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2015: A Look Ahead Comments Off on 2015: A Look Ahead

Posted on January 05, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

2015- A Look Ahead

Happy new year! Did you have a good one? Are you returning to work today filled with resolutions and good intentions?

Well, we are too – and we’re really excited about all of the fantastic opportunities (excuses!) to dress up there are in 2015. We’re just itching to share a few with you…


January is Creativity Month – and what could be more creative than wearing fancy dress? On top of that, the 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet day, and it’s Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th. And there you have three cast-iron excuses to get your fancy dress on!


Everyone knows that 14th February is Valentine’s Day… but did you know that the 2nd is both Hedgehog Day and Marmot Day? And on Friday the 13th, it’s Blame Someone Else Day. So you can legitimately turn up for work in fancy dress, and… blame someone else! Our favourite though, has to be the 16th, which is Do a Grouch a Favour Day. What better favour could you do to a grouch, than to dress up like Oscar the Grouch?!


March is Women’s History Month, so expect a lot of things going on to commemorate that. We’re sure if you put your mind to it, you can think of a woman from history to whom you could pay tribute!

If Women’s History Month is not your thing, then what about Dr Seuss Day on the 2nd? Even better, the 3rd is What If Cats And Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day – so you can re-use your Cat In The Hat costume, and save on cleaning bills! We know, we’re so helpful!

March really is a jam-packed month. On the 9th we have Barbie day, and following shortly afterwards on the 13th, it’s Ken Day! Why not go the whole hog, and dress up as both of them?

And if you don’t want to dress up for any of these days, then Poultry Day on the 19th is the day for you!


Aside from the fact April 1st is April Fool’s Day, when nothing is off limits, the 2nd is Children’s Book Day – why not dress as your favourite children’s book character? If that’s not appealing, the 4th is World Rat Day… imagine how many people you could freak out on your morning commute, if you did it in a rat costume!

March 11th is Barbershop Quartet Day. Do you have a candy-striped suit and straw hat somewhere at the back of your wardrobe? If that’s not your thing, the 17th is Nothing Like a Dame Day… so dust off that purple wig and the ridiculous heels!

Not feeling inspired? The 23rd is World Book Night, when books are celebrated everywhere. Who’s your favourite literary character?


Ooh, May’s going to be a good one! It’s Batman Day on the 1st! Who doesn’t want to dress up as Batman? Here’s your cast iron excuse to do so. If ghosts and ghouls are more your thing, the 3rd is Paranormal Day.

Of course, the one day in May everyone knows about is Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be With You!

Also, you should probably be aware that the 13th is Leprechaun Day. Keep an eye out for little ginger fellas in bright green suits… or just dress up as one yourself!


Wow, June is like a bumper month for fancy dress enthusiasts! The 9th is Donald Duck Day (though you might want to avoid dressing up as him in public – he never wears trousers!). Then on the 12th, we have Superman Day – another underwear issue, but easier to deal with. On the 19th it’s Garfield the Cat Day, so you can dress as a ginger cat and eat lasagne all day! And finally, the 25th is Global Beatles Day. The possibilities with this one are endless: you could go with early Beatles, with their trademark hair and suits, or the hippie Beatles, with the round spectacles, long hair and free love, man. Then there’s Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or the outfits from the Magical Mystery Tour… half the work is in deciding which era to choose!

We’ll be back on Wednesday with Part 2 of our look ahead to 2015!

Movie Party Special Comments Off on Movie Party Special

Posted on March 07, 2014 by admin


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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Jazz Up a Dinner Party with Fancy Dress Comments Off on Jazz Up a Dinner Party with Fancy Dress

Posted on January 07, 2011 by admin

You may love hosting dinner parties. Such events are a great way to sit down to some lovely food, lively conversation and tasty tipples. And of course, you also get to catch up with friends and family and showcase your culinary prowess.

However, if you have a long tradition of such catering, you may find that the events become a little samey, and you might long for an injection of something new and exciting.

Well, one way of achieving this is to get your guests to don fancy dress for the meals.

This may sound a little outlandish at first but when you think about it, it is just a bit of fun, and fancy dress outfits can help people to relax.

Also, you can theme the clothing around the food you prepare. For example, you could combine 70s costumes with classic dishes from the era, such as prawn cocktails and trifle.

Hippy Chick Costume

By encouraging your guests to get involved in such fun and games, you will ensure you create a night to remember.

Of course, the clothing is not the only thing you should focus on. The food and drink are still the most important things, so it is vital you pay enough attention to them.

Also, you could add decorations to your table and elsewhere around your house that match the theme of the dress code. This will mean you create even more of an impact with your unusual dinner parties.

In order to make such events a success, you must also give the people you invite plenty of notice so they have time to source their clothes, otherwise you may find you are the only one wearing fancy dress.

Butlins Weekender Comments Off on Butlins Weekender

Posted on August 24, 2009 by admin
Butlins 70's weekender

Butlins 70's weekender

Fancy dress costumes have been a passion for the whole team here at fancy dress ball for several years now.  The beginning for all this dressing up and having fun was when we all attended our first Butlins Weekender together.  Now many have weekends have passed since then, most of them at Butlins Skegness but also at Butlins Minehead.

As I’m sure you are all aware each Butlins adult weekend has a theme – including 60’s, 70’s80’s and disco inferno to name a few.  Our first weekend together was a 70’s weekend in 2006.  Our fancy dress costumes came from a mixture of previously owned items and some items bought prior to the event.  I think we even topped up our costumes with some items from Skegness town centre!  Butlins also sell some good top up items like wigs, shades and other accessories for those last minute additions.  We quickly noticed the look of fun and enjoyment on other peoples faces as we pranced around the big tent with our Mother-of-all-afro wigs on and our brightly coloured pimp outfits.  Look at the picture – I am the one with the genuine moustache by the way – very proud of that tash I am!

Feeling a genuine part of someone elses fun and enjoyment is a feeling that you don’t come across very often.  After that night we new what we had to do – keep coming to Butlins, keep enjoying ourselves and keep sharing the fun with everyone!  The fancydressball.co.uk team had given themselves a challenge – can we look better at the next event!  Stay tuned in to this Blog for our progress.

Ladies 60’s Fancy Dress Comments Off on Ladies 60’s Fancy Dress

Posted on August 20, 2009 by admin
Ladies 60's Fancy Dress

Ladies 60's Fancy Dress

The line between 60’s fancy dress and 70’s fancy dress is quite blurred as the flower power and hippie era did cross both decades.  But wether your going to a 60’s fancy dress or 70’s fancy dress event you’ll be sure to find yourself a costume solution at fancydressball.co.uk This theme really allows you to go for a complete head to toe look with every item of your costume having multiple options making your choice of costume combination unique amongst your fellow party goers.  It’s almost a certainty that you will be able to add to your costumes with items from your own wardrobe, but if you don’t tell anyone then I won’t!

Knee high boots are a minimum with people often opting for the sexier thigh high boot option.  Moving on you’ve got to get yourself some good hosiery  or brightly coloured socks – remember during these two decades no two colours clash and anything goes.  A flowery or brightly coloured dress holds the look together.  Hair bands are a common addition and I think rose tinted shades are a must.  Have a look at the rest of our great accessories and see what else you would like to add to your costume.

So come along to fancydressball.co.uk and find all that you need to make a successful costume.  Remember to take some photographs of your costumes and send them back to show us how much of a good time you all had and we’ll share them with the rest of the world!

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