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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



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!

2013: The Year of Movie Fancy Dress Comments Off on 2013: The Year of Movie Fancy Dress

Posted on January 03, 2013 by admin

This is set to be a good year for lovers of movie costumes.

There is a whole host of exciting movies in the pipeline so get your fancy dress at the ready because it’s going to be a party!

Here’s a rundown of the top movies to look out for if you love dressing up:

Man of Steel

Following the great success of the last movie in the Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan is gearing up for another box office hit. Man of Steel is the Hollywood blockbuster set to smash onto our screens in June, so be sure to don your cape and briefs!

The Great Gatsby

Due for release a little bit earlier than Superman, The Great Gatsby will take us back to the 1920s in a classy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel with the same title. Baz Luhrmann is the man in charge of this one, so expect a feast of style and finesse.

Iron Man 3

Director Shane Black has been working on the 3rd instalment of the Iron Man series and it’s due to hit our screens in April. He takes the reins from Jon Favreau, who was the director of Iron Man in 2008 and Iron Man 2 in 2010.

The Wolverine

A fancy dress classic, Wolverine will grace our cinemas once again this year in the aptly titled The Wolverine. The former X-Man travels to Japan in this movie to train with a professional samurai. It’s due out in July, so keep your eyes peeled and your blades out.

Vintage Style Fancy Dress Costumes Comments Off on Vintage Style Fancy Dress Costumes

Posted on May 24, 2011 by admin

It’s definitely hip to be retro these days, and fancy dress costumes are no exception. When it comes to Halloween parties, fancy dress balls, and other parties where dressing up is in order, an outfit reminiscent of the 60s, 70s or 80s will never go amiss. Here at Fancy Dress Ball we offer a wide variety of vintage choices for your next fancy dress affair.

Looking for a hip 70s costume? We have dozens upon dozens of choices for both men and women. If you want women’s fancy dress that will rock your 70s party, browse through our full range of choices including mod hippy dresses, metallic pants suits, tight trousers, flowing tops and more.

Our Boogie Babe Costume, under 70s outfits for women, is a star buy. This adorable checked jumpsuit even comes with a belt. And you can make it a couples thing by also purchasing the men’s version of the outfit, the Disco Sleezeball Costume.

Disco Godbrother Costume

If you prefer the 60s we also have many different outfits to accommodate this era as well, and even an entire wigs section. Our 60s Groovy Chic outfit is new to the site, and will make a great impression with this classic black and white abstract square print dress and matching head scarf.

With new outfits in many sections, and all the old classics, there’s so much to choose from that you may have a hard time deciding, but you’re definitely sure to find something you love. Or you can mix and match different pieces to create your own outfit.

80s Fancy Dress Alternatives to the New Romantics and Neon Queens Comments Off on 80s Fancy Dress Alternatives to the New Romantics and Neon Queens

Posted on May 18, 2011 by admin

You say ‘eighties fancy dress‘, you think ‘neon fishnet, big hair and crazy make-up!’ Not everyone lived through the 80s quite so merrily, so if that’s not really your cup of tea, here are a few of our favourite alternatives that pay homage to the great decade of ridiculousness!

Cartoon Character 80s Outfits
If you’re a child of the 80s you’ll know just how difficult it is to choose a favourite! But, if we’re forced to choose a Fancy Dress Ball favourite of the day, it has to be the time honoured partnering of He-Man and She-Ra (He-Man kind of makes sense as a name, but why She-“Ra”?)  The He-Man costume features a full body suit (so no need to panic about just wearing a pair of what are, essentially, red trunks!)

80s Female Twister Costume

Tasty Delights
For many, the 80s was a decade of weird processed foods! We love fancy dress costumes that focus on all the weirdo food present in the average 80s household. Our food of the day is… SPAM! The Spam Can Costume is an awesome costume alternative!

Games and Fun
Our two 80s games of the day – Super Mario and Twister! Take your pick from the bunch of Super Mario characters we stock, including Princess Peach, Toad and the revered Italian super plumber himself! For couples (or just folks obsessed with Twister!) there’s the brilliant option of male and female Twister costumes, both featuring a dapper Twister board headdress!

Invited to a Fancy Dress Party? Don’t Panic, Help is at Hand Comments Off on Invited to a Fancy Dress Party? Don’t Panic, Help is at Hand

Posted on May 12, 2011 by admin

If you have just received an invitation to a fancy dress party, the chances are you will be in a bit of a flap about what to wear. If this is the case, then relax, because there is a website which will be able to give you some great ideas for fancy dress costumes. The people at Fancy Dress Ball have brought together some of the best quality women’s fancy dress costumes and men’s fancy dress outfits available which means they are all in one place, making it so much easier to make your choice. Whatever the theme of the party may be, you will find a great outfit for the occasion, one which will make you stand out and add to the fun atmosphere of the evening.

Cheryl Cole Fight For This Love Costume

Perhaps you would like to turn up dressed like Cheryl Cole? If this is the case, then you can buy a replica of the outfit she wore when she performed at the X Factor, and just like Cheryl did on the big night you can mime when her song comes on at the party!

For the guys, there is a huge choice when it comes to men’s fancy dress outfits, from super heroes to military uniforms which are sure to make you stand out. In short, whatever you are looking for when it comes to getting the right look for a fancy dress party, you are sure to find it on the Fancy Dress Ball website. And as an added bonus, once you have placed your order, your outfit can usually be delivered the next day.

How to Look Good in 80’s Fancy Dress Comments Off on How to Look Good in 80’s Fancy Dress

Posted on July 27, 2010 by admin

Fancy dress isn’t all about looking good, but that doesn’t mean that your sense of style has to completely fall by the wayside. Whilst the 1980’s has given us some truly ridiculous looks, it also gave us some really great fashions. Therefore, by choosing 80’s fancy dress costumes it really is possible to have fun – and look good doing it!

First things first, your eighties costumes aren’t going to cut the mustard if your hair and makeup isn’t up to scratch, and with this in mind you should take your inspiration from some of the most stylish people of the decade. For example, if you are planning on donning a Madonna costume then you owe it to the queen of pop to get the hair right – whether your going for that “Holiday” Madonna look with some teaseled hair, or your going for a sleeker look based on a later period.

80s Pop Star Blonde WigWhilst by getting your eighties hair right you’re well on the way to great 80’s fancy dress costumes, achieving an 80’s look that you’ll actually look good in can be a real challenge – or so you’d think. In fact, there are plenty of ways to make an eighties outfit look great.

For example, rather than going completely 80’s why not incorporate some 80’s features into a contemporary outfit. For example, some leg warmers can be enough to create some great 80’s fancy dress costumes without making you look too ridiculous!

1980’s Fancy Dress – TV Cartoons Comments Off on 1980’s Fancy Dress – TV Cartoons

Posted on June 25, 2010 by admin

Whilst there are many generic fancy dress costumes available for an 80’s theme, there are also an equal amount of more unique costumes on the Fancy Dress Ball website that may not represent the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of 80’s fancy dress.

Dressing up as your favourite 80’s cartoon character is a very unique idea that not many people tend to think of. With Madonna and Michael Jackson clouding their creativity, the option for dressing up as Dangermouse or He-Man doesn’t tend to cross peoples’ minds.

As the host of an 1980’s fancy dress party, you could even theme the event so that everyone turns up as their favourite character from an 80’s TV programme. Not only will this afford guests with a wide range of fancy dress options, but it makes the party more accessible to people that were perhaps young children in the eighties, rather than guests who were adults at this time.

Available on the Fancy Dress Ball website are cartoon character fancy dress costumes in a wide range of sizes and designs. You may find yourself dressing up as Count Duckula, or even Batfink from the parody of Batman and The Green Hornet.

With those Bananas in Pyjamas, Mario Brothers and even Jess the Cat from the Postman Pat series as options, guests will be simply spoilt for choice. Having a party of this theme is also guaranteed to bring about some nostalgia, and offers the party host the chance to add extra authenticity by playing famous 80’s TV shows at the party!

A Musical Fancy Dress Theme Comments Off on A Musical Fancy Dress Theme

Posted on June 14, 2010 by admin

Music is a great theme for a fancy dress party, as not only does it afford partygoers with a whole wealth of costume options, but you’ll also have the music sorted, too. With this in mind, what are the options for a musically inspired 1980s fancy dress theme?

Well the best way to give your fancy dress party an 80s theme is to base your theme on your personal tastes, and the tastes of your guests. For example, if you often reminisce about your days as an 80s goth, then your might opt for a theme that brings all of those memories back.

With this gothic theme in mind, there are some simple ways to create that immediately recognisable eighties gothic look – for example, you shouldn’t be afraid to use plenty of eyeliner – and most importantly you should dig out all of those old gothic tunes from the likes of Gary Numan and Siouxsie and the Banshees to really make your 1980s fancy dress party go with a gothic bang.

Of course a gothic theme won’t be for everyone, and perhaps you weren’t even around in the 80s; in which case a less esoteric theme might be more in order. With this in mind, even people who were too young to remember the 1980s will appreciate a 1980s fancy dress theme. Some ideas for a more accessible kind of 80s party include a Michael Jackson theme or a Madonna costume theme. Let’s face it, who hasn’t heard of them?

Give Your 80s Fancy Dress Party A Gothic Theme Comments Off on Give Your 80s Fancy Dress Party A Gothic Theme

Posted on June 09, 2010 by admin

Whilst the 80s for many was a decade of bright colours and flamboyant attitudes, this is perhaps a little stereotypical. In fact, the 1980s was a little more complicated. There was, for example, a thriving alternative scene, and gothic fashion really began to come into its own.

With this in mind a gothic themed eighties fancy dress party is a great theme for anyone who wants to throw a truly unique party, which still retains that element of nostalgia. So, how do you incorporate a gothic theme into a 1980s fancy dress party?

Well one way is to give your 80s fancy dress party some 80s horror credentials – as the 80s was perhaps the decade that was most synonymous with video nasties and zombies – with this in mind you and your guests could take some inspiration from 80s zombie classics such as the Evil Dead.

Cream Make-Up BlackIf you want your 1980s fancy dress party to be authentically gothic, however, then you just have to take some inspiration from some 80s gothic icons.

For the ladies, you could look to 80s gothic songstress Siouxsie Sioux, for inspiration and opt for plenty of eye make-up and an oversize t-shirts.

For the guys, The Cure’s Robert Smith is a perfect gothic template, and that Cure Look is easily replicated with some big hair, and plenty of eye make-up!

If you’re a guest rather than hosting a gothic 80s fancy dress part, then choosing gothic 80s outfits is a great way to make an impression, and it is more than likely you’ll be the coolest in the room!

Characters from the 1980s Comments Off on Characters from the 1980s

Posted on April 13, 2010 by admin

Another way in which the 80s was defined was through its influential television programmes, and the iconic films of the era. Amongst those instantly recognisable are Ghostbusters or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – both of which we at Fancy Dress Ball provide fancy dress costumes for.

Whilst there are many 80s costumes based on music legends, such as Freddie Mercury and Madonna, the popularity of these can often mean costume clashes with other guests at fancy dress parties. For a more unique and unusual approach, why not dress up as a famous video game character, or even a member of The Village People? Fancy Dress Ball can provide customers with a particular video game passion an authentic Mario or Luigi costume, as featured from the Super Mario Brothers and Dinkey Kong games.

Amongst just some of the film-inspired 80s costumes we have available feature famous characters from Beetlejuice, Top Gun and even Robocop.

However, if you were more of a TV enthusiast in the 80s era, why not dress up as someone from your favourite TV show? Featuring in our selection of 80s costumes from the television include Dangermouse, Bananas in Pyjamas and Jess the Cat from Postman Pat.

Dressing up as something – or someone – that you were once, or still passionate about gives you the opportunity to discuss your unique costume choice with other party guests. A guaranteed effective conversation starter, a fancy dress costume provided by Fancy Dress Ball can make the difference between a costume falling flat or wowing the crowd.

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