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Have a Summer Fancy Dress Picnic! Comments Off on Have a Summer Fancy Dress Picnic!

Posted on August 03, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball


The Summer Holidays are in full swing now, and the novelty of not having to go to school has probably worn off slightly.

If you’re looking for a fun activity to fill those long Summer days, why not throw a Summer fancy dress picnic? It needn’t cost you a fortune; just arrange with friends to all bring your own picnic and picnic blanket, and the children (and adults if they like!) can all dress in their favourite fancy dress outfit.

The great thing about a picnic is, even if it’s just the same cheese sandwiches you eat at home, it feels special because you’re outside, sitting on a blanket.  Add in a fancy dress costume, and you’re laughing! Children don’t need much to be entertained; just the very fact of being somewhere different, wearing something different, is often enough to set their imaginations alight.

Here are our top tips for a successful fancy dress Summer picnic:

  • Whether you’re looking for costume ideas or fancy recipes, Pinterest is the place to look. Seriously, this is the sort of event Pinterest was made for and you’re bound to find loads of brilliant ideas.  For example, this pin:
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  • Don’t over-think it! Arrange to meet a couple of other families at the park, and stress that it’s not a big deal. Nobody wants to be stressing over something that’s meant to be fun!
  • Freeze your drinks and use them as ice blocks to keep the food cool. This will mean less to carry there, and even less to carry back again!
  • Bring bubbles. Never underestimate how much fun children can have with just a couple of bottles of bubbles mixture. Double points if you can get one of those massive bubble swords that make gigantic bubbles!
  • You don’t need to go far. Anywhere with a bit of green space is ideal. You could even just put up some bunting in your garden and invite people to picnic with you there.
  • Cutting sandwiches into different shapes always makes them more tasty. Even if you only cut the crusts off, they’re always more exciting than what you eat at home every day.
  • Bring sun hats and sun cream, and try to sit in (or near) the shade. We know the Great British Summer has a habit of disappearing, but it can also sometimes creep up unannounced – and sun stroke is nobody’s idea of a good time.
  • Have fun!

If you’re having a fancy dress picnic this Summer Holidays, we’d love to see some photos! Why not share them on our Facebook wall or Tweet us @FancyDressBall.

The ultimate guide to your Spring Break party Comments Off on The ultimate guide to your Spring Break party

Posted on March 28, 2014 by admin


The end of March is fast approaching and with spring and summer well on the way, the warm sunny weather can’t be that far behind. If you’re looking for ways to get into the sunshine spirit this spring, then why not consider throwing a beach party?

Beach buffet

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Whether you’re serving food, drinks or just nibbles, this beach themed buffet table is a great way to give your party a summery feel. Using a brightly coloured table cloth, fairy lights and colourful plastic cups and plates, you can easily achieve this bright buffet!

Under the sea jellyfish

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If you’re creative and crafty then these kooky jellyfish decorations are a fun to make and a great way to transform your home into beach-side resort! Using paper plates, streamers, ribbons and a bit of crafty talent, you’ll have some great decorations in no time!

Beach party… This way!

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If you need to point your guests in the right direction, then why not create an authentically weathered beach sign? All you need to create your sign is an old piece of plywood and some paint!

Indoor and outdoor parties

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Got a garden and the warm weather on your side? Then why not throw your beach party outside! Using deck chairs, picnic tables and a few beach balls, you can recreate the seaside in your backyard.

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Struggling for space in your back yard or contending with cold and rainy weather? Then bring the beach indoors and transform your living room into a five-star beach resort! Once again, a few buckets and spades and inflatable palm trees can provide an instant tropical beachfront!

Paddling pool beer cooler

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Keep your beers and soft drinks cool with this inventive cooler! Simply fill a small inflatable paddling pool with ice and your refreshments, and your guests can help themselves to an ice-cold drink throughout the party!

Get the beach party look

Hawaii party

Get into the summer spirit and throw on your favourite beach clothes. From Bermuda shorts to sarongs, a chilled out beach party means anything goes. You can even add a lei or a grass skirt if you’re going for more of a Hawaiian themed bash!

Check out this great make up tutorial by Casanchez18 for achieving the perfect on-the-beach make-up.

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Finish off your summer party look with some fab beach themed nails!

Thinking of throwing a beach party of your own? Share your ideas over on our Facebook page.

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