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International Day of Awesomeness Comments Off on International Day of Awesomeness

Posted on March 09, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

AWESOMENESS

It’s The International Day of Awesomeness! People are awesome all the time, but we often don’t realise it or recognise it in others. This special day is here to recognise the awesomeness in ourselves and each other.

So how do you celebrate the International Day of Awesomeness?

Good question. The best way is to just be awesome – obviously! Find ways to highlight your particular type of awesomeness – something fun and not too serious. There’s even a hashtag you can use on Twitter.

Why is the International Day of Awesomeness on March 10th?

Because March 10th is Chuck Norris’s birthday – and nobody is more awesome than Chuck Norris. If you weren’t aware of that fact, check out this Wikipedia page all about Chuck Norris facts.

Celebration Ideas

If you’re short on ideas, here are a couple that we think might make a good celebration…

Basically, it’s just an excuse to have a bit of fun in the name of awesomeness.  And who can argue with that!

Today is Dr Seuss Day! Comments Off on Today is Dr Seuss Day!

Posted on March 02, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Today is Dr Seuss’s birthday! Did you know that Dr Seuss would have been 112 years old today? He died in 1991, but his spirit lives on in his books and characters.

Dr Seuss wrote more than 60 books over the course of his career, but perhaps the most famous was the Cat in The Hat which was originally published in 1957.

Why not throw a Seuss-themed party to celebrate this special day? Here are some ideas to help you on your way:

 

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Check out this recipe for Cat’s Hat Parfait – it’s simple to make but very effective!

 

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Click the picture for 12 fantastic Cat in the Hat activities

This blog post also has some fantastic Dr Seuss themed ideas.

And finally, of course, here is a tutorial for Cat in the Hat face paint:

 

If you’re celebrating Dr Seuss Day, don’t forget to share some photos on our Facebook page!
 

DIY Children’s Halloween Costumes Comments Off on DIY Children’s Halloween Costumes

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Halloween is on its way! Have you been invited to a Halloween party yet? These days lots of schools and nurseries allow children to come in wearing a costume, and then there are parties at youth clubs, and Brownies or Cubs or whatever else. And if you’re not doing any of that, you’re still not off the hook – because they will need a Halloween costume to go trick or treating!

Fear not! Here are X DIY Halloween costumes for children that you can knock up without too much bother…

1. Ghost

We thought we’d start with the most obvious and easy. All you need is an old bed sheet – and perhaps a belt to hold it in place. We won’t insult your intelligence by telling you to cut eye holes…

2. Skeleton

You’ll need old black trousers and a long sleeved top. You can buy a cheap plastic skeleton mask from your loal pound shop. Find a picture of a skeleton (Google “cartoon skeleton”) and use white paint or chalk pen to draw the bones onto the costume. Don’t forget to draw the bones on the back as well as the front!

Extra points if you use some creepy glow in the dark paint  for the bones!

3. Olaf from Frozen

We’ve found this super easy tutorial for making a DIY Olaf costume. All you need are white clothes to wear underneath!

4.  A Cat

This one is easier than you think. Find brown or black trousers and top for the body of the cat. For the ears, you can either buy a cheap set from the pound shop, or make your own using pieces of cardboard stuck to an alice band. Draw on some whiskers using an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil. You can make a tail using an old piece of brown or black material; either just cut a long strip and sew onto the back of the trousers, or sew a wider piece into a tube and stuff with cotton wool or old tights.

5. A Witch

You’ll need a black skirt and long-sleeved top for this one. Accessorise with a black cloak – if you don’t have one, an offcut from the fabric shop will do. You can get a witch’s hat from your local pound shop, and can use green face paint to really add to the look!

6. A White Rabbit

You’ll need an adult’s old white sweatshirt for this: the larger, the better (unless your child is very small!). Take a look at the full tutorial here.

7. Raining Cats & Dogs

This is one of those genius costumes that looks great, but is actually really simple. Find a rain poncho or old waterproof. The sort of thing you buy cheap at theme parks is perfect. Next you’ll need an old umbrella and some cuddly toys – cats and dogs, obviously. If you don’t want to hang your cuddly toys from the umbrella (poor pussies and pooches!) then you can use cut-out pictures stuck onto card. You can use a template, print it out, colour it black and stick it to card. Then you use thread to tie the cats and dogs to the umbrella. The final piece of the costume is, of course, welly boots.

 

So there you have seven super-simple DIY Halloween costume ideas for children. If you decide to try any of them, don’t forget to send us a photo on Facebook or Twitter!

Let’s Throw a Mexican Party! Comments Off on Let’s Throw a Mexican Party!

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Everyone loves guacamole, right? A lot of Mexican food can be really spicy and perhaps a bit too much to handle – but guacamole is so creamy and cool, it’s perfect for everyone.

You may have noticed that we love any excuse for a party here – and to us, Guacamole Day on Wednesday 16th September sounds an awful lot like an excuse for a Mexican themed party.

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So what if the weather is starting to cool down, autumn is beginning and everyone’s gone back to school? We can still have a fantastic fiesta!

Food & Drinks

Firstly, you want some amazing guacamole recipes like these – after all, it is Guacamole Day!

We’ve found this fantastic blog post with loads of ideas for a Mexican themed dinner party; you can use any or all of these to cater for your party!

And here are some amazing taco recipes as well.

Decoration & Games

We love these Mexican paper crafts – you can make them beforehand as decoration, or lay out a table with supplies and have your guests make their own decorations as part of the party.

Of course, you can’t have a Mexican themed party without a pinata. We’ve found this brilliant tutorial for making your own

Outfits

Oh, come on – did you really think we would have a feature on Mexican themed parties without mentioning Mexican fancy dress?! As if! We love fancy dress!

One fantastic thing we came across is this set of printables for a Mexican wrestler mask. How cool are they!

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a gazillion avocados to cut, twist and spoon in preparation for Guacamole Day on Wednesday!

It’s World Goth Day on Friday! Comments Off on It’s World Goth Day on Friday!

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

World Goth Day

This Friday is World Goth Day… are you prepared? World Goth Day is a day when the goth scene celebrates all things goth. So how can you join in?

First of all, take this handy quiz to see if you are in fact a goth already!

Next, do your make up like The Crow, the ultimate goth movie.

 

Now, go and find all the black clothing you can. You may need to buy some. If it’s PVC or leather, all the better. Buckles are also good, as is black lace (no, not Agadoo!) If you’re really stuck, take a look at our site for some great goth fancy dress costumes.

Hair is a major part of the goth look. You might not want to go the whole hog and dye your hair jet black – so a wig could be a good idea! Goths do have a wide variety of styles for their black locks, but our favourite is that of Robert Smith from The Cure. Here’s why:

 

We’ve no idea just how much back-combing and hair spray is involved in this look, but we really love it!

Alternatively, if black is a bit… dark for you, you could bleach your hair so that it’s bright white and put some coloured stripes in.

The next, and possibly most important step, is the music. Although there’s a lot of fashion and style surrounding the goth scene, it originally started in England in the early 80s after the post-punk scene. Bands to look out for are Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy.

Finally, go to the World Goth Day website and download some music and posters and… other gothy stuff.

 

And there you have it: World Goth Day for beginners!

Happy Leprechaun Day! Comments Off on Happy Leprechaun Day!

Posted on May 13, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Today, May 13th, is Leprechaun Day – an entire day devoted to those little tiny elves of Ireland.

Of course, we celebrated St Patrick’s Day earlier in the year, and leprechauns are usually a part of those celebrations – but it’s generally felt that these guardians of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow really deserve their own special day! We’re not making this up; there really is a day just for leprechauns.

The origin of this particular day is just as myserious as the leprechauns’ hiding places for their pots of gold – but it’s definitely an actual thing, and people actually celebrate it.

Leprechauns have been a large part of Irish folklore for thousands of years. Unlike traditional fairies, they have a reputation for playing tricks and being somewhat mischievous  – but they are still well-loved by all.

Lgend has it that if you can catch a leprechaun, he has to give you his pot of gold – but of course, leprechauns don’t want to give up their gold, and so can be very resourceful when it comes to defending it.

If you can’t catch a leprechaun today, a good way to celebrate is to appreciate and nourish your own pot of gold – by making a deposit to your savings account, or by looking wider at other valuable things in your life, such as friends and family.

Of course, another great way to celebrate Leprechaun Day would be to dress up as a leprechaun – and that is definitely something we can help you with! You might have noticed that here at Fancy Dress Ball we jump at any excuse for a bit of fancy dress. Hopefully all of our staff got the memo about coming in dressed as leprechauns today…

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!

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!

National Storytelling Week Comments Off on National Storytelling Week

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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This Saturday marks the beginning of the fifteenth National Storytelling Week. From 31st January to 7th February we will be celebrating the most ancient art form of them all. Everyone loves a good story; it’s something we learn to enjoy at a very young age, and which never leaves us.

National Storytelling Week celebrates all sorts of stories; from telling people how your day was, to biographies, to children’s books or even TV dramas. Storytelling is something everyone gets involved with, and is something that enriches every culture and every life.

National Storytelling Week takes part in schools, museums, hospitals, and even care homes each year. If you’d like to hold your own event, you can contact the Society for Storytelling and they will send you a pack.

What sort of storytelling event could you put on?

Grandparent Storytelling

If you have children, get them together with a group of their friends and have grandparents take turns in telling stories about their childhoods and how they were different. Children love hearing about “the olden days” – even the 1980s is “the olden days” these days!

Fancy Dress

Our favourite idea, obviously – have a party and get everyone to dress up as their favourite character from a story.  This gives you a massive scope for costumes, since every single character you can think of is a character from a story – Batman, Wonder Woman, Peter Pan. Fairytales, children’s books, heck, you could throw a Hunger Games party – Hunger Games is a story!

Consequences Party

Invite friends over and play a huge game of consequences. Remember that game from childhood, where you write the first line of a story, then fold over the top and pass it to the next person to add their line. It’s a great way of making up a really creative story and having fun, and can work with all age groups.

Put on a Community Play

The most important part of National Storytelling Week is the storytelling part of it. It’s a great chance to hear stories – both made up and real-life, from those around us. Fancy dress is a great way of immersing ourselves in that story; a community play can be a great way to get to know those around you, as well as learn new skills – and dress up!

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