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Group Fancy Dress Ideas Comments Off on Group Fancy Dress Ideas

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


Fancy dress is much more fun in a group, don’t you think? There’s safety in numbers and if you feel a bit self conscious in your costume it’s always reassuring when there are a group of friends who all look just as daft as you!

Here are our top five ideas for group fancy dres…


1. Oompa Loompas
Willy Wonka didn’t just have the one oompa loompa dancing around his factory singing, you know! Look; there were loads of them…

2. Crayons!
How often do you see just one crayon on its own? Hardly ever. These things travel in packs, ya know! (see what we did there…)

3. Ghostbusters
Who ya gonna call! With the remake on its way this is a great idea for groups. You can draw straws for who will be Slimer!

4. The Smurfs!
This is great for a group of people because realistically, who remembers any of the smurfs any way? Well, there was Pappa Smurf, and the girl one, but the rest? Just little blue dudes with white hats. Perfect.

5. The Village People
Well, do you really need an explanation for this one?


We’d love to see some photos of your group fancy dress outfits. Share your favourites on our Facebook page!

Today is Pop Music Chart Day! Comments Off on Today is Pop Music Chart Day!

Posted on January 04, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


Today is Pop Music Chart Day! When was the last time you investigated the pop music charts? Well, today is the day! Not just for looking into what’s at number 1 right now, but celebrating chart music throughout the years!

The UK Singles Chart was first compiled in 1952; since then there have been over 1200 chart toppers, so there are plenty of songs to choose from. Why not choose a chart topper to dress up as for the day?

Here are some of our favourite chart music fancy dress ideas…


It has to be Elvis, doesn’t it? Can you believe The King had no less than 21 UK number ones. The most recent was in 2005, but his very first was in June 1957 with All Shook Up. He stayed at the top spot for 7 weeks!


Can you guess? The Beatles, obviously! With 17 UK number ones, they were almost as big as Elvis. Their first was in May 1963 with From Me To You.


Abba had seven number one singles in the 1970s – and more importantly, they’re super fun to dress up as!


Madonna – it has to be Madonna, doesn’t it? She had six number one singles in the 80s and her look (in the 80s, at least) had 1980s written all over it!


Ooh, now this one is a toss up between the Spice Girls and Take That, both of whom had 8 number ones in the 1990s… but the Spice Girls are so much more fun to dress up as – and so much more instantly recognisable!


Westlife had the most number one singles in the 2000s, with 11 chart toppers. But unless you’ve several mid-20s Irish heart throbs to stand behind you crooning, they can be a little tricky to pull off… Next on the list is Eminem – and he’s a little easier to dress up as! Or you could always do an updated Madonna look, since she managed 5 UK number ones in the 2000s.


Hmm, this decade is literally only just half way through. So far the artist with the most number ones is Bruno Mars. Although he did go through a phase of wearing that funny hat, he’s a bit tricky to dress up as and everyone know who you came as. In fact, this decade doesn’t really have a fancy dress front runner… let’s hope things pick up in the second half!

Our 5 Favourite Fancy Dress Guinness World Records Comments Off on Our 5 Favourite Fancy Dress Guinness World Records

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Around this time of year, the Guinness World Records annual appears in the shops and we all marvel at what bonkers records have been set in the last 12 months. To celebrate this, here are our five favourite Guinness world records involving fancy dress:



1. Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Spider-Man

On July 28th this year, 438 people in Sydney, Australia dressed as Spider-Man and got together for a bit of a gathering. All of the participants were dressed in the original blue and red Amazing Spider-Man costume.

2. Largest Toga Party

Another Australian record! This featured 3,700 people dressed in togas on February 24th, 2012 in Brisbane. Organised by the University of Queensland Union and Queensland University of Technology, the event was actually a celebration of the end of orientation week.

3. Most People Wrapped as Mummies

This record was broken in London on June 19th, when hundreds of parent bloggers attending the Brit Mums Live conference . 51 Mummies were wrapped in toilet paper – breaking the existing record by just one mummy!

4. Largest Drag Queen Stage Show

On July 26th 2014, the largest drag queen stage show took place in Columbus, Ohio – with 55 participants. This sounds like one that could be set to topple soon – surely we can rustle up 56 drag queens for a stage show?

5. Largest Gathering of Spice Girls Impersonators

Who doesn’t love a good Spice Girls fancy dress outfit? The great news about this record is that according to the Guinness World Records website, it’s still up for grabs! Could you and your friends claim this record for your own?

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day! Comments Off on Get Ready for Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Get Ready for Valentine's Day

The cards have been in the shops since Christmas, so you could be forgiven for getting a bit complacent about it – but you won’t be forgiven if you actually forget about it! This Saturday is 14th February – Valentine’s Day!

Don’t panic though; Fancy Dress Ball has got your back on this one!

The tradition is to buy a lady a dozen red roses and take her out for a hugely overpriced dinner, in a crowded restaurant where you sit surrounded by other couples, under immense pressure to be romantic and have a good time. We don’t think any of that is very romantic though, or much fun.

We think a much better idea would be to dress up in Valentine’s fancy dress and woo your lover with something a bit different. We love the idea of dressing up as a gangster, from the 1929 St Valentine’s DayMassacre.

Another great idea is to have matching his ‘n’ hers costumes – possibly the one night of the year when this is acceptable! How about being Superman and Supergirl, or a caveman and a cavewoman?

These days lots of places are throwing fancy dress parties for Valentine’s Day – they’ve realised that people would rather go out and have fun than be crowded into a restaurant and pay twice the usual price for a meal.

If you can’t find a Valentine’s fancy dress party locally, why not organise one yourself? There’s still time, and we bet loads of your friends would love to come along.  Why not throw a “red” party where the only rule is that everyone must be in red, or dressed as a red character? This can be great fun as people try to decide what to dress up as.

If you’re single, or have a lot of single friends, you could always throw a matchmaking party – where only single people are allowed to go, and the host or a group of people act as matchmaker for their friends.

For party refreshments, you’ll probably want to go with a red theme! We love this super easy recipe for champagne punch. For food, a great idea is to cut sandwiches into heart shapes. This can work well for anything  really – even shop bought cookies!

If you’re really looking to go all-out with your party, why not take a look at this fab video for some top pointers?

If you do still want to send flowers to that special someone, roses are traditional but not necessarily necessary! We love the boquets in this article; they’re classically beautiful without being stereotypical.


Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day, whatever you do… though obviously, your Valentine’s Day will be better in fancy dress!

National Storytelling Week Comments Off on National Storytelling Week

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

s National Storytelling Week!


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!

Dress up as Breaking Bad Comments Off on Dress up as Breaking Bad

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Dress up as Breaking Bad


Everyone who has seen it agrees that Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever made. Everyone loves it and was completely hooked throughout all of the five seasons, and in 2013 it entered the record books as the highest-rated show of all time.

So of course, it’s the perfect show to base your fancy dress outfit on!


Walter White

The basic Walter White costume is very simple. You need a pair of beige chinos, a sensible shirt buttoned right up to the collar, and some large glasses. A bald cap would also be a good choice, as would a stick-on moustache and goatee. Job done!

Here’s a fantastic photo of Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse in the show, dressed as Walter White – and Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter, dressed as Jesse.


Yes, we know – Heisenberg is Walter White – but it’s a very different look! Okay, it’s not a very different look – essentially all you need is a hat. But still. Different character. More mean.

Meth Lab Walter/Jesse

This is brilliant, and super easy. You essentially only need one piece of clothing for it: this yellow boiler suit! This is a great costume; everyone will instantly know who you’re supposed to be… well, they might wonder whether you’re Walter or Jesse, but you can fix that with a pair of glasses!

Jesse Pinkman

Jesse’s standard outfit is a pair of way-too-baggy jeans and a massive, over-sized hoodie. Top it off with a beanie, and all you need to perfect is your swagger. You need to have a good swagger to pull of Jesse. And you need to say “b**ch” all the time too.

Skyler White

The tricky thing about Skyler is anyone knowing who you’re supposed to be. A woman with a blonde wig and a dress could be… just a woman with a blonde wig and a dress! The best way for a woman to be obviously Skyler White is to turn up at the party with Walter!

Hector Salamanca

This is a great one, and if you do it right, it’ll be really obvious who you are! You’ll need some chinos, a short sleeved shirt and a straw fedora hat… oh, and a wheelchair, a service bell like you would find on a hotel reception, and some clear plastic tubing to thread behind your ears and under your nose. Hey presto! The service bell will show people exactly who you’re supposed to be.

Here’s a fantastic photo of Bryan Cranston (who plays Walter) dressed as Hector at a Breaking Bad wrap party:

Game of Thrones Fancy Dress Comments Off on Game of Thrones Fancy Dress

Posted on January 19, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Game of Thrones Fancy Dress

Winter is coming… er… well, actually it’s already here! We’ve already shown you how to throw an epic Game of Thrones party, including dressing up as Khaleesi. Here are some more ideas for Game of Thrones fancy dress.

The Night’s Watch

Things you will need to dress up as the Night’s Watch:

  • a great big sword
  • a cloak made from animal fur (faux, obviously)
  • black trousers and top
  • combat boots
  • a very serious, scowly face.

If you want to go as a particular character from the Night’s Watch, the best way to distinguish between them is the hair!

King Joffrey

The thing about King Joffrey is, he’s a big old spoilt brat – and it’s that more than the outfit that will pull off your costume! You will of course need to have blonde hair and a crown, and a tunic that comes down to your knees or thereabouts.  Joffrey also usually has a sword about his person, so you’ll need one of those. Most of all though, you need to practise that “sucking a lemon” pout.

Tyrion Lannister

Er… you need to be pretty short to pull this one off, what with him being a dwarf and all.  Basically, you need a pair of boots that are a bit too big for you, a dagger rather than a sword (a sword would drag along the floor behind him so he has a dagger on his belt), and a tunic made out of some thick, itchy-looking material.

Ned Stark

Sean Bean has famously played a string of characters who all met a grizzly end early on – and Ned Stark was no exception. This would be a great costume to put together – you’ll need a spike and a fake head, and loads of fake blood. Put a wig on the fake head and impale it on the spike, then dress yourself up as a headless body. This one’s sure to gain a few admirers!

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister is Joffrey’s mother, and not a very nice lady. To dress as Cersei you will need a long dress with a fitted top, long arms and a full skirt. This along with a long, curly blonde wig should do the trick – just practise doing the female version of Joffrey’s lemon-sucking face!

So there you have it; five great costume ideas to dress up as a Game of Thrones character. Of course, if you want to be a little different you could go as Hodor (you’d need to be very tall and big to pull it off though), or perhaps Arya or Catelyn Stark.


It’s Just a Jump to the Left… The Best Rocky Horror Fancy Dress! Comments Off on It’s Just a Jump to the Left… The Best Rocky Horror Fancy Dress!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Rocky Horror Fancy Dress


Who doesn’t love the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Whether you’re going to see a live show, or just going to a fancy dress party, Rocky Horror costumes are fantastic fun to dress up in.

Rocky Horror has a massive cult following across the globe, with people going all-out to dress up as their favourite characters when they go to see the stage show. There is a great tradition of audience participation at the shows, and at screenings of the movie.

So if you’re going to see a show, or the movie, or to a party, who will you dress up as?


Although she’s not in it much, Magenta is a favourite character for fancy dress. Named in the credits as “a dometic,” Magenta is the castle maid – so in order to dress as her, you will need a maid outfit.

Another requirement is big, bushy, wig – and bright red lipstick.


Columbia is another favourite for fancy dress. Credited as “a groupie,” she sports a sparky gold jacket and matching top hat sparkly bodice and hot pants, cropped red hair and a squeaky voice. Basically, get hold of as much glitter as possible, and cover your outfit in it.

Riff Raff

He might not look particularly glamorous, but Riff Raff is a really popular Rocky Horror character – possibly because in the movie, he is played by Richard O’Brien, the Rocky Horror Show’s Creator.  To dress as Riff Raff, you need a balding head with the remaining hair long, lank and blond, an ill-fitting suit, and a bit of a hunch back (a small pillow under your jacket should do it). Don’t forget to practise that creepy sneer!

Dr Frank N Furter

We saved the best for last! You will need a corset, some stockings and suspenders, red lipstick, offensively high heels… perhaps a blood-stained doctor’s cover-all for the lab scenes.

Any Other Character

Don’t worry if you don’t fancy one of the main characters; the beauty of Rocky Horror is that there are so many people to choose from!

Costume essentials:

  • Heavy eye make up and bright red lipstick
  • Stockings and suspenders
  • Novelty sunglasses (star shapes are best)
  • A corset – sparkly if you like!
  • Ridiculous heels – or if you can’t walk in those, platforms
  • A feather boa
  • A sparkly top hat or novelty party hat

As long as you’re wearing some or all of these, you can pass as a character from Rocky Horror easily – and have a fantastic time!


Oh, one last thing you’ll need to know… you’ll need to learn this dance (of course)


Join the #ZombieRevolution! Comments Off on Join the #ZombieRevolution!

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball



Everyone loves a good protest, right?

And zombies have rights, just the same as living, breathing humans, right?

Xavier Cornell lived a happy life in eighteenth-century Oxford… until 1746, when he was involved in  the War of Jenkin’s Ear. Cornell was a part of the ground assault that was successfully opposed by Spanish troops. Cornell’s body was returned to the family estate in Oxford, where he was buried alongside his ancestors. You could be forgiven for thinking that was the end of his story, but 150 years later, Cornell woke up.

He’s awake, and he’s angry that as a zombie, he doesn’t have the same rights as living humans. Why is that? He should be able to live his life as he wishes, eating brains and groaning his stumbling way around town, right?

Now known as Mr Zom B. Hoarde, he is now a political activist, campaigning tirelessly (and sometimes incomprehensibly) for zombie rights. The next protest is is on 23rd October at Waterloo East Station in London… will you join us in protesting for zombie rights? After all, zombies are (or were) humans too!

You can find out more about the protests on the Zombie Revolution website, which will be kept updated… as long as our webmasters don’t go and get their brains sucked out! To help you on the way, here are six little-known facts about zombies:

  • George A Romero is often referred to as the “Father of the Modern Zombie. ” He has written and directed more zombie movies than anyone in history.
  • According to zombie lore, the only way to kill a zombie is to damage its brain or chop off its head. So protect your head and neck at all times when you’re protesting!
  • According to Haitian folklore, you can “free” a zombie by feeding them salt. That doesn’t mean they become human again though; it means their body will return to the grave. Never accept chips from a stranger; you never know whether they’ll have salt on them!
  • There is a law in Haiti that makes it a crime to turn someone into a zombie. Bear this in mind when you’re lonely on holiday; you might want to make yourself a new pal, but you won’t enjoy the prison time that goes with it!
  • A disease called Yaws can actually make people look like zombies. It causes painful, oozing sores on the face, legs, arms and feet. The painful wounds on the soles of the feet often cause the sufferer to walk in a slow, zombie-like shuffle. Not everyone who looks like a zombie is one!
  • Zombies don’t have any superpowers other than being the walking dead; in fact, they have fewer abilities than they did when they were alive. Definitely bear this in mind when you’re protesting: you might be the walking dead, but you can’t fly or anything so don’t get too big for your boots!

Enjoy the protest!

Freshers’ Fancy Dress Comments Off on Freshers’ Fancy Dress

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball


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Freshers’ Week is almost upon us, and to us that means one very exciting thing: tons of themed fancy dress parties!

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There are always loads of themed fancy dress parties for Freshers’ Week; all of the local bars usually have events on and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow students whilst also having a great time!

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You don’t need to spend a fortune on outfits though; if there are several themed events you’ll want to keep your outfits as low-budget as possible (don’t worry, everyone else will too!)

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In this photo, you can see the main costume is a onesie with a bit of face paint. Head bands and hats are also a good place to start!

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In fact, let’s just get one thing straight right now: all students need a onesie.

We’re sure that’s written somewhere in your prospectus.  The more ridiculous/novelty, the better.

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And if you’re really strapped for cash (or, you know, lazy), you can always just put on a bit of make up and a novelty headband and say you’re a mouse!

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