro style hair for men and long feathered styles for women.

In order to recreate this Fancydressball.co.uk has a whole range of 70s costumes and accessories.  For men, there are plenty of loud and often gaudy patterned shirts with large collars and colourful suits with flared trousers.  There are also other costumes inspired by movies from the era such as Monty Python and costumes based on those wore by rock band Kiss.
For women, there are many brightly coloured tops in paisley patterns or plain block colours. Abba-inspired catsuits were also popular in the 70s and so Fancydressball.co.uk has a range in various colours including bright orange and silver.  You can complete your look by accessorising with large jewellery pieces.

Accessorising your 1970s fancy dress is easy as there is also a range of tinted lens specs in various colours and shapes including stars, as worn by Elton John and large heart shaped frames.  To help complete your 70s costume, there is also a range of wigs available.  There are men and women’s afro styles in various colours and the long feathered look as favoured by Charlie’s Angels.  Tinsel wigs in various colours can give a touch of glam to any disco diva outfit.

1970s Celebrity Costumes Comments Off on 1970s Celebrity Costumes

Posted on September 15, 2011 by admin

1970s costumes that have been inspired by celebrities are a big hit when trying to organise a fancy dress party.  It is easier sometimes to choose an outfit just by thinking of your favourite musical artist from that decade, your favourite film, or actor.

Costumes inspired by musical artists include Elvis Presley, of which there are costumes for both men and women (and children too if they want to dress like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.  There are many 70s films to take inspiration from including Star Wars and The Godfather, although if you cannot find inspiration from that, maybe 70s television shows such as Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, and Dads’ Army might help.

Fancy dress costumes do not even have to be too complicated, four friends wearing the same suit; with bowl-cut hair (or wig) could easily pass for the Beatles.  Add a few props such as a guitar, a microphone, and some drumsticks and the 70s fancy dress outfits are complete.

The 70s are perhaps the best decade to try to find a suitable outfit for as there were so many bands becoming well known, television was available in many more homes and people were experimenting more with makeup thanks to the likes of Kiss and David Bowie.

Fancydressball.co.uk has many perfect outfits and accessories that you might need to help your 70s themed party go with a swing, from afro wigs to big bold jewellery and bright coloured flares, your ideal outfit is easy to find.

Boogie Nights – 1970s Fancy Dress for Men Comments Off on Boogie Nights – 1970s Fancy Dress for Men

Posted on September 02, 2011 by admin

If there is one era that men love to dress up for then that is the 1970s.  They get to wear suits and shirts in loud bold colours, big flares and even larger collars as preferred by the pimp known as ‘Huggy Bear’ in the popular 70s TV show, Starsky and Hutch.  The 70s was also the time when disco music and rock were the most often played, roller discos were a common occurrence and parents were trying to ban their children from listening to rock as it was classed as ‘the Devils music’.

If you are hosting a 70s-themed party or you have been invited to one, then Fancydressball.co.uk may have just the right 70s fancy dress for you.  You can go to the party as a member of the rock band Kiss, complete with facial makeup, or you can wear the brightest flared trousers complete with contrasting satin shirt for a disco fever look.

Your 70s costume will look great with an 70’s Afro wig to finish the look.  If you do not want an Afro, you can always choose the shag style of full-bodied hair, and there are moustache and beard facial hair accessories also available.

Props such as guitars, microphones, and overly sized rings can add to the overall look of the outfit.  Open shirts with large medallions were very popular and Fancydressball.co.uk has several to choose from.  Finally, a pair of Elton John-inspired specs with tinted lenses could be the missing piece that links the whole costume together.

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