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Spring Party Ideas Comments Off on Spring Party Ideas

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

Spring Party Ideas

Don’t you just love spring? After a long, cold and rainy winter the sun is finally beginning to peek from behind the clouds! Ok… well, they’re fairly small peeks from behind clouds right now, but we’re holding out hope that we’ll have a beautiful spring, starting any day now!

What better way to celebrate spring than by having a spring party? Here are some ideas to get you started…

Decorations

The best way to decorate for a spring party is with flowers, of course! After several months of bare trees and colourless ground, everyone loves it when the flowers begin to bloom and trees begin to blossom. Vases of flowers are great, but also you could string some together (like a daisy chain), make garlands of flowers or perhaps have little pots of planted, live flowers. We also love this idea for DIY flower fairy lights – simple yet effective!

Food

These days you can get any food you like, pretty much all year round in the local supermarket. But if you go to your local farmer’s market, you will find the foods that are in season. Spring is the time when lots more foods begin to grow naturally in the UK, so make the most of it! Think of brightly coloured salads and light and bright food; finger sandwiches are great for this as well. Fresh fruit is also brilliant – perhaps on kebab sticks to make it easier to handle.

Spring Fancy Dress

We’ve already had Easter, but spring fancy dress is pretty  much the same sort of things: spring time bunnies, baby chicks, maybe bee costumes too! If those don’t inspire you, you could always just make a lovely garland of spring flowers for your hair, or weave flowers into a braid. A daisy chain necklace would also work well!

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Depending on the age range of your party goers, there are lots of different things you could do.

What about making a fairy garden? You’ll need a tray with a big rim (the round ones from a pub work well), some soil and some small plants/grass seeds etc. You can be as elaborate as you want with this. If you want to go all out, check out these beautiful broken plant pots that have been turned into fairy gardens! This article will give you some ideas for the best plants to use.

If you don’t feel like being that organised, just buy lots of packs of bubbles and perhaps some outdoor toys like bats and balls etc. Even better, get a bubble machine! People of all ages love bubbles, and with good weather it’s always refreshing to just get outside and throw or kick a ball around.

Are you organising a spring party? We’d love to see some photos on our Facebook page!

Throw a Hunger Games Party! Comments Off on Throw a Hunger Games Party!

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Hunger Games Mockingjay Party

 

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but the new Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 1 is released this week. If the release of the first two movies is anything to go by, this weekend is going to be massive.

Here at Fancy Dress Ball, we’ll jump at any excuse for a party – and the release of the blockbuster movie of the year sounds like a pretty good excuse to us!

Outfits

We found this fantastic tutorial for making your very own mockingjay pin and district seal.

Of course, you’ll need a bow and arrow in order to really look the part.

And here’s a fantastic tutorial for Katniss’s iconic brade.

And here’s a tutorial for a costume and make up:

If you don’t want to be pouty Katniss, we love this fabulous tutorial for an Effie Trinket costume:

 
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Of course, you’ll need to have a few rounds of Hunger Games trivia to kick off proceedings! 
You could also have a “Reaping” where you choose two “tributes” from each “district” of your party. Anyone who’s not been chosen can have the opportunity to volunteer to replace one of the tributes.
Next you move on to training: set up “training stations” for your tributes: a bow and arrow; a pool noodle as a spear or a quarter staff; use a slingshot to knock down paper cups; sword fighting using… whatever’s to hand.
Interviews: of course, one of the best parts of the Hunger Games are the interviews with Ceasar.  Nominate one person to be Ceasar; the others can take it in turn to have their moment of fame!
Food
There are endless ideas for food at a Hunger Games party. We love this great video with loads of ideas:


Have a great party! 
Oh… and don’t forget to go see the movie at some point too. 

The very best traditional Halloween party games! Comments Off on The very best traditional Halloween party games!

Posted on October 04, 2013 by admin

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If you’re planning on hosting a Halloween party this year, you might be thinking about taking it back to basics. While costumes, music, snacks and plenty of drinks will be on the cards, in the name of all things retro, you might be thinking about including some classic Halloween games!

Playing games with your friends isn’t just a lot of fun, but it’ll really make your party stand out from the rest! Plenty of traditional party games are suitable for all ages, and only become more fun the older you are!

Bobbing for apples

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One of the best known and loved Halloween party games, bobbing for apples has been a staple of the holiday since Halloween parties began! You’ll probably remember playing this game as a child, and it’s only become more fun now that you’ve grown up!

To play a traditional version of this game, you’ll need to a find a big container that can be filled with water and apples. By kneeling on the floor, players will have to hold their hands behind their backs and use their mouths to grab hold of an apple! Be quick now, there’s only a minute on the clock…

For a grown up version, consider filling the container with a potent punch or cider to really kick things up a notch!

Pass the apple

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Apple-based games are very traditional for Halloween, with pass the apple perfectly complementing the bobbing game!

Standing in a circle, participants must pass the apple around from person to person, using only their necks and chins in order to do so. Careful not to drop it! The apple will return to the start should it hit the floor.

Pie eating contest

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Coming over from America is the pie eating contest! This is sure to get messy, so ensure you have someone on hand to deal with any spraying crust and cream!

Rather than attempting to eat a huge number of pies within a short period of time, contestants are given one fruit pie topped with whipped cream. Tying their hands behind their backs, the contestants then have one minute to consume as much of the pie as possible.

If you’re planning on having a drink whilst playing this game then take it easy – reduce the time by 30 seconds, or limit the amount of food available for people to eat.

Ghost stories

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A great game to play towards the end of the night (for those still standing) is try to compete with one another to tell the scariest story! Story tellers can either go for something traditional like a haunted house story, or a little more modern (and gory!).

If you’re playing this game, the atmosphere is important. Turn off all the lights and light a single candle.

Ouija board

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This adults-only game is sure to creep out even the bravest of participants. A board is really simple to make and even more simple to use, making it the perfect addition to any adult Halloween party.

Writing each letter of the alphabet on an individual scrap of paper, the letters are set out in a semi- or complete circle. Adding a smooth glass in the centre of the circle, each participant must place one finger on the glass. Ask a simple question, such as “is anybody out there?” and wait…

This game is truly not for the faint hearted! Some dispute the status of the Ouija board, with claimants from around the world suggesting that they have communicated with spirits while using the board, while others say it’s nothing short of nonsense…

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Last Minute Halloween Preparations Comments Off on Last Minute Halloween Preparations

Posted on October 30, 2012 by admin

If you are hosting a Halloween party but you have struggled to prepare because of the frantic demands of modern life, fear not! Fancy Dress Ball has dug out some great last minute preparations for you to still make it a party to remember!

Decorations

Have you ever thought of a Halloween-themed wreath? It’s the perfect time of year for it! Scour the streets for some autumnal leaves and twigs for the basis of the wreath, stick random Halloween decorations made of cotton wool to it and voila! (Courtesy of Love in the Suburbs).

Tricks

We can’t take credit for this one – Martha Stewart can – but the pumpkin party cooler is one of the best and simplest Halloween ideas we’ve ever seen. If you have a spare pumpkin at home or can get hold of one, simply cut the top off it, fill it with ice and stick your drinks in to keep them cool all night!

Pumpkin Party Cooler

Treats

There are so many quick, simple things you can do with food for Halloween that it’s hard to pick and choose! Brownies always go down well at a party – all you need is icing and orange and green food colouring to make them ghoulish! These tasty looking treats are from Mummy Pages:

 

 

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