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Group Fancy Dress Ideas Comments Off on Group Fancy Dress Ideas

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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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!

Adult Costumes for World Book Day Comments Off on Adult Costumes for World Book Day

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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With World Book Day just around the corner, we’re wondering why the children should have all the fun! After all, most books have adult characters too, don’t they? Here are five great World Book Day costumes for adults who don’t want to miss out on all the fun:

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1. Bert the Chimney Sweep

One of the best characters (and worst accents) the world has ever seen in a movie, Bert the chimney sweep began life in the Mary Poppins books by PL Travers. If you need a bit of inspiration for this role, check out this amazing video from last week:

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2. Mary Poppins

You can’t have one without the other now, can you! If you’ve seen the movie Saving Mr Banks you’ll know that long before Disney made her into a movie star, Mary Poppins was the beloved nanny from PL Travers’s set of enchanting children’s books. Practically perfect in every way, of course.

 

 

 

 

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3. Oompa Loompa

Everyone has heard of the oompa loompas, right? They come from Loompaland, which Willy Wonka describes as a terrible place filled with thick jungles and dangerous animals. They’ve left Loompaland to work in Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory…

 

 

 

 

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4. Odlaw from Where’s Wally

You can expect to see lots of people dressed as Where’s Wally this World Book Day, so why not try something a little different and be Odlaw instead? Odlaw is the bad guy from the Where’s Wally books; all he cares about is getting his hands on Wally’s magical walking stick.

 

 

 

 

 

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5. The Mad Hatter

One of the most famous characters, the Mad Hatter has had many forms. As well as appearing in the movie adaptations of the Alice in Wonderland books, he also appears in the TV series Once Upon a Time, as a bad guy in Batman and even in an episode of Futurama.

 

 

 

 

 

What are you dressing up as for World Book Day? Do head on over to our Facebook page and share a photo!

 

 

 

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

Posted on January 04, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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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…

1950s

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!

1960s

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.

1970s

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

1980s

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!

1990s

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!

2000s

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.

2010s

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!

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!

Back to the 60s: A Guide for Ladies Comments Off on Back to the 60s: A Guide for Ladies

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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We love 1960s themed parties; there are just so many fabulous costume options to choose from! Here are our five favourite 1960s fancy dress party outfits:

1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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If there’s one thing that screams 1960s, it’s Audrey Hepburn in a black evening gown, long cigarette holder in hand and long gloves to boot. Everyone loves the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and by arriving at your party as Holly Golightly you’ll ensure you’re instantly recognisable – and that you can get away with calling everyone Fred or dahling. Or both.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Swirly Hippie

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Think of the 60s, and we all think of hippies! We’ve loads of different hippie outfits available on the site, but this one is really swirly and floaty; we love it, maaann!

 

 

 

 

 

3. Operation

 

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The board game Operation was invented in 1964 by an American university professor. It continues to be amazingly popular to this day, and this costume is instantly recognisable as the well-loved game. Even better, there’s a male version of the costume too – so if you’re going with your partner, you can have matching his ‘n’ hers costumes!

 

 

 

 

 

4. Tie Dye Hippie

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Okay, we know we’ve already featured one hippie outfit, but there are just so many to choose from – and they’re all so different! Tie dye patterns are synonymous with the 1960s but the bright colours on this outfit are great for a party atmosphere too.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Swinging 60s Dress

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The swinging 60s were full of ladies wearing funky mini dresses in bright, block colours. This dress is perfect for that look, with the bright black and pink blocks and matching hat. Team it with some knee-high platform boots and OTT, thick, fake lashes for maximum effect!

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

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Everyone loves a good, old fashioned eighties party, right? We love a little bit of nostalgia, especially when it involves leg warmers and shoulder pads, right? Here are our top five ideas for fantastic eighties fancy dress costumes…

1. Rubik’s Cube

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If there’s one thing that screams “1980s” it’s a Rubik’s Cube. We all spent endless hours trying to solve the thing, and then people started appearing on chat shows, solving them in minutes or even seconds. Never mind, there’s always the fool proof cheat of just swapping the stickers around!

2. Cyndi Lauper

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Girls just wanna have fun, right? The great part about this costume is that if you get a ladder in your tights or smudge your make up… it just adds to the look you were going for in the first place!

3. Workout Chic

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Breakfast telly in the 1980s was full of people dressed like this… and then we all went out in the evening to our local community centre to prance about at an aerobics class in leg warmers and leotards and hope we looked the same as the people on the telly!

4. Wonder Woman

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Superheroes are really big at the moment, so this is a really great costume… and has the added bonus of a cape. What’s not to love?

5. Tina Turner

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What’s love got to do with it… The key to this outfit is not just having the heels, but owning the heels – and practising your dance steps well in advance so that you can give a brilliant Tina performance!

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

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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?

 

 

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