Almost everybody loves a fancy dress party! No matter what your age might be, or the occasion to be celebrated, fancy dress is a chance for guests to let their hair down and enjoy being someone else for a few hours! A great idea for a family get-together, fancy dress also works well at anything from a kids’ party through to an adult birthday or seasonal celebration. If you’re planning a fancy dress party, take a look at our top tips to make it a success!
1. Consider your venue
Nothing sets the scene for a fancy dress party better than picking a suitable venue. Although it’s possible to customise a room with props, the right location can add plenty of ambience to your party with relatively little effort. An older property, for example, is great for a period fancy dress party; alternatively, why not consider a farm for a scarecrow party or a piece of woodland to stage an elfen event?
2. Themed food and drink can really make a difference
Food and drink is an area where there is room for enormous creativity when it comes to party planning! Most people are familiar with spider biscuits, cobweb cake and witches fingers (often sponge fingers, suitably embellished with food colouring and icing) that are staples at a Halloween bash, but there are plenty of other possibilities. As well as changing the menu to suit the theme, changing the format for serving refreshments can also transform your party. Why not stage a dinner party or hold a picnic, hog roast or BBQ?
3. Entertainment matters
The sky is the limit when it comes to entertainment. The days when a few tunes on a sound system was about as good as it gets are long gone. Party entertainers offer anything from magic shows through to assault courses, murder mystery games, casino nights and more. No matter what fancy dress theme you adopt, there’s entertainment that will work with it. Star wars costumes, for example, just cry out for a light saber duel contest, or the services of R2D2 and C3PO robots.
4. Provide sufficient notice and assistance for partygoers
Although some people absolutely love a fancy dress party, others may be concerned about putting together a suitable costume. Providing some ideas, as well as giving details of fancy dress stockists for party-goers who don’t want to attempt a DIY costume, are both thoughtful acts. It’s also helpful to give guests some notice of when the party will be held: costumes often take a few weeks to assemble, so allowing plenty of time for people to prepare makes sense.
Parties are fantastic opportunities for people to enjoy themselves and forget about their everyday worries and duties. Fancy dress gives them the chance to be someone else, providing a degree of escapism you just can’t get when you’re wearing your usual clothing. Get in touch to find out more about our fancy dress options, or get some more party ideas.