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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:

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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?

Are You Ready for Superman Day? Comments Off on Are You Ready for Superman Day?

Posted on June 10, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Superman Day

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

No! It’s Superman… Day!

 

This Friday 12th June is Superman Day, a day to celebrate all things Clark Kent.

Superman was first created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel in 1933. He was so successful that in 1939 he got his very own comic and since then, he’s gone from strength to strength with comic books, video games, several different movie incarnations, t shirts, stickers, costumes, novels, numerous TV shows and even Smallville, about Clark Kent’s life before he became Superman.

We think the best way to celebrate Superman Day is to dress up as Superman, of course! If you’re a big fan you could throw a Superman themed party, with a cake , Kryptonite bars (sponge cake with green food colouring), and of course a big trampoline so everyone can practise flying.

You could buy a Superman cake, but where’s the fun in that? Here’s a great tutorial (from good old You Tube!) to help you create your own Super masterpiece:

You could also make mini cupcakes with the Superman logo, and Kryptonite drinks for your friends (enemies?) with good old fashioned limeade or green colouring in lemonade.

The absolute most important part of your Superman party, though? A phone box so that Clark Kent can transform into his altarego and get the party started!

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

Back to the 80s a guide for ladies

 

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!

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!

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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!

10 Last Minute Fancy Dress Ideas for New Year’s Eve Comments Off on 10 Last Minute Fancy Dress Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

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That week between Christmas and New Year just sort of disappears, doesn’t it! You spend most of the time trying to figure out what day it is, with New Year’s Eve being some mythical date somewhere in the future… and then before you know it, it’s December 31st, you’re going to a party tonight and you’ve just realised it’s fancy dress!

What can you do?

There’s always the option of doing a Wednesday Addams: “I’m a homicidal maniac; they look just like everybody else” – but frankly, that is a cop out and although you might think it seems really cool… all of your friends who have gone to the effort of putting a costume together will not be so impressed!

Here are a few last-minute ideas to get you through that fancy dress party tonight:

1. Put your pants on outside of your trousers, make a mask from a piece of material, and a cape out of a sheet or duvet cover  – and make up a silly super hero name! Who says you have to be one of the ones the comics have already thought of? Think outside of that box, and be your own superhero!

2. Collect up all the discarded chocolate wrappers from the floor (don’t pretend there aren’t any down there!) and fix them onto your jumper; you can go as a box of chocolates! This one has an added bonus: if there really are no wrappers lying about, you have the perfect excuse to eat what’s left of the Christmas chocolates, in order to make a costume!

3. A toga! Grab a sheet from the airing cupboard, and follow these simple instructions:

 

4. Raid your wardrobe. Do you have a suit? James Bond! Some leggings, vest tops, bangles, necklaces? Madonna!  A black dress and some safety pins from the sewing kit? Liz Hurley! It’s highly likely that you have the makings of a passable costume in your wardrobe already!

5. Olaf from Frozen. This is easier than it sounds, and super trendy at the moment. Find a white top and trousers. For a girl, you can make a tutu with a piece of elastic and some netting if you like. (if you don’t have any netting to hand, a net curtain will work at a push) On the white top, stick two or three large black dots – you can cut these out of cardboard or similar. Draw sticks on the arms… to be Olaf’s stick arms. You can make a simple Olaf mask from a paper plate, cutting out eye holes and a smile for the mouth. Simple!

6. Be a zombie! This is perhaps the most simple of all. All you need is some old clothes, a bit of make up and some fake blood. Who doesn’t have those things hanging around the house? Tear holes in your old clothes, make them dirty and dusty and apply fake blood liberally. For your make up, you can go as simple or as gorey as possible, depending on the time and resources you have available.

7. The tin man. Everyone has some of that ridiculously wide foil left over from the Christmas turkey! Wrap yourself up in it, and you can be a tin man, a space man, all sorts. You could even pad it out a bit, and go as a pinball – genius!

8. Draw or print off a “decepticon” logo (from Transformers) and wear it over a normal outfit. You’re a robot in disguise! Obviously, this is only to be used as a very last resort as it’s along the lines of Wednesday Addams and a bit of a cop out!

9. If you have blonde hair of around chin length, use gel or hair spray to stick the front of it up on end – and voila, you’re “Something About Mary!”

10. We saved the best for last… go to the shop and buy some balloons. You need lots of either green, purple or red ones. Blow up as many as you can, and tie them to your clothes to form a bunch of grapes. Genius, right?

 

So there we have it. Ten last-minute fancy dress ideas for New Year.

What have we learned from this? Next time, order your fancy dress costume from Fancy Dress Ball well in advance of the party!

Movie Party Special Comments Off on Movie Party Special

Posted on March 07, 2014 by admin

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Last week saw the end of this year’s award season with the 86th Academy Awards. If you’re planning a film –themed party to celebrate the winners (and the losers) or just need an excuse to dress up as your favourite character, we’ve got some great ideas to inspire you.

American Hustle

David O’Russell’s 70s flick American Hustle received a whopping 10 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, yet sadly came away with nothing. But as the film that received the most nominations in 2014, there’s still every reason to dress up in your 70s get-up for your movie-based bash.

We love this great tutorial from Punk Chyaz, which shows you how to achieve a cool Jennifer Lawrence-inspired look from the film.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s tale of 80s yuppie greed didn’t win any awards at this year’s Oscars, but as it’s one of the most talked about films this year, there’s every reason to reach for a massive mobile phone, slap on some khakis, a bright polo shirt and complete with a sweater over the shoulders. Don’t forget to slick back your hair and turn up your collar!

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 The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came away with the award for best costume design, for its fresh and fabulous flapper outfits. If you’re going for a Great Gatsby themed ensemble, then this gorgeous hairstyle will really finish off your look.

Check out our BAFTAs special for more ideas on how to achieve and award winning 20s style!

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And the rest…

If you’re going for something a little more fun with your costume why not dress in style and celebrate the film that swept the board at this year’s Oscars: Gravity.

Iron Man 3 was also in the list of this year’s nominees, so if you’ve always fancied yourself as playboy and entrepreneur Tony Stark, now’s your chance to become one of Marvel’s most well-loved superheroes!

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Just for fun…

Star Trek: Into Darkness was also nominated for an award, but even if you don’t fancy sporting the Spock ears and blue sweater yourself, you might have a furry friend who’d love to be involved in your Oscar celebrations!

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Celebrities walk the floor of Comic-Con 2013 in awesome costumes! Comments Off on Celebrities walk the floor of Comic-Con 2013 in awesome costumes!

Posted on August 08, 2013 by admin

Comic-Con, the ultimate geek convention, is as famous for its costumes and cosplay as it is for its amazing range of panels, merchandise and sneak previews of up-and-coming TV and film. In fact, you’re more likely to feel out of place in standard clothing than you would dressed up!

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Fans and admirers spend huge amounts of time putting together incredibly complex and realistic costumes replicating their favourite characters from film, TV, computer games and literature, with some amazing results.

It’s not just the fans who enjoy the thrill of the fancy dress though – there are plenty of celebrities getting in on the action too!

Director and writer Edgar Wright, known for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, talked to Michael Cera for Wired about being a celebrity at Comic-Con: “Comic-Con is an interesting barometer of fame. I remember walking the convention floor with Nick Frost, and that made it easy to gauge your fame ratio.

“You would walk for 10 minutes, and 20 people would stop Nick and go, “Dude, Shaun of the Dead!” And then one out of those 20 would go, “Hey, you’re Edgar Wright!” Simon Pegg went around the convention floor wearing a Joker type mask.”

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Ultra-geek Simon Pegg has made his career based upon his love of pop and geek culture, so the British actor would never miss a chance to walk the convention floor to check out some of his favourite shows.

But how would Pegg, now a star around the world, do so without being spotted?

Pegg tweeted this to his followers during the convention, showing exactly how to do the walk without being surrounded by fans! His costume is a dedication to his Shaun of the Dead character, right down to the “bit of red” on his white shirt. The actor and writer shared his enjoyment of the convention with his followers at the end of the event with a fun picture of himself and friend Edgar Wright:

 

Bryan Cranston

Previously of Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston has made a huge name for himself as chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-cook Walter White in the phenomenally successful Breaking Bad. Cranston was set to appear in the all-star panel with the rest of the cast to talk about the final eight episodes of the show, released in August.

The multi-award winning actor didn’t want to miss a chance to walk the floor, and came up with a hilarious disguise…

Matt Smith

If there is one celebrity who could never walk the floor undisguised, it’s Matt Smith. As the current Doctor in the BBCs internationally adored Doctor Who, Smith has been unable to leave the backstage area every year he has attended Comic-Con as far too many excited fans would surround him.

As 2013s convention would prove to be his last as the Doctor, Smith decided to take matters into his own hands and disguised himself as Bart Simpson:

Smith seems disappointed that many Doctor Who fans were unwilling to talk to him about the show – we bet they were kicking themselves after seeing this video!

Image: Andrew Horne

Batman Hands in Wanted Man to Police in Yorkshire Comments Off on Batman Hands in Wanted Man to Police in Yorkshire

Posted on March 04, 2013 by admin

A man dressed as Batman in Bradford, West Yorkshire, handed over a wanted man to the police, though his identity remains unknown. Share this to help us find out who he is!

The incident occurred just after lunchtime 25th February and police have released CCTV images in hope of identifying the man dressed as the Dark Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman hands in the criminal to Bradford Police, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post: http://bit.ly/YnluFu

A West Yorkshire policeman said of the event: “The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full batman outfit. His identity, however, remains unknown.”

The 27-year-old who ‘Batman’ brought to justice was wanted under suspicion of burglary, fraud and breach of a court order, and was charged with handling of stolen good and fraud related offenses.

It’s not the first time a mysterious stranger has kept the peace and order on the streets; one Batman apprehended a brawl outside of a fish and chip shop, while one charity worker drove around in a customised Batmobile and full costume “for the kids”.

Superheroes vs. Supervillians Comments Off on Superheroes vs. Supervillians

Posted on February 23, 2013 by admin

 

 

It’s the 45th anniversary of the original Superman: The Movie this year and with the brand new Man of Steel set for release 13th June, it’s time to celebrate the all-American hero with a fancy dress party. The theme? Superheroes vs. Supervillians.

Anyone looking to fight for what is right will naturally want to take up superhero status. Just because Hollywood makes all the superheroes men, does not mean the ladies have to miss out!

Supergirl is a must for fans of the caped crusader, while Miss Captain America is perfect for any Avenger fans out there.

Of course there is always the original super lady in the form of Wonder Woman for anyone with the hair big enough to pull off the look.

Not all women are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, though, so for someone feeling a little naughty, the supervillian route is the only choice for them.

Ms Freddy Krueger is the stuff of nightmares, while the Wicked Witch might not look too scary, but a few choice words and it’s all over.

Just make sure Cruella de Ville isn’t let anywhere near the hot dogs – who knows what she’d do to them.

For men, Superman has always been the classic choice, even more so this year. If your mates already picked up the Superman look, though, it’s still possible to be part of the Justice League. Batman gets more women anyway and Green Lantern’s costume is maybe even cooler.

The Joker is the ultimate supervillian and a must for any faceoff between the do-gooders and the do-what-I-wanters. Michael Myers is perfect for anyone wanting to play the ‘silent mysterious’ type, or you can remind the girls that, actually, vampires don’t sparkle, they’re really terrifying. Sort of.

There are loads of superhero costumes to choose from, so let’s get to saving the world.

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