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2015: A Look Ahead… Part 2! Comments Off on 2015: A Look Ahead… Part 2!

Posted on January 07, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Welcome to the second part of our look ahead to 2015, where we share all of the fantastic fancy dress opportunities going on…


July 1st is Canada Day, Canada’s national day. Dress as a mountie, or another famous Canadian… like… er… Avril Lavigne! The second is World UFO Day, so there is plenty of scope for alien costumes, and then it’s International Tiger Day on the 29th. Rawr!


August is a great month for fancy dress: the 8th is International Cat Day, and if you want to go a little more hardcore, the 10th is World Lion Day! If cats aren’t your thing, the 26th is Dog Day too! If you’re not into dressing as an animal, dust off the Christmas costumes and celebrate Be An Angel Day on the 22nd.


September is Chicken Month! It’s possibly not practical to dress as a chicken all month… but for part of it? If you’re not really feeling the love for the chicken costumes, what about waiting for Teddy Bear Day on the 9th? The 13th is Roald Dahl Day, which is definitely something to look forward to. Of course, everyone knows the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day – obviously, you’ll already have that one marked on your calendar. And then, we round off the month of fancy dress fun on the 26th with Lumberjack Day!


As the weather turns colder, the fancy dress outfits become more fun, right? October has plenty of opportunities for bonkers fancy dress outfits, with World Farm Animals Day on the 2nd, and World Animal Day on the 4th. Then we have Mad Hatter Day on the 6th, World Octopus Day on the 8th and a definite favourite: Punk for a Day Day on the 25th! Of course, October is also the fancy dress high-point of the year, with Halloween on the 31st! We always look forward to this one!


November is fairly quiet for fancy dress, aside from the obvious Guy Fawkes Night. The 3rd is Jellyfish Day – that would be a fun costume to put together! And the 10th is Sesame Street Day; which character will you dress as?


December is a fantastic month for fancy dress. Aside from all the festive fancy dress opportunities, there is World Wildlife Conservation Day on the 4th – why not dress as a panda? International Day of the Ninja is on the 5th; the 14th is Monkey Day, and the 21st is International Dalek Remembrance Day. Imagine the fun you could have getting a costume together for that one!


And there we have it: 2015 in a nutshell. We hope you’ll stick around and see what else is going on through the course of the year!




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!

The Ultimate Guide to Throwing a Circus Themed Party! Comments Off on The Ultimate Guide to Throwing a Circus Themed Party!

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Roll up, roll up! 19th May is Circus Day! In celebration of everything Big Top, we’ve created the ultimate guide to throwing your very own circus fancy dress party.

Everyone loves a trip to the circus: the clowns and acrobats; trapeze artists and tightrope walkers; jugglers and unicyclists. A fantastic treat for all of the family – and great fun to dress up as too! Everything you need, from lion costumes to face painting, is right here.


Whenever you think of the circus, you think of clowns. Whether it’s a classic white face, red nose combo, or something a little more scary, a clown is the perfect idea for circus fancy dress. The beauty of dressing up as a clown is that you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like! Either  paint your face white and go mad with the nose and lips, or you go for full-on professional make up with all sorts of detail.

We love this tutorial for a classic clown’s face:

If you fancy being a little more scary, here’s a great one:

If you think clowns are so last season, and you want to be something a little more different, this website has a fantastic tutorial for a classic lion face:

Classic Lion Face

Classic Lion Face

Glitter is optional of course, but then if you’re going to the trouble of painting your face why not add a touch of sparkle!


One of the main attractions at the circus (besides the performers) is the food. In order to throw a good party – whatever the intended age range – you need to have great food on offer!

The classics of course are hot dogs and pop corn; but why not also try making cones from red and white striped paper for chips? Striped bags of sweets is also a winner.

We love the idea of having a “hot dog vendor” doing the rounds at your party:


We also love the idea of these lion tamer whips:



We love the decoration ideas in this pin:


The key with circus decoration is lots of red and white stripes, and lots of brightly coloured balloons. In fact, lots of bright colours, full stop!

And we love this really simple idea for decoration: all you need is some brightly coloured rolls of crepe paper and a hula hoop:



  • A party is not a party without games – especially if it’s a children’s party!
  • Obviously, if your party is circus- themed, you must play Sleeping Lions!
  • Pass The Parcel with circus-themed paper and gifts is also a good idea.

One thing kids really love at a party is to make something they can bring home. If you prepare the pieces beforehand, these circus tent hats can be great fun:


Another great idea for all age ranges is a “photo booth” – all you need is a big sheet (or piece of coloured material) as the backdrop, and lots of props for people to hold. An empty picture frame is always excellent for this. Since your guests are already in fancy dress, they won’t need much else to have a fantastic photo taken!

As an added bonus, these downloadable circus printables are a great way to throw your party in style:


Celebrate Barbie’s Birthday Comments Off on Celebrate Barbie’s Birthday

Posted on March 21, 2014 by admin


This year everyone’s favourite childhood doll turns 55! Yes, Barbie celebrated her birthday on 9th March and as a never ending source of inspiration for great fancy dress, we’ve put together some tips so you can easily achieve a fantastic Barbie costume.


That perfect, plastic look can be hard to achieve, so check out this awesome make-up tutorial from Michelle Phan, who shows you how to get that flawless Barbie look. Using a combination of pale blue and bright pink shadows along with false eyelashes, you can easily achieve the perfect Barbie make-up style.

Perfect Barbie Hair

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If you’ve already got Barbie blonde locks, why not style your hair into a classic Barbie ponytail? Alternatively, invest in a platinum blonde wig and accessorise with a pink hair band or ribbon.

Alternative looks

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If you’re planning on a Disco or Ballroom Barbie look, you might want to consider using a bolder eye-shadow and black eye-liner for a more striking effect. Once again, it’s best to highlight your lower waterline with a pale pink or white eye-pencil.

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Barbie has had many looks over the years, so there’s a wide variety of choice when it comes to selecting your outfit for your Barbie costume. Here are some of our favourites…

Tour Guide Barbie

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We love this really simple but effective costume idea for Tour Guide Barbie!

Dream Date Barbie

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If you’re thinking a little outside the box (or in this case, inside the box) for costume ideas, then check out this Dream Date Barbie costume, complete with Barbie packaging!

Barbie Make-up Head

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Check out this great costume idea with a twist – the Barbie hair and make-up head, and dressing table. If you’re feeling a bit crafty, then you can fashion a make-up table as part of your costume and attach some old make-up and brushes to give it that dressing-table look!

Barbie and Ken Group Costumes

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If you’re looking for a great group costume idea, then look no further! Drawing inspiration from loads of different Barbie, Ken and Skipper dolls!


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Get the look… Queen of Hearts Comments Off on Get the look… Queen of Hearts

Posted on January 17, 2014 by admin


Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic Alice in Wonderland is never-ending source of inspiration for fancy dress and costume. The weird and wonderful characters can and have been reinterpreted time and time again and various screen adaptations of the story have provided the characters with a variety of looks and styles.

One character who has been reinvented countless times is the fabulous yet terrifying Queen of Hearts. This dynamic character has had many looks over the years ranging from angry Queen to a fierce fantastical force to be reckoned with.

If you’re looking for a new twist on this classic character, then check out these fantastic tips for your Queen of Hearts costume.

Get the look… Make up

When it comes to choosing the make-up for your Queen of Hearts costume, you can choose something simple but bold or something far more striking and detailed. In this fantastic make-up tutorial from Julia Graf, the entire face is used, making the make-up the focus of the whole costume.

Alternative looks

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You might choose to go for something a little more subtle and create a more detailed look using eye-shadow. This simple yet effective look uses pink and orange eye-shadow to create a soft heart shape around the eye.

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Create a deeper more striking look using a bold red eyes-shadow and black liquid eye-liner. By painting the base of the eye with a pale white shadow you can create an excellent contrast with the black and red colours.

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Depending on the kind of look you’re going for you might want to use some white face paint along with some red glitter for the lips and eyes. These false eyelashes also work well to add an extra bit of detail to your eye make-up.


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When it comes to creating a hairstyle for your Queen of Hearts you can make it as big and eccentric as you like. Alternatively, you might go for something a little simpler, if you’ve gone for a more fearsome looking Queen. This smooth, sleek bob works really well to create a more severe Queen.

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This eccentric hairstyle is created by back-combing and pinning curled hair, creating a frantic and crazy look for your Queen of Hearts costume. This design combines using bold eye make-up and face-painting, to create a simple but effective look. Only part of the face is painted with an Ace of Hearts design, with a bold eye-shadow and false eye-lashes on the opposite eye, creating a more detailed look.

Got a great Queen of Hearts costume or some excellent hair and makeup tips? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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Ultimate Halloween party survival guide! Comments Off on Ultimate Halloween party survival guide!

Posted on September 27, 2013 by admin




Summer is well behind us now and as September comes to a close, the leaves are beginning to fall, there’s a distinct chill in the air and the nights are drawing in which means only one thing… Halloween is well on the way!

With just over a month left before this most ghoulish holiday, there’s plenty to be getting on with to make sure your Halloween party is a terrifyingly good one.

Halloween is by far and away one of the best opportunities for you to get creative. With so much to consider from costumes to cake, decorations to party games it’s best to start preparing as soon as possible.

But don’t panic! There’s no need to tremble in fear at the thought of all that party planning, because here at Fancy Dress Ball we’ve put together your Ultimate Halloween Party Survival Guide, to make sure your monsters bash is the best yet.

Step One – Costume




It’s a good idea to get your costume sorted long before the party. This means you avoid last minute panic-buying or throwing on some black clothes and cat ears as a last resort. It’s your party, so you need a costume that your party guests are going to love. If you need some inspiration, why not check out our awesome Halloween make-up pictures?

Step Two – Decorations




Okay, so now the costume is out of the way you can focus on how you’re going to decorate the house. How much you do yourself is up to you. There are so many decorations available in the shops, so there are loads you can pick up for your party. If you’ve got more time and you’re more of a creative type, then now’s the time to get craft and put together some great decorations.

You can also make cheap yet effective changes such as buying some red light bulbs for the devilish ambiance. Spraying silly string around the house and stringing up fake cobwebs from the ceiling is another simple way to transform your house into the perfect party venue.

And don’t forget to carve your pumpkins and put them on the doorstep to let your guests know where the party is at!

Step Three – Party Food




This is another fangtastic way to get creative with traditional party food. There are loads of Halloween-themed treats to get hold of. Why not make a jelly with gummy wriggly worms, bugs and spiders in? For more ideas check out our Fancy Dress Ball party food pinboard.

And don’t forget about the refreshments. Why not shake up some martinis with a spooky twist?


70ml vodka

1tbsp dry vermouth

2 tbsp olive brine

Wedge of lemon

Green olives stuffed with pimento


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Shake the vodka, vermouth and olive brine together in a cocktail shaker along with some ice. Rub the lemon along the rim of a chilled martini glass then strain the liquid from the cocktail shaker in to the glass. Make some eyeballs by peeling the radishes (save for a few strips of red skin – these are the blood vessels!), punch a hole in the radish and stuff it with the pimento green olives and use a cocktail stick to secure. Drop into the glass and voila! A perfectly terrifying drink!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more party food ideas.

Step Four – Party Games




A Halloween party is the best time to get your mates together to play some incredibly silly games (especially if everyone’s been on the eyeball martinis!). Apple bobbing is a classic Halloween game that’s pretty simple to put together. Get some buckets or large plastic bowls, fill with water and apples and you’re done! Then you just need to blindfold your party guests and get bobbing!

Rather than running up and down the street tossing toilet paper into trees (much to the discontent of your neighbours) another great game is Mummy Wrap. Pair up into teams and arm yourself with a roll of toilet paper. One person in each team is to become the mummy, and it’s up to the other team member to mummify them using the roll of toilet paper. The first person to become a mummy wins!

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Perfectly evil: Top 5 evil actors Comments Off on Perfectly evil: Top 5 evil actors

Posted on September 20, 2013 by admin



To celebrate Halloween only being a few short weeks away, we’re celebrating the actors who scare us all year round. Whether it’s through a disarming charm or downright evil intentions, these actors were born to play villains.

Many of these actors have appeared in various roles, as both good and bad guys, but their bad guy performances have been nothing short of stand out. Whether they’re seasoned villains or deviating from their type cast, no-one can send shivers down our spines quite like these five actors.

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio has played a huge range of characters throughout his career, transforming him from heart throb status to genuine Hollywood legend. No character he has played however has been quite as outright evil as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained.

It is DiCaprio’s charm that makes this character so despicable. He successfully utilises his charisma we so enjoy in his other roles, forces us as an audience to find him amiable, and then turns from slightly evil to outright detestable!

Jarvier Bardem

While Bond villains are famous for their extravagant, almost cartoonish personas, Bardem’s role as Silva in 2012’s Skyfall completely reinvented what a Bond villain is. Cold, calculating and unpredictable, he is the perfect match for 007 himself.

Bardem plays the character with perfect balance; it pays respect to the previous actors to take on the antagonist’s role in the Bond franchise through a devilish attitude and over-the-top actions, but it is when he is talking to Bond one-on-one that the actor truly shines.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix has a unique acting method, as he is able to take even likeable characters  and provide them with natural, human depth, showing that no one character is truly good or truly bad. It was his turn as Commodus in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, however, that truly showed how evil this actor could be.

He seems to have travelled from the period itself as he so perfectly embodies the arrogance and mentality that must have surely come from a position of such power. Whether he is loud and aggressive or quietly threatening, the actor has a wonderful ability to simply make your skin crawl.

Heath Ledger

From a heart throb in A Knight’s Tale and 10 Things I Hate About You, to a sensitive, conflicted cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, it is a telling thing that Ledger’s most celebrated role has been as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

The Joker is perhaps one of the best known villains from the Batman franchise, and many were unhappy with Ledger as the choice for the role. However, the power and pure evil he brought to the character has only served to widen the adoration found for this villain who is, arguably, now more popular than Batman himself.

Brad Dourif

A quiet, criminally under-recognised actor, Dourif came to fame as the insecure and vulnerable Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and has gone on to have a varied and rich acting career. It was his role as Grima Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings franchise that brought his abilities to a mainstream audience, as he transformed himself into a sickly, purely evil character.

It is his slimy, manipulative performance that sees him crowned as one of cinema’s greatest villainous actors. While others have shown themselves to be powerful, scene-stealing villains, Dourif is understated and all the more creepy for it, perfectly playing against the other characters on screen.

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The official monster rating guide! Comments Off on The official monster rating guide!

Posted on September 13, 2013 by admin

The nights are closing in earlier; there’s more than a distinct chill in the air; coats, hats and scarves are being brought out of the closet; yes, autumn is truly upon us and Halloween will be here soon!

Horror has made a huge comeback in recent years thanks to a range of movies, TV shows and literature, so choosing the right monster for your Halloween party is truly an important task which requires much thought and planning.

Looking for something scary, or prefer to keep it kooky? Love the gore factor, or maybe you prefer something a little more tame? With the official monster rating guide, discover the strengths, weaknesses and scare ratings of all of you favourite horror characters!

The Zombie


Strengths: The zombie is undead, so it’s pretty hard to kill. It’ll keep coming after you even if you chop its legs off, and they tend to come in large groups.

Weaknesses: The brain is the biggest weakness of the zombie, which is pretty ironic because zombies LOVE brains! They smell because of the whole rotting flesh thing, and they have absolutely no charisma making them less than charming dinner guests.

Scare factor: 8/10

The slow zombie may not pose the biggest risk, but with the new breed of fast, incredibly angry zombies making an emergence, they are now rather scary! The zombie is the perfect Halloween costume for people looking for something with lots of torn clothing and plenty of fake blood.

The Vampire


Strengths: The vampire is a brilliant conversationalist and is likely to lure you in with his charm. They’re usually rather attractive and wealthy too, meaning they have the ability to take over the world one soiree at a time.

Weaknesses: In order to attack, vampires have to gain your trust in order to get close enough. If you stay aware, or keep a selection of everyday objects like a bit of garlic, sharpened wood or the Sun around, they’re pretty useless.

Scare factor: 5/10

They can easily lure you in under false pretences which is never nice, but they’re not very scary. Though if there was a ‘sexy factor’, they’d win hands down! This makes them perfect for those looking to dress to impress at the local Halloween party!

The Werewolf


Strengths: Literal strength is one of the greatest attributes of the werewolf, as well as the fact that they’re really not easily killed.

Weaknesses: The transformation can leave the clothes they were wearing in tatters, and they tend to have anger issues when the change has come about.

Scare factor: 9/10

Sure, they might look like a large, fluffy pet, but if a werewolf comes running up to you you’ve got little chance of survival. Anyone looking to take on the were-look this Halloween needs to make sure they have a lot of time and patience for the fake hair!

The Witch


Strengths: Witches have the ability to make things happen using only the eyes of amphibians and a few bat limbs. They also have a lot of charisma, which is why they’re always part of a tight-knit coven.

Weaknesses: They’re the original “mean girls” and are happy to cast a spell on anyone that crosses their path thanks to an uncontrollable anger problem. Plus they’re not very attractive, given the green skin and warts.

Scare factor: 6/10

If you get on a witches bad side then you may have something to fear, but as long as you keep out of their way you have nothing to worry about. This monster is a great choice of costume for anyone looking to strike a little fear into anyone who has crossed them recently!

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Jungle Fever: Top Animal Fancy Dress Ideas Comments Off on Jungle Fever: Top Animal Fancy Dress Ideas

Posted on November 09, 2010 by admin

Ok, so not all of our adult fancy dress costumes with animals live in the jungle, but let’s use our imaginations!

1. Gorilla Costume
One of the all-time fancy dress costume classics since the days of Scooby Doo! The good old gorilla bodysuit (with hands and feet!) is one of our top sellers. Who knows who’s under there? Is it your mother-in-law? Your boss? Your pregnant wife? Your husband? Your kid? Definitely in our top five thanks to combined hiding/jumping-out-and-scaring-people/dancing ridiculously potential!

2. Crocodile Costume
We love this crocodile jumpsuit (complete with crocodile head hood!) for its capacity to leap out from behind corners and terrify fellow party guests!

3. Monkey Costume
The monkey bodysuit is another all-time fancy dress costume classic! We’re pretty sure you could get away with being a very cheeky monkey in this outfit!

Monkey Costume

4. Sexy Lady Bug Costume
Who said all animal fancy dress costumes have to be all-in-one bodysuits? We think you’ll be hard pushed to find a sweeter ladies fancy dress outfit anywhere in the animal kingdom!

5. Honey Bee Costume
Another find from our “Bumble Bee and Daisy Bug” ladies fancy dress costume section. It was a tough choice, but in the end the cute little bucket for collecting honey pushed this into our top five!

None of these tickle your fancy dress glands? Take a look through the rest of our fantastic “Adult Animal Costumes” and “Bumble Bee and Daisy Bug” fancy dress sections.

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