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Fancy a Round of Pub Golf? Comments Off on Fancy a Round of Pub Golf?

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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If you’re heading off for a round of pub golf, then you really do need to invest in some pub golf fancy dress! But first of all, let’s just make sure we all know how to play the game, shall we?

In order to play pub golf, you need to select either nine or eighteen pubs – each pub is a “hole” on your golf course. Pub golf is basically a pub crawl – there is no ball, no five iron, and most probably no grass. It’s more organised than your standard pub crawl though – you decide on the “holes” before you begin – and also on the designated drink and par number.

For example, you might have hole 8 – par 5 – pint of lager.

This would mean that in the eighth pub you visit, you must order a pint of lager and drink it in five gulps.

In each bar you mark on your scorecard how many gulps you took to finish your drink. For every gulp over the par number, you receive another score mark – so in our example, if a person finishes their pint in six gulps, they get a +1 on their scorecard.

The aim of the game is to reach the eighteenth hole with the lowest score of all your friends.

There are of course variations on the game, including special rules for birthdays, holes with a water hazard, meaning nobody can use the toilets while there, and other such hilarity. There are also often penalties for things like spilling a drink or falling over.

For full details, there’s a handy website called Pub Golf Guide that can help you to organise your event.

It is generally required that if you are enjoying a round of pub golf, you should look the part. All the best pub golf rounds require that participants dress up. For one thing, this distinguishes pub golfers from random people in the pub who are just being a bit funny about how they drink their drinks!  You can go for a standard golfing costume if you like, but for a lot of people, if you’re going to the effort of wearing a pub golf fancy dress costume – then you may as well go to the effort! Our favourite is this zombie golfer – because as the night goes on, the drinking can only add to your (already amazing) zombie shuffle!

Have you had a pub golf event recently? If so, we’d love to see some photos! Why not come and share them on our Facebook page?

 

London Marathon Fancy Dress Ideas Comments Off on London Marathon Fancy Dress Ideas

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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As if running one of the most popular marathons in the world weren’t enough, lots of people opt to do it in fancy dress – something we applaud wholeheartedly. Not only is it commendable to run such a distance at all, but in fancy dress it is probably a little harder – and looks a lot better!

The trick with running such a long distance in fancy dress is to choose an outfit that’s not too bulky or heavy, and preferably as close to your normal running kit as possible… or at least something you can wear your normal running kit under. Here are our top picks:

Morphsuits

The obvious choice, don’t you think? You might end up having to break a hole in the face to allow better air access, but being skintight, something like this shouldn’t hamper your running efforts too much – and if you choose a funny character one, should be quite amusing for spectators and other runners!

Superheroes

There’s just something about running around with a cape billowing out behind you, don’t you think? Again, a lot of superhero costumes are fairly tight so won’t get in your way – and if you wanted, you could wear just the cape with your normal running gear underneath.

A Marathon Runner

Durr, yes, we know if you’re running the London Marathon you’re already technically a marathon runner – but this costume is so easy to wear over existing running gear! Aside from the bright red heels, which you might find a little hard to run in, the rest of the outfit makes a pretty good marathon fancy dress costume!

A Zombie

Well, you know how we love zombies! Not necessarily the most practical of costumes, but we just love the idea of a sea of people running over London Bridge with a zombie or two running after their brains! The beauty of this costume is that you can do as much or as little as you want – full face of makeup, crazy outfit, or just some fake blood and effects over your existing running kit.

A Lego Man

Ok, hands up, this is probably the least practical marathon fancy dress outfit there is – but it’s the one most likely to get you chatting to one of the BBC reporters on your way round, if that’s your thing! You’re also likely to end up in several newspapers’ “great fancy dress outfits from the London Marathon” features the following day. If you want to get your (lego) face in the paper, this is the fancy dress costume for you!

 

If you’re running the London Marathon this year, good luck! Enjoy the incredible atmosphere of one of the most popular, prestigious races on Earth – an awesome day out, whether you’re in fancy dress or not!

World Book Night: Five Top Costumes Comments Off on World Book Night: Five Top Costumes

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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This Thursday 23rd April is World Book Night. This is an annual celebration of reading where volunteers all over the UK hand out thousands of free books to people in their community. Unlike World Book Day, this is a more grown-up affair aimed at encouraging adults to read more.

So, which character will you choose to dress as? Here are our five favourite costumes for World Book Night…

 

1. The Wicked Witch of the West

Everyone thinks of the Wicked Witch of the West as being from The Wizard of Oz – which she was, originally –  but Wicked: The Live and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was published in 1995, and has since been made into a hit musical. The trick to being recognised as the Wicked Witch of the West, as opposed to any other witch, is the green skin.

 

2. Darth Vader

We know the films are incredibly famous, but there is also a series of books and graphic novels – and one is named The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader. Only a real die-hard Star Wars fan will have read all the books though – but who could pass up a chance to be Darth Vader for the night?

 

3. Snow White

Before Walt Disney got his hands on her, Snow White was a well-loved story book character, originating from a German fairy tale. She first appeared in Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1812 – however the dwarves were not given names until the story was made into a Broadway play in 1912, and then Disney gave them different names when they released their iconic cartoon of the story in 1937.

 

4. Captain Hook

Peter Pan’s archenemy might be best known for his representations on screen, but he originally came to life in the pages of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow up published in 1904. Hook is famously followed relentlessly by the crocodile who ate his hand (cut off by Peter Pan), but the ticking clock it has swallowed always alerts Hook to its presence. If you’re going to do this costume right, you should get a toy crocodile to “follow” you around.

5. Tinker Bell

As with Hook, Tinker Bell first came to lift as a character in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan book. In the book, it is explained that a fairy’s size prevents her from having one feeling at a time – and she is sometimes ill-tempered, spoilt, jealous and vindictive.

 

Whatever you are doing this World Book Night, make sure it involves a book!

St George’s Day is Coming! Comments Off on St George’s Day is Coming!

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

St George's Day Fancy Dress

 

Thursday 23rd April is St Georges’ Day – and what better way to celebrate than in fancy dress! Here are our top 5 picks for English fancy dress:

1. St George Knight

The traditional is often the best – and they don’t come more traditional than this!

St George's Day Knight

2. Boer War Soldier

If you’re not up for the usual soldier costume, tbis one’s a little different!

Boer War Soldier Costume

3. Ginger Spice

What could be more English (British?) than wearing a Union Jack dress?

Ginger Spice costume

4. Union Jack Suit

An altogether more classy option, don’t you think?

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5. Wills and/or Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the hottest thing about England these days: first they got married, then they had Prince George, now they’re having another royal baby! Join in with the patriotism with these handy masks!

William Kate Mask

 

 

Back to the 80s – A Guide for Men Comments Off on Back to the 80s – A Guide for Men

Posted on April 13, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Back to the 80s- A Guide for Men

 

Who doesn’t love the 1980s? It was such a fantastic decade, with so many difference fancy dress options to choose from.  Here are our favourites:

 

Freddie Mercury
The 1980s really was Queen’s decade. They had hit after hit after hit throughout the ’80s and everyone loves all of them! Freddie Mercury’s trademark moustache and yellow leather jacket have become instantly recognisable… all you need to do is brush up on your performance skills… the Show Must Go On…

Adam Ant
Another incredibly iconic look, Adam and the Ants were massive proponents of the New Romantic era, with their amazing outfits and memorable dances. If you like your make up, and you want to be Price Charming, this is the 1980s costume for you! Ridicule is nothing to be scared of…

Teen Wolf
Michael J Fox wasn’t just Marty McFly, you know. He also played the original Teen Wolf in 1985 – before it was made into a TV show. This outfit comes with gloves, a wig and a beard – so all you need to worry about is your wolfy growl! Awooooo!

Timmy Mallet
Every child of the 1980s remembers Wacaday, where Timmy Mallet and his cockatiel Magic played Mallets Mallet with contestants who either won an amazing prize such an LP, or a big plaster with “WAC” written on it. (They don’t do TV show budgets like they used to!) All together now… Mallets Mallet is the word association game where you mustn’t pause, mustn’t hesitate, repeat a word  or you get a bash on the head like this or like this. The one with the most bruises loses. Look at each other and say Blaahhh!

Honey Monster
When we weren’t dancing to Queen or Adam and the Ants, we were watching Teen Wolf or Wacaday and eating our Sugar Puffs, right? This costume will take you right back to your childhood with a mask, jacket, gloves and furry boot covers to ensure you look just like the real deal. Now all you need to do is practise going “monster mad for the honey!”

Fantastic St Patrick’s Day Costumes Comments Off on Fantastic St Patrick’s Day Costumes

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, when we all traditionally remember our Irish roots – however distant or imagined!  St Patrick’s Day is the Irish national day, but since Irish people have emigrated to countries all over the globe. it’s an international celebration. Here are 5 great costume ideas:

1. Leprechaun
Well, obviously! A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, known for being mischievous. Leprechauns are usually depicted wearing a green jacket and hat, often with a large brass buckle.  A leprechaun is a great choice for St Patrick’s Day Fancy Dress as you’re expected to be up to mischief and giggling  – perfect for lots of fun!

 

2. A Pint of the Black Stuff
If there’s one thing we associate with Ireland, it’s black Irish stout (mentioning no brand names). It’s often said you won’t get a proper pint of the black stuff outside of Ireland, where it will take several minutes to pour. Outside of Ireland, Irish people are forever telling bar staff where they’re going wrong! Why not dress as a pint, and delight in showing everyone just how much you know about Irish stout!

 

3. A Smart Suit
Why not buck the trend of silly, over-sized hats and go for something a little more classy? We love this Oppo Suit because it allows you to get into the spirit of celebrations without going too overboard – and whilst retaining a certain element of style you would find it hard to keep whilst dressed as a tiny green leprechaun!

 

4. Green Wig
If full St Patrick’s Day fancy dress is a little much for you on a Tuesday evening, why not just opt for a comedy green wig, and perhaps some novelty shades? You’re dressed up enough to gain entry to the party, but it’s minimal effort and fuss – and more importantly, won’t get in the way of a drink!

 

5. Green!
In massive contrast to Number 4, the option for those who don’t reall want to get into it, we present the option for someone who really wants to get into the spirit of the celebration! Buy some face and body paint (you might need more than one pot) and paint to your heart’s content. Wear whatever outfit takes your fancy, and accessorise with comedy hats, novelty sunglasses, wigs, whatever you fancy. You’ll definitely be the highlight of the St Patrick’s Day evening!

It’s Toy Soldier Day! Comments Off on It’s Toy Soldier Day!

Posted on March 04, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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March 4th is Toy Soldier Day!

Ok, actually Toy Soldier Day is not about those brilliant little green figues you used to love playing with as a child;  it’s actually a day for fans of all role playing  activities to get together. Every year toy soldiers, nurses, scouts all get together to celebrate and have fun.

We love this day because it’s all about having fun – and dressing up. That’s a winning combination in our book! The Toy Soldiers Unite website suggests a group of people (in full fancy dress, obviously) heading to the park for a mass water gun showdown.

The Army of Toy Soldiers is all about fighting boredom and mundanity, infiltrating societies across the globe with the aim of creating a Utopian Playland. We love this idea of spreading more cheer, especially since it involves fancy dress.

The Army of Toy Soldiers is linked to Dr Steel, who began his career by putting on shows with puppets and video projection to explain the meaning of his steampunk songs. His popularity has grown over the years, with him portrayed as a mad scientist determined to take over the world, becoming Emperor. His Army of Toy Soldiers was created to help him in this mission. Their job is to promote Dr Steel’s philosophy of freedom of thought and subjective reality. This is often done by “invasions” where a group of toy soldiers will invade a space – usually a theme park. Don’t worry if you don’t have a theme park to invade though; you could invade your work, or even your local supermarket with a group of your friends!

The best part about Toy Soldier Day is dressing up, obviously. It’s a little late to order a soldier costume online now, but you can still have fun pretending to be a toy soldier with a water gun, some khaki trousers and a bit of war paint on your face! The idea is not to look fierce… more fiercely playful!

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month Comments Off on Celebrate Women’s History Month

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

s HIstory Month!March is Women’s History Month; there are bound to be loads of great events going on all over the country to celebrate.

A great way to celebrate is to dress up as your favourite woman from history. Here are a few suggestions:

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Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. She also famously disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I was the last of the Tudor monarchs, and famous for bringing a period of peace and enlightenment to England. The country thrived throughout her reign, despite many having misgivings about her abilities as a queen.

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Made famous by the Disney movie, Pocahontas was a real woman, princess of the Powhatan Tribe. She helped to establish peace between her tribe and the colonists.

Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great was Empress of Russia and widened the country’s boundaries during her reign. A very powerful Russian Empress, she was of course feared by many and incredibly strong.

Queen Victoria
“We are not amused!” Victoria was Britain’s longest ruling monarch (soon to be surpassed by our current Queen Elizabeth II). The sun neverset on the Victorian British Empire, and she was known for being very tough and in control.

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale was a nurse during the Crimean War – a time when there was really no such thing as a nurse! She is famous as the founder of modern nursing, and for not listening when men said she couldn’t do something!

 

Can you think of any other women from history who would be great to dress up as?

 

 

5 Dark & Disturbing Fairy Tales for Tell a Fairy Tale Day Comments Off on 5 Dark & Disturbing Fairy Tales for Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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This Thursday 26th February is Tell a Fairy Tale Day.

These days, when we think of fairy tales we think of Disney and princesses and happily ever after, but the original fairy tales came from European folklore and were intended for an audience of adults as much as children. Many of them are fairly dark, for example the story of Bluebeard, where a violent nobleman kills his wives one after the other.

More interested in Tell a Fairy Tale Day now? The darker side of fairy tales can make them much more interesting to dress up as too. You’re not limited to princes and princesses after all!

Here are our five favourite fairy tales:

1. The Little Mermaid
We’re not talking the bright and song-filled Disney version here; the original story by Hans Christian Andersen was an entirely different kettle of fish; gory and depressing, the story is about agony and self-sacrifice. A mermaid saves a prince from drowning and falls in love with him, so she visits a sea-witch and trades her tongue for a pair of legs, even though they feel like she is walking on jagged swords, and if the prince rejects her she will be turned to sea foam. She dances for the prince, despite the pain, and he enjoys it – but then marries the girl he wrongly believes saved him. There are two endings to the story. In one, she is turned to sea foam because the prince has rejected her. In the other, she is told that killing the prince will save her, but she declines and because she hasn’t killed him she becomes a “daughter of the air.” How much of you do you recognise from the Disney movie?

2. Bluebeard
This is one of those stories that really makes you question who thought it would be a good idea to start reading fairy tales to children. A woman marries a myaterious and wealthy man who has been married several times before, but nobody knows what happened to his wives. He goes away for a time, and upon leaving forbids her from entering a room beneath the castle. She looks any way, and finds that the floor of the room is covered in blood. The dead bodies of Bluebeard’s former wives are in the room, hanging from hooks on the wall. Bluebeard returns home and finds that she has been in the room. He intends to behead her, but before he does her brothers rescue her.

3. The Children Played at Slaughtering
This story was in the original Brothers Grimm book Children’s and Household Tales – but was left out of their later publications, and we can see why. It’s a story where children play a game where one is a butcher and the other is a pig. A little boy kills his brother. His mother is enraged and kills him, an then her last remaining child drowns in the bath, so she hangs herself. Imagine turning up to a fairy tale fancy dress party dressed as one of those characters!

4.  The Robber Bridegroom
Another from the Brothers Grimm book Children’s and Household Tales, this one is about a young miller’s daughter who is to be married off to a man who seems to be respectable and well-off. One day she visits him but finds that he is not home. Instead she finds a bird who tells her to run away, and an old woman who tells her that her future husband is in fact a cannibal who likes to eat young girls. The old woman hides her under a barrel just as the man returns with his friends, and a young woman. They force the woman to drink three different coloured wines, until her heart bursts in two – at which point they strip her and begin to dismember her body. Her finger, wearing a ring, rolls under the barrel and the young girl puts it into her pocket, and then sits and watches the men feast on the body. When they are all passed out in a drunken stupour she makes her escape. At their wedding, the young girl produces the dead girl’s finger and the groom is exposed. He and his friends are all executed.

5. The Juniper Tree
This is possibly the weirdest story you will read, ever. A woman hates her step-son so much that she plans to kill him – this will ensure her husband’s inheritance will come only to the daughter she has had with him. She gets the boy to reach into a chest for an apple; as he does so, she bangs the lid down on him, thus chopping his head off. Then she props his body up in a chair and balances the head on top, covering the wound with a neck tie. The younger sister comes into the room and talks to her brother, but he doesn’t answer (obviously; he’s dead). The mother tells her daughter that if her brother doesn’t answer her, she should cuff him around the ear. The girl does this and his head falls off. She is distraught, thinking she’s killed her brother. The mother says never mind, let’s destroy the evidence – and proceeds to chop up the boy’s body and put the pieces into a big pot of stew. The father comes home and eats his tea, proclaiming it the tastiest stew he has ever eaten. He sucks the meat from the bones and throws them under the table, as the young girl watches, crying. When the father finishes his meal, the girl gathers up the bones and places them in the garden, beneath the juniper tree where his mother was buried years before. A bird then flies out of the tree, and flies around the countryside singing “my mother killed me, my father ate me!” The bird then kills the step mother and from her burning remains, the little boy appears, alive again. The father, son and daughter are reunited, and all live happily ever after.

 

Disclaimer: we really do not recommend you read any of these stories to children. Adults on the other hand, may enjoy them. And some of these characters would make fantastic fancy dress outfits!

Fancy Dress in a Suit: 5 Great Ideas Comments Off on Fancy Dress in a Suit: 5 Great Ideas

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

5 Great Fancy Dress Ideas For Your Suit

 

Stuck for fancy dress ideas? Don’t panic! If you’ve got a suit, we’ve got five great ideas for fancy dress costumes…

 

1. Clark KentClark Kent glasses
Obviously! Get some dark-rimmed specs, give yourself a side parting, and perfect your self-conscious, nervous stuttering. If you’re not surepeople will get it, put on a Superman costume under your shirt!

2. Zombie Office Worker
We love a good zombie fancy dress costume here. All you need is some fake blood and make up, and a really good zombie walk. The idea is to look like you’re undead, and walk like you’re… well, a zombie.

blues brothers3. The Blues Brothers
Who could forget Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the iconic movie? You’ll need a had and  some sunglasses… and a fantastic scowl and some amazing sideburns, of course.

4. A Gangster
Gangsters wear suits, right? Don Corleone is the most famous movie gangster, and he famously wore a suit with a bow tie and a red rose in the top pocket. For this one you’ll need some sponges to shove in the bottoms of your cheeks, and to practise saying everything in that low, husky voice. With your eyes half closed, of course! Kind of like a half-asleep Fonz.

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5. James Bond
Suave, sophisticated, classic. James Bond is timeless and perfect. Accessorise with a fake gun, a watch you can talk into, and an Aston Martin. Oh, and a Martini – shaken, not stirred.

 

What’s your favourite suit-based fancy dress costume?

 

 

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