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Top 5 Fancy Dress With Hats! Comments Off on Top 5 Fancy Dress With Hats!

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


A hat is a great way to add the finishing touch to your fancy dress costume… or if you’re caught short (or feeling really lazy) you can sometimes get away with just plonking on a hat and calling it your costume! Here are our five favourite hats for fancy dress


1. Cowboy Hat
If you don’t have time to put together a whole outfit, a cowboy hat can be a lifesaver. A pair of jeans, pointy-toed boots, almost any sort of plain t shirt or flannel shirt and you can easily become a cowboy – or girl!

2. Pirate Hat
Ok, well you do need to put a little more effort into this one to make it a complete outfit but at a real push, you can just wear dark or ripped clothing and a pirate hat and tell people you’re a pirate. The biggest part of being a pirate is talking like one any way! Check out our blog post on how to talk like a pirate!

3. Animal Ears
Ok, so not strictly a hat – but a great way to get away with not having a proper costume! Dress all in black, stick on a pair of cat or dog ears and paint your nose black! Job’s a good’un!

4. Viking
Everyone knows what a viking hat looks like; it has horns! There’s no mistaking what you’ve come as if you’re wearing a viking hat, right? The rest of your outfit should probably involve a sheepskin or leather waistcoat and… er… brown trousers? See? Nobody knows what vikings wear, other than the hat! Vikings are all about the hats.

5. Charlie Chaplin
You could be almost anyone wearing a black suit… but draw on a little moustache and don a bowler hat and hey presto – you’re Chaplin. Everyone know Charlie Chaplin, even if they’ve never seen any of his movies and know nothing about him. It’s an iconic image and easy to pull off.


Do you have a go-to hat for fancy dress emergencies?

How to make your own Easter bonnet Comments Off on How to make your own Easter bonnet

Posted on April 11, 2014 by admin

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With Easter just around the corner, families around the UK are gearing up for one of the most anticipated weekends on the calendar.

You’ve stocked up on chocolate treats and planned the annual Easter egg hunt around the garden, but have you considered making an Easter bonnet? This activity is both cheap and cheerful, while also being the ideal solution for those looking for ways to keep their young children entertained during the school holidays.

Sound like a good idea? If you and your little one fancy getting crafty and creating an Easter-themed headpiece but don’t quite know where to start, do not fear! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite styles of bonnet, along with some simple tips to give you a push in the right direction…

Traditional bonnet


The traditional Easter bonnet is arguably the most popular choice and is relatively straightforward to make. To make one, all you’ll need is a straw hat and some Easter-themed decorations to stick on top. Egg shells, miniature Easter chicks and crepe paper should do just the trick!

Bunny ear bonnet


Alternatively, for an animal-themed twist on this classic hat, why not make a pair of bunny ears! Grab some coloured card, a pair of scissors and a stapler and you’re ready to go! You could even add some pipe cleaners for whiskers and stick some cotton wool balls around the edges for that extra special touch.

Papier mache bonnet


If you’re up for even more of a challenge, we suggest making an egg-shaped bonnet! First, you’ll need to inflate a standard-sized balloon and coat it with papier mache.  Allow to set, then remove the now solid paper from the balloon. Paint over the paper in any way you wish, leave to dry overnight and voilà, mission accomplished!

Paper plate bonnet

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The paper plate bonnet is undoubtedly the simplest of all! As the name would suggest, you’ll need a paper plate, along with some ribbon (the more colourful, the better), a stapler, colouring crayons or felt tip pens and any other decorative bits and pieces to stick on the top if you so wish. Simple yet extremely effective!

Got some Easter bonnet suggestions of your own? Join in the conversation and share your ideas over on our Facebook page. Happy Easter!

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