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  • We’re all mad here! How to host a Mad Hatter tea party

    If you want to host a bright and colourful party that will be fun for the whole family, look no further than throwing your own Mad Hatter's tea party. The story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is well loved, and the scene at the Mad Hatter’s tea party is one of the most brilliantly wacky.

    There’s something about the Mad Hatter’s tea party that appeals to the imaginations of adults and children alike, making it an ideal party theme for any age! Everyone likes the chance to be a bit silly sometimes, and this is the perfect excuse.

    Choosing the costume

    There's no denying it, throwing a wacky party is all about the costume! Whether it’s children’s costumes or adult costumes that you need, there are lots of options. Your children can choose from a host of characters, whether they want to be the party host - the Mad Hatter himself - the guest of honour, Alice or even the bossy Queen of Hearts!

    But the grown-ups don't miss out on the fun either! We have plenty of adult fancy dress costumes for your chance to shine as Alice or the Red Queen. And you’ll definitely need a fancy dress rabbit nose for whoever decides to dress as the March Hare! With this party theme, there is an exciting costume choice for everyone.

    Party props

    You'll also need a few colourful extras to really make your Mad Hatter tea party pop. Headbands are an easy and effective way to finish off outfits perfectly. Photo props are another way to make your photos stand out and mean you can take away some unforgettable memories from this fun day.

    Decorations

    And what about investing in a few decorations and signs to really make your home look like the Mad Hatter lives there? If you’re going to be throwing your party indoors, ceiling decorations are an ideal way to fill the space effectively. And if you’re planning on being outside, or you just want to advertise exactly where the party is, you'll need a bright and colourful yard sign.

    Whatever you need for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, from costumes to table settings, decorations to plates and napkins, you’ll find it all at Party Warehouse. We're sure you'll have a fantastic time, so enjoy yourselves and don't forget to be a little bit silly too!

  • Great party themes for your spring birthday bash!

    Spring is on its way, and if you’ve got a big birthday coming up, it might be the right time to start picking an exciting theme for your bash. You may be an adult now, but there’s no reason you can’t have some fun! Here’s some great themed ideas for bringing your party to life with dazzling costumes and decorations for an all-round good time!

    Swinging sixties party

    Nothing says retro like a sixties party. Hire an old school jukebox, throw in some Beatles and Rolling Stones tracks, and decorate your house with peace symbols for a groovy time. Whether you’re a flower child or prefer being a Mod, we have a range of psychedelic party costumes for you to choose from.

    Disney party

    Just because you've grown up doesn’t mean you can’t relive your childhood favourites. Bring the magic of Disney to your spring birthday party. Be your favourite Disney princess, villain or Muppet for the night with a choice of authentic Disney costumes now available. For an added touch, hire a cartoonist to draw caricatures of your guests. They’ll absolutely love it!

    Gangster party

    Make your guests an offer they can’t refuse. Gangster themes are always a popular choice for adults. Relive 1920s New York with a prohibition party, turning your home into a ‘speakeasy’ with sharp mob suits and dazzling flapper dresses. Add that Italian flavour with a buffet of mini pizzas so your guests don’t grow hungry while playing Al Capone.

    Hollywood icons party

    Everyone loves the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, so if you’re heading for a night out on the town, why not let your guests dress up as their favourite movie or television icon? You’ll be the talk of the town with these Hollywood costumes. Be a pink lady from Grease, Edward Scissorhands or even Homer Simpson himself.

    Prefer another theme? That’s alright, we have a fantastic range of adult costumes you can choose from that can be ordered and delivered just in time for your big event. Make your birthday special this year with fancy dress outfits from The Party Warehouse.

  • Stand out from the crowd in group fancy dress

    You might have a group night out on the cards, or maybe you are going to do a team fundraising event and you are wanting to stand out from the crowd. Group fancy dress could be just what you are looking for. Take a look at some of our ideas that will keep everyone happy.

    Mixed-sex groups

    - Going for an Austin Powers theme can be a popular choice: there will be outfits to keep all ages, shapes and sizes happy. - The age-old favourite of a team of hospital staff can also be easily coordinated. You don't need to stop at the Doctor, Nurse and Patient roles, though: don't forget those sporty physiotherapists, cheeky clerical staff and the scientists who spend their lives looking through a microscope in hidden hospital laboratories. - You could really make an impression by going as a circus crew. From clowns, the ringmaster and the trapeze artists all the way down to different animals and their handlers!

    All-male groups

    - Military men always catch the eyes of passers-by - Take the khaki one step further and step out as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Or really grab your group all of the attention by asking your group to dress as their favourite superhero. Of course, you will find the traditional superman and batman but be prepared for a few curve balls to turn up (think Buzz Lightyear! https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/deluxe-buzz-lightyear-costume/)

    All-female groups

    - The pink ladies from Greece is always a classic choice - Try something completely different and take a look at our crayon dress costumes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/black-crayola-costume/) - Choosing a decade can also be a great idea to help members of your group to find the right style that will make them feel comfortable wearing a costume to your event.

    Groups of children

    Often the choice of costume is firmly in the hands of the children! Despite this, here are a few ideas that you can tempt them with, just in case they might be open to something new!

    - Disney is, of course, an obvious choice. Groups of princes and princesses frequent many children's parties on a daily basis. - Animals can be a fun choice and are often favoured by those who wish to go for a more gender neutral theme

    Getting a group of like-minded people together is always good fun. Add fancy dress into the mix and it's a recipe for success. To find out more about what fancy dress choices might be available for you, browse our site today (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/).

  • The trick to organising your child's Star Wars party

    Star Wars never fails to capture the imagination of each new generation, so it’s possible that your young child may have their sights set on a birthday party in a galaxy far, far away. Luckily, it’s never been easier to throw your little one a bash based on the saga thought up by George Lucas. With this in mind, here’s just a brief rundown of some of the items to make it a speculator shindig that your child and their guests will never forget.

    The good guy

    Everyone loves the heroes, right? That’s why the bulk of the kids will have their eye on going as Obi-Wan Kenobi. This costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-obi-wan-kenobi-costume/) is a mini replica of the one worn in the film and fits those aged between eight and ten. Needless to say, it would be perfect for the birthday boy - or girl!

    The bad guy

    Believe it or not, there’ll always be someone who likes the villain. In this case, why not point that guest in the direction of dressing like Darth Vader? After all, the costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-darth-vader-costume/) is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema. The get-up is all black and features the mask that Darth famously peeled off when he revealed himself to son Luke in Return of the Jedi.

    The best of the rest

    You can never have too many stormtroopers knocking about. Therefore, suggest the all-white costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-stormtrooper-costume/) for anyone who is stuck for ideas. Rows upon rows of the troops will actually cap off the theme quite nicely since there are similar scenes witnessed in the films.

    The decorations

    You won’t have to look far to find decorations and props that meet the theme. In fact, you should be able to set the scene just by getting your hands on Star Wars-themed napkins, balloons, plates, cups and table covers. These can all be purchased in a single pack (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/star-wars-force-awakens-pack-8-people/) and are ideal for making people feel like they’ve stepped into a whole new galaxy. Need extras? Don't panic, you can also purchase individual items such as extra plates and cups.

    It’ll be out-of-this-world fun!

    As far as Star Wars parties are concerned, the road to success is as simple as sorting costumes and decorations. When all’s said and done, your child will no doubt be thrilled with the outcome.

  • Don't panic: we've got World Book Day costumes covered

    The most important date of your kid’s year is almost here: World Book Day (if you need a clue, it’s on 2nd March)! Now that you’ve been told well in advance, there are no excuses for having to rustle up something that looks remotely similar to a nondescript character from a book, that might not even be a book, the day before.

    No longer do you have to ruin perfectly good clothes just so that your child resembles Smee from Peter Pan. What’s even better is that once you’ve bought a costume, it can be recycled for every World Book Day (until they grow out of it) and any other fancy dress party in which it fits the category.

    Choosing a costume couldn’t be easier here at Party Warehouse, but to kick-start your search, here are a few pointers:

    If you have a daughter who wants to be a princess for the day, let her embrace this dream with one of the fabulous princess costumes we have to offer. The options are so endless, from classic Cinderella (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-classic-cinderlla-costume/) to exotic Jasmine (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-jasmine-sparkle-costume/), that she won’t know which to choose.

    If your daughter prefers to imagine herself going on adventures and quests, being Alice in Wonderland (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-deluxe-alice-costume/) or Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-deluxe-dorothy-costume/) for the day might be just up her street.

    If you are struggling to think of what your son could wear, try matching the character to his personality. Is he a cheeky chappy like Horrid Henry (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-horrid-henry-costume/) or does he have such a sweet tooth like Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-willy-wonka-costume-11643/)?

    If you have twins or children who go to the same school, you could see if they wanted to team up (highly unlikely but it’s worth a shot) as Where’s Wally?’s Wenda (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-wheres-wally-wenda-costume/) and Wally (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-wheres-wally-costume/)! Or for Harry Potter fans, dressing up as a Hogwarts student (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-gryffindor-robe/) will make the day magical.

    Here at The Party Warehouse, our mission is to cater for all. With a range of costumes that are quite literally bulging out the sides of our fancy dress boxes, we reckon there is nothing better than putting smiles on children’s faces as they become their favourite book character for the day.

  • It’s time to strike with a superhero party

    Is there anything more fun than a superhero party? Probably not. Dressing up as larger-than-life characters is exciting for everyone involved – and there’s an abundance of costumes on hand for both men and women. If you’re the host, it’s your responsibility to point people in the direction of the best fancy dress, as well as arrange for a few playful extras to be available for the bash. With that in mind, here’s a handy little starter guide to making your superhero party a success.

    Men’s costumes

    You’ll often find that your male guests won’t need any encouragement choosing a costume. But just in case they do, we've got everything from Spiderman outfits (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-spiderman-costume/) to Superman costumes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/superman-plain-chest-costume/) and even Darth Vader (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/star-wars-darth-vader-costume-6626/)! They’ll love it!

    Women’s costumes

    When it comes to your female guests, they’ll likely have their eye on two get-ups. The first is Wonder Woman (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/wonder-women-costume/). This costume isn’t just a classic, it’s also a bit sexy. The second option is Supergirl (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/velor-supergirl-costume/), a number which will surely give the men a run for their money when it comes to best dressed.

    Double acts

    Is there a more iconic double act than Batman (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/batman-dark-knight-deluxe-costume/) and his sidekick Robin (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/deluxe-robin-costume/)? These deluxe get-ups include padding to provide a muscle-bound illusion that's irresistible!

    The weapons

    Sometimes a fight is just inevitable when you put two superheroes in the same room. Instead of watching your guests throw fake punches, how about arming them with some silly string (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/silly-fun-string/)? It’s a good way for two people to clash without actually getting physical.

    The food

    Don’t worry about trying to bake treats in the shape of superheroes. Instead, just serve up the grub on these Batman party plates (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/batman-superhero-plates/). This should ensure that the theme continues even when your guests are chowing down.

    Decorations

    You’ll have to pay some attention to the décor if you want to go above and beyond. These Spiderman balloons (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/spiderman-latex-balloons/) should do the trick while not actually taking up too much of your time.

    Have a super time!

    Superhero parties are more popular than ever these days – and they’re also very simple to put together. For more suitable goodies and costumes, browse our site.

  • Turn back time with a retro costume party on New Year’s Eve

    It’s very almost 2017 - but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should only be looking towards the future. Instead, why don’t you turn back time by throwing a retro costume party on New Year’s Eve? The theme isn’t just fun, it’s also guaranteed to get guests involved as there’s such an array of fancy dress they can wear. With that in mind, here are just five eras that you and your guests could take inspiration from.

    The 50s

    The 50s saw the birth of a new style of music. Originally made famous by the likes of Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, you can pretend it’s fresh again by donning this rock ‘n’ roll dress (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/rock-n-roll-dress/). Luckily, polka dots never go out of style, so you should still look somewhat fashionable even in your dated outfit.

    The 60s

    For many, hippies are the first thing that comes to mind when they think of the 60s. Therefore what else could make for a better outfit? This groovy tie-dye ensemble (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/60-s-groovy-tie-die-costume/) might be way over the top, but it definitely fits the theme of the throwback party.

    The 70s

    The New Year’s Eve bash could well turn into a good ol’ fashioned disco if you rock up wearing this frilly fantastic costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/frilly-fantastic-costume/). Let’s just hope that you’ve got the dance moves to do the outfit justice.

    The 80s

    Olivia Newton-John stormed the charts with Let’s Get Physical in 1981. Now, more than 30 years later, you can follow her lead with your own neon fancy dress costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/lets-get-physical-costume/). If you can pull this off it’ll surely take your guests on a walk down memory lane.

    The 90s

    The biggest TV show the 90s was surely Baywatch. It created stars out of Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth and Carmen Electra. You can now channel your inner beach babe with this lifeguard costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/baywatch-lifeguard-costume-8066/) that totally screams the 90s.

    Party like it’s 1999 (or earlier)

    The good times are sure to roll if you hold a retro-themed party on New Year’s Eve. You can get hold of all these outfits and more by heading to Party Warehouse today.

  • The best film fancy dress costumes for the work's Christmas party

    Halloween may have come and gone for another year but that doesn’t mean you have to hang up your costumes for 2016 just yet. If you are itching for another stab at fancy dress this year, why not hold a movie-themed bash for the work's Christmas party? Such a get-together marks the perfect occasion to channel all the characters we love from cinema history. Here are some of the best costumes that you could use.

    Edward Scissorhands

    It was back in 1900 when Johnny Depp first brought Edward Scissorhands (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/edward-scissorhands-costume/) to life. Movie-goers fell in love with the sympathetic character almost instantly and he’s held a special place in their hearts ever since. Now you can channel your inner-Edward by slipping into his famous threads.

    Freddy Krueger

    Freddy Krueger spooked an entire generation after his debut in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Played by Robert Englund, the character would later appear in several sequels over the next three decades. If you are a member of the fairer sex, now is your chance to become Freddie with your very own Miss Krueger costume insert link (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/miss-krueger-costume/). Here's hoping your boss is a fan of the horror genre!

    Beetlejuice (insert link: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/beetlejuice-woman-costume/)

    Beetlejuice – played by Michael Keaton – terrorised Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis in the 1988 modern classic. You can now terrorise your own workmates by donning his infamous black and white striped suit. Any of your colleagues familiar with the film will surely be howling when they see you donning the costume.

    Darth Vader

    A movie-themed work's Christmas party just wouldn't be complete without an appearance from Darth Vader. The iconic baddie first appeared in Star Wars in 1977. Since then - one way or another - he's captured the imagination of every generation. Now you can turn to the Dark Side with the second skin fancy dress costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/2nd-skin-darth-vader/). Whatever you do, just don't forget to bring along your lightsaber.

    Have a fun night

    Fancy dress costumes always put everyone in a good mood. The movie theme never fails to stir up some fun and these costumes make for the perfect attire for anyone in attendance at the work's Christmas party.

  • How to out-creep your friends this Halloween...

    Yes, it's that time of year again; Halloween is almost here.

    So you've already received your party invite and everyone is getting excited about what they're going to wear, but if you're one of those struggling for inspiration don't fret; you're in the right place. We've got some positively ghoulish suggestions that will make sure your costume is the highlight of any Halloween party...

    First up is a true nightmare vision; imagine the horror of seeing the 'undead' appear before your eyes. Now imagine that the zombies are coming after you in the form of someone usually so trusted: the Lollipop Lady (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/zombie-lollipop-lady-costume/) - it doesn't even bear thinking about, does it?

    Fresh from dealing out some debatable forms of justice in 'Suicide Squad', it's everybody's favourite bad girl Harley Quinn. Complete with Harley's signature multi-coloured hair, you can bring the Joker's female friend to life with our spooktacular costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/harley-quinn-costume/).

    It wouldn't really be Halloween without Chucky, would it? Well, as luck would have it, we've re-created the demonic doll and brought him back to life with our Chucky adult costume. Complete with a knife, dungarees and that iconic face and hair, this is one costume that's sure to creep out your fellow party guests (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-chucky-costume/).

    Give party-goers the fright of their lives with our Zombie Morphsuit (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/zombie-morphsuit/)! With terrifying and eye-catching details, this Morphsuit is sure to give everyone a serious case of the chills. It also has the added benefit of not restricting you too much so you can bust out a move when someone inevitably starts to play 'Thriller'.

    How about this one for a Halloween trick? It's our ventriloquist dummy costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/ventriloquist-dummy-costume/). Don't be fooled by the snazzy suit, this dummy is anything but nice. In fact, he's become so fed up of people continually putting words in his mouth that he's decided to come to life in order to hunt humans down for sport. We told you he wasn't nice.

    Don't forget, you can browse our entire collection of Halloween costumes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/halloween-costumes/) where you'll find everything from zombie basketball players to sinister clowns and much more - all of which are sure to go down a treat among your friends.

  • Two by two: couples costume ideas for you and your partner

    When you're in a relationship, what better way is there to rock up at a party than to be matching in an awesome couple's costume? It may be hard to come up with creative ideas that you both can agree on at first, but there are plenty of ways to go about it with the help of Party Warehouse. All of the costumes mentioned are linked to at the bottom of this blog so you and your partner can find your perfect fancy dress costume.

    For the more romantic couples, you can go with a traditional Disney couple. Beauty and the Beast is a great way to go with this, with both recognisable man and recognisable woman costumes. Or you might want to stick to the Disney theme, but just with a goofier twist. What better way to do this than with Mr and Mrs Potato Head?

    If you don't want to go too couple-y with your costumes, but want to match in theme, there's the option of going with a traditional duo such as Woody and Buzz Lightyear. You could both be superheros by going as crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin, or unlikely lovers Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.

    Dress as a pair from your favourite movie, like Mr Incredible and Elastigirl, or Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, to show the whole party what you like watching together.

    Alternatively, you might be looking for something more general, like a cop and a robber, or a pair from the same era like a 1920s gangster and flapper girl. These options can also be found on the Party Warehouse website for a relatively low cost.

    There's something for everyone when it comes to adult fancy dress costumes and you can easily coordinate your outfits as a couple!

    Beauty: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/beauty-and-the-beast-belle/

    Beast: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/disney-beast-costume/

    Mr Potato Head: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/mr-potato-head-costume/

    Mrs Potato Head: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/mrs-potato-head-costume/

    Woody: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/disney-woody-costume/

    Buzz Lightyear: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/disney-buzz-lightyear-costume/

    Batman: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/batman-deluxe-costume/

    Robin: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/deluxe-robin-costume/

    Miss Piggy: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/muppets-miss-piggy-costume/

    Kermit the Frog: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/muppets-kermit-costume/

    Mr Incredible: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/mr-incredible-costume/

    Elastigirl: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/mrs-incredible-costume/

    Alice in Wonderland: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/alice-in-wonderland-costume/

    Mad Hatter: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-mad-hatter-costume/

    Cop: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/american-cop-costume/

    Robber: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/convict-costume-6020/

    Gangster: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/gangster-instant-kit-red/

    Flapper girl: https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/black-flapper-dress/

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