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The Ultimate Guide to Throwing a Circus Themed Party! Comments Off

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Roll up, roll up! 19th May is Circus Day! In celebration of everything Big Top, we’ve created the ultimate guide to throwing your very own circus fancy dress party.

Everyone loves a trip to the circus: the clowns and acrobats; trapeze artists and tightrope walkers; jugglers and unicyclists. A fantastic treat for all of the family – and great fun to dress up as too! Everything you need, from lion costumes to face painting, is right here.


Whenever you think of the circus, you think of clowns. Whether it’s a classic white face, red nose combo, or something a little more scary, a clown is the perfect idea for circus fancy dress. The beauty of dressing up as a clown is that you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like! Either  paint your face white and go mad with the nose and lips, or you go for full-on professional make up with all sorts of detail.

We love this tutorial for a classic clown’s face:

If you fancy being a little more scary, here’s a great one:

If you think clowns are so last season, and you want to be something a little more different, this website has a fantastic tutorial for a classic lion face:

Classic Lion Face

Classic Lion Face

Glitter is optional of course, but then if you’re going to the trouble of painting your face why not add a touch of sparkle!


One of the main attractions at the circus (besides the performers) is the food. In order to throw a good party – whatever the intended age range – you need to have great food on offer!

The classics of course are hot dogs and pop corn; but why not also try making cones from red and white striped paper for chips? Striped bags of sweets is also a winner.

We love the idea of having a “hot dog vendor” doing the rounds at your party:


We also love the idea of these lion tamer whips:



We love the decoration ideas in this pin:


The key with circus decoration is lots of red and white stripes, and lots of brightly coloured balloons. In fact, lots of bright colours, full stop!

And we love this really simple idea for decoration: all you need is some brightly coloured rolls of crepe paper and a hula hoop:



  • A party is not a party without games – especially if it’s a children’s party!
  • Obviously, if your party is circus- themed, you must play Sleeping Lions!
  • Pass The Parcel with circus-themed paper and gifts is also a good idea.

One thing kids really love at a party is to make something they can bring home. If you prepare the pieces beforehand, these circus tent hats can be great fun:


Another great idea for all age ranges is a “photo booth” – all you need is a big sheet (or piece of coloured material) as the backdrop, and lots of props for people to hold. An empty picture frame is always excellent for this. Since your guests are already in fancy dress, they won’t need much else to have a fantastic photo taken!

As an added bonus, these downloadable circus printables are a great way to throw your party in style:


World Book Day: Best costumes for Mum and Dad Comments Off

Posted on February 28, 2014 by admin


There’s less than a week to go before we get creative, dress up as our favourite fictional characters and celebrate our love of all things literary! If you’re helping out at school this year, throwing a bookish party or just want to join in with the fun with your kids, then we’ve got some great ideas for costumes!

Sam’s Sandwich

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Based on David Pelham’s imaginative picture book, you can really get creative with your costume ideas and recreate the sandwich from Sam’s Sandwich.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Roald Dahl’s books are always a great source of inspiration for fun and imaginative character costumes. If you’re looking to get the whole family involved this World Book Day, then check out these great character costumes for Willy Wonka, an Oompa Loompa and a Wonka bar!

Luna Lovegood

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If you’re bored of the usual Harry Potter costumes, why not check out this fabulous Luna Lovegood costume! Even if you’re not especially creative, you can easily transform yourself into this great character. All you need are some kooky glasses and a blonde wig and you’re most of the way there!


Taking inspiration from the Wizard of Oz, why not get a little green this World Book Day and transform yourself into the not-so-wicked wicked witch Elphaba from Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of West. This great make-up tutorial from audfaced shows you how to create an effective look with all that green face paint.

If you’ve got some great ideas for your family fancy dress for World Book Day, then join in the conversation over on our Facebook page!

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World Book Day: Best costumes for boys Comments Off

Posted on February 24, 2014 by admin


With just over a week to go before parents, teachers and kids will be celebrating their favourite fictional fancies, we’re taking a look at some great costume ideas for boys.

There are loads of simple and creative ideas that you can easily achieve. So if you’re looking for some fresh fiction ideas for boys’ costumes then let Fancy Dress Ball be your guide and check out these cool costume ideas…

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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Recreate everybody’s favourite cheeky dinner guest from Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to tea. You don’t necessarily need a tiger costume to achieve this look, just some orange pyjamas, some fabric paint and some face paint should do the trick!

The Guffalo

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The most feared creature of the forest is another great costume that’s fairly simple to achieve. If you’re a creative type who loves a bit of crafting, this Gruffalo costume can easily be put together with just the right amount of felt and imagination!

Bert from Mary Poppins

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Oh it’s a jolly holiday with Mary! Drawing inspiration from Dick Van Dyke’s costume from Disney’s film adaptation of PL Travers’ beloved novel Mary Poppins, this character is instantly recognisable. Using a straw hat, bow-tie and ribbon you can create this cute, colourful costume.

Max from Where the Wild Things Are

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First published in 1963, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are still remains as one of the most popular children’s book today. This costume for protagonist Max can be created using a onesie, pyjamas and a little creativity for the crown and tail!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Yet another classic character is The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle’s 1969 children’s picture book. There are loads of different ways to create this costume, but this great example uses a long green tunic and paper mache to recreate our favourite caterpillar!

Got some inspired costume for World Book Day? Why not head over to our Facebook page and share your ideas!

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Get the look… Traditional Christmas Comments Off

Posted on December 13, 2013 by admin


A traditional Christmas look incorporates everything we love about the holiday period: a touch of magic, a sprinkle of good joy and a great big handful of glitter! Whether you’re looking to create a Christmassy look for a party, a night on the town or for Christmas day itself, we’ve got the low-down for every part of the look.

Think cheesy Christmas jumpers teamed with fluffy Santa hats, Victorian hairstyles with a little extra oomph, bright colours on your clothes and for your make-up, but most importantly, a whole lot of glamour.

The make-up method

The traditional Christmas make-up look is all about having fun with your products. For those who can feel a little intimidated by bright colours, Julia Graf has put together a brilliant video for an evergreen look.

The bright colours blend well with the glitter to give the make-up a deeper, more developed appearance. The combination of the two also work to make the eyes pop and are sure to compliment a whole range of skin tones.

This particular make-up combination is suitable for day or night time events and with a variety of hairstyles. Thick curls or ringlets will work well with the look for night time looks, while daytime would look brilliant with a top knot or bun.

The products

A highly pigmented eye-shadow will work well for this look, but for something with a little more edge that will last a lot longer, stage make-up will have a much brighter finish.


Red and green are the traditional Christmas colours and adding a touch of red glitter to small features on the face will help to give the look an extra touch of magic. Green grease paint will work especially well for those wearing the make-up whilst out on the town, while choosing even brighter neon green face paint is sure to make the look truly stand out from the crowd.

The alternative looks

There are plenty of fun ways to change this look according to your favourite Christmas colours. Just remember: the brighter, the better!

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This neon make-up manages to be both understated and astonishing as the eyes and lips gently draw attention to the most flattering areas of the face. The pink works incredibly well with the green, while the lips are beautifully bright.

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If you fancy yourself as Santa’s little helper this year, this look is as fun as it is well-executed. The lips are the perfect shade of red to really stand out, while a touch of silver or green glitter would really finish off the design around the eyes.

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A little more Gothic but not less festive, this look is inspired by the traditional elf design but uses defined eye-liner to add an extra edge. The false eyelashes have brought attention to the design and the darker colours have created the ideal night-time Christmas look.

What do you think to our traditional Christmas look? Why not leave us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know what you’re wearing this Christmas!

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The very best traditional Halloween party games! Comments Off

Posted on October 04, 2013 by admin


If you’re planning on hosting a Halloween party this year, you might be thinking about taking it back to basics. While costumes, music, snacks and plenty of drinks will be on the cards, in the name of all things retro, you might be thinking about including some classic Halloween games!

Playing games with your friends isn’t just a lot of fun, but it’ll really make your party stand out from the rest! Plenty of traditional party games are suitable for all ages, and only become more fun the older you are!

Bobbing for apples


One of the best known and loved Halloween party games, bobbing for apples has been a staple of the holiday since Halloween parties began! You’ll probably remember playing this game as a child, and it’s only become more fun now that you’ve grown up!

To play a traditional version of this game, you’ll need to a find a big container that can be filled with water and apples. By kneeling on the floor, players will have to hold their hands behind their backs and use their mouths to grab hold of an apple! Be quick now, there’s only a minute on the clock…

For a grown up version, consider filling the container with a potent punch or cider to really kick things up a notch!

Pass the apple


Apple-based games are very traditional for Halloween, with pass the apple perfectly complementing the bobbing game!

Standing in a circle, participants must pass the apple around from person to person, using only their necks and chins in order to do so. Careful not to drop it! The apple will return to the start should it hit the floor.

Pie eating contest


Coming over from America is the pie eating contest! This is sure to get messy, so ensure you have someone on hand to deal with any spraying crust and cream!

Rather than attempting to eat a huge number of pies within a short period of time, contestants are given one fruit pie topped with whipped cream. Tying their hands behind their backs, the contestants then have one minute to consume as much of the pie as possible.

If you’re planning on having a drink whilst playing this game then take it easy – reduce the time by 30 seconds, or limit the amount of food available for people to eat.

Ghost stories


A great game to play towards the end of the night (for those still standing) is try to compete with one another to tell the scariest story! Story tellers can either go for something traditional like a haunted house story, or a little more modern (and gory!).

If you’re playing this game, the atmosphere is important. Turn off all the lights and light a single candle.

Ouija board


This adults-only game is sure to creep out even the bravest of participants. A board is really simple to make and even more simple to use, making it the perfect addition to any adult Halloween party.

Writing each letter of the alphabet on an individual scrap of paper, the letters are set out in a semi- or complete circle. Adding a smooth glass in the centre of the circle, each participant must place one finger on the glass. Ask a simple question, such as “is anybody out there?” and wait…

This game is truly not for the faint hearted! Some dispute the status of the Ouija board, with claimants from around the world suggesting that they have communicated with spirits while using the board, while others say it’s nothing short of nonsense…

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How to Make World Book Day 2013 One to Remember Comments Off

Posted on March 01, 2013 by admin

It might only be a week or so away, but there’s a chance that many of you lovers of literature won’t know that Thursday March 7th is World Book Day. It’s a great event where adults and kids celebrate their favourite reads by paying homage to famous fictional characters and authors in their own imaginative ways.

If you want to get the kids involved in this year’s World Book Day, there are a number of great things you could do with them to help them celebrate all that’s fun and exciting about getting lost in a good book. Here are just a few ideas if you’re struggling for inspiration:

Dress up like your favourite character

Most kids will have their favourites. Some will want to dress like Harry Potter (above) and cast a spell, while others might want to go back further in time and come as a Shakespearean character like Juliet. As well as being fun, they could maybe quote their favourite lines to help really get into the day in their World Book Day costumes.


(Click on the image above to visit the official World Book Day website.)

Read a story for the little ones

If you have kids who are, say, five or six years old, this is a great idea. Read from a book you enjoyed as a child using different voices for each character and watch them listen. You could even lay on a few snacks for the kids and their friends and make a day of it!

Play a game based on their favourite book

Some kids’ books such as the ‘Where’s Wally’ series are ideal for games. Why not play a game where you can see which one of your kids or their friends can find him the quickest – you could have hours of fun. Alternatively, you could get one of your kids to dress like Wally and play ‘hide and seek’, bringing the book to life!

World Book Day costumes for under £10! Comments Off

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

All excited kids and, indeed, parents out there will know that World Book Day is just around the corner, but you’ve still got plenty of time to nail the perfect children’s costumes for the big day.

We’ve got a choice of everything your little boy or girl could ever want to dress up as and, what’s more, we’ve slashed pounds and pennies off loads of them!

Take a look below to see our last minute bargains for your child’s World Book Day:

Victorian Poor Boy costume

What can we say, even a poor Victorian boy could afford this costume! At £9.99, it’s certainly one to be snapped up if your little lad wants to make an impression at school.

Victorian Girl Apron & Mop Cap

This one is even more of a bargain. For just under six quid, your girl can really look the part when it comes to learning about the Victorian era.

Robin Hood children’s costume

We have a costume that doubles up as Robin Hood and the magical Peter Pan, but this one is the costume of choice for any dedicated fan of the bow-and-arrow-wielding do-gooder.

Child Burglar costume

If your little boy might is a cheeky devil at times, this might be the perfect fancy dress costume for him. Just make sure he keeps his hands out of the cookie jar!

Child Belle Classic Disney costume

Ask any little girl about their favourite character from her favourite story and she’ll say Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This delightfully yellow dress even has a picture of Belle on the front, so there’s no mistaking who she is on World Book Day.

Children’s Medieval Lord costume

With sizes up to aged 10, this costume is the right choice for every young wannabe medieval lord! Don’t forget the crusader set that comes with the vital shield, an axe and an almighty sword.

20 Amazing World Book Day Costumes for your Kids Comments Off

Posted on January 23, 2013 by admin

World Book Day is fast approaching, so it’s time we all start planning for our world book day costumes for our kids on the big day!

We’ve pulled together 20 of the best costumes – 10 girls, 10 boys – for you and your child to make the perfect choice on the 7th March, so have a look through and let us know your favourite!

1.       Harry Potter deluxe school robe

Wingardium leviosa! Levitate your child to the top of the class by sending him to school in a Harry Potter costume!

2.       Joseph children’s costume

Take it back to the sacred times of baby Jesus and dress your child up as Joseph on World Book Day. It’s an excellent and affordable choice for the big day.

3.       Child Horrid Henry costume

Horrid Henry has made a bit of name for himself – so much so that he’s a popular choice for children’s costumes in March every year.

4.       Oompa Loompa factory worker children’s costume

It’s hard to not recognise the Oompa Loompa, no matter how old you are. It’ll be hard to recognise your own child in this convincing outfit from the Wizard of Oz!

5.       Lil’ Hobo costume

If your lil’ man feels like dossing it at school for a day, kit him out in this lil’ hobo costume! It comes complete with the bow tie and hankerchief!

6.       Deluxe Robin Hood/Peter Pan boy costume

Who wouldn’t want a costume that doubles up as two great characters from years gone by?! In the morning, he can be archer vigilante Robin Hood, in the afternoon, he can transform into the magical wunderkind Peter Pan!

7.       Where’s Wally children’s costume

Where’s Wally is where it’s at. This is a very popular costume that will sell out quick, so make sure you find out who your lad wants to be before it’s too late.

8.       Dennis the Menace children’s costume

The little boy in you might make you want to dress up as Dennis the Menace yourself, but this is strictly for kids only…sorry dads!

9.       Sherlock Holmes boy costume

If he fancies himself as a bit of a detective at school, this is the ideal costume for him. Sherlock Holmes never fails to impress.

10.   Poor Victorian boy children’s costume

Talk about roughing it. Take your boy back to the Victorian times to teach him just how they used to live and dress – there are no football shirts in sight here!

11.   Alice costume

Alice is the perfect choice for every little girl who just wants to dream a little! This classic costume is bound to make her the cutest in the class!

12.   Children’s Mary costume

To match the boys’ Joseph costume, this Mary costume is the perfect choice for a World Book Day with a religious theme.

13.   Harry Potter Gryffindor children’s robe

Harry Potter is still taking the world by storm and that shows in the quality of this Gryffindor costume. Make it a magical day for your little girl with this one!

14.   Where’s Wally Wenda girls’ costume

Where’s Wally isn’t himself without wee Wenda. Complete with the classic round-framed glasses, this costume is sure to make an impact at school on the 7th March.

15.   Dorothy children’s costume

Every girl has got to dress up as Dorothy at some point in their childhood, so perhaps this is the one for your child.

16.   Miss Muffet children’s costume

Miss Muffet is the perfect choice if your little girl wants to scare the boys off with that gigantic spider on her dress!

17.   Child Juliet costume

If she fancies herself as a bit of a romantic, this Juliet costume has to be the costume of choice for your girl.

18.   World War II girls evacuee costume

This is one of the most popular children’s costumes at this time of year. The World War II costume will get her in the mood to learn a bit more about the trouble and strife of our predecessors.

19.   Posh Victorian girl children’s costume

Going a couple more generations back, we get to the Victorian costumes. This posh outfit will have her speaking in RP before the school day ends!

20.   Child Belle classic Disney costume

Every little girl wants to be Belle. This delightfully cute yellow dress costume will have all the beastly boys at school chasing her round the playground.

The Cutest Kids’ Costumes on Pinterest! Comments Off

Posted on January 16, 2013 by admin

We were surfing around the social media darling that is Pinterest this morning and came across some pretty adorable kids’ costumes, so we thought we’d share them with you right here. Prepare to be overwhelmed with cute!

1.       Homemade Piñata costume

Pinterest user: Rachel @ SunScholars

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2.       Homemade Owl costume

Pinterest user: Patty Schaffer

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3.       Big Bird costume

Pinterest user: Heather Mann

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4.       Melon baby

Pinterest user: Annabel Karmel

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5.       Masked Owl costume

Pinterest user: Melissa Saulsbury

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Top Kids Costumes for 2013! Comments Off

Posted on January 08, 2013 by admin

We all dress up because we’re all kids, everyone knows that. But when it comes to genuine kids costumes for our own little ones, it’s fair to say that some of us get even more excited!

2013 is set to be a great year for children and fancy dress, especially in March with World Book Day in the UK and Ireland (now only eight weeks away!). Here we take a look at some of the best costumes for children out there:

Deluxe Robin Hood boy costume

Every little lad wants to be Robin Hood. Whether it’s for a birthday party or a school celebration like World Book Day, this is perfect to put a smile on every boy’s face. What’s more, it also doubles up as a brilliant Peter Pan costume!

Deluxe Dorothy children’s costume

If Robin Hood is a little lad’s dream, the Dorothy costume is just right for the girls! We can’t provide wee Toto to sit by her side, but the costume is sure to take everyone back to the nostalgia of the Wizard of Oz!

Where’s Wally children’s costume

One of classic costumes for all ages, Where’s Wally is always a winner. This officially licenced costume is the ideal choice for World Book Day for your boy.

Where’s Wally Wenda girls’ costume

The character is not just restricted to boys, either, as we have this brilliant girls’ costume of the same ilk. Upset the apple cart and send an unexpected Where’s Wenda to school on World Book Day!