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  • Shiver me timbers! Your guide to throwing a pirate-themed party

    Don’t spend your summer dreaming about sailing the seven seas. After all, you can hold a perfectly good pirate party on dry land instead. The theme is one that should capture the imagination of all your guests as you transport them to your make-believe ship. If you want your bash to have people roaring with laughter rather than making you walk the plank, here are four ways to pull it off.

    Send invitations

    Forget about sending an impersonal text message or dropping a boring email to tell your guests about the party. Instead, push the boat out with red pirate party invitations (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/red-pirate-invitations/). The invites will let people know that you are serious about the theme, while also getting your friends and family excited about what’s on the horizon.

    Suggest fancy dress

    It wouldn’t be a party unless there’s a crew of pirates walking around, would it? That’s why you should encourage all your guests to channel their inner-Captain Blackbeard by slipping into a fun fancy dress costume. There are fantastic get-ups available for both men and women, including a handful of flirty numbers that are perfect for the fairer sex (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/red-flirty-pirate-costume/).

    Decorations

    Of course, it would be ideal if your guests were just bursting with imagination when they arrive at the bash. However, you can always push them in the right direction with some cleverly chosen decorations to set the scene. There are plenty of items that will accomplish this, however, skull balloons (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/pirate-skull-balloons/) should really help people stay in the moment until the party is done and dusted.

    Supplies

    The majority of people will be aware that pirates tended to drink rum on their travels. That said, there’s no reason for you to splash out on booze for everyone to drink. Instead, you can do your part by supplying pirate cups (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/pirate-cups/) for your guests to sip their own alcohol out of.

    Shiver me timbers!

    You’ll be glad to know that a pirate-themed party takes very little effort, yet still provides many happy memories. To throw such a party this summer, you can get the ball rolling by picking up all these items (and more) at The Party Warehouse.

  • How to get your 80s groove on

    Everyone loves the 80s, and what’s not to like? Big hair, bigger shoulder pads, neon, lycra, and all things embarrassing. It’s the perfect theme for every fancy dress party, and you need no excuse to go back to the glory days and invite your friends and family to shame themselves alongside you. If you’re ready to let go of your inhibitions, paint your lips - and the town - red, and have a good time, here’s how to get your groove on…

    1. The hair

    When you think of the bright and brilliant 80s, one of the first things that springs to mind is the hairstyles. Male or female, big was in vogue, and tightly curled, spiralling perms were the order of the day. This means that our boogie babe wigs are just what every lady is looking for, whilst our eighties tennis player look has the gents covered. Don your new hairstyle for the night and get ready to dance.

    2. The outfit

    The 80s were the era of Madonna, Boy George, and other madcap pop stars, whilst the less famous among us enjoyed wearing neon shell suits, punk rock leather and tartan combos, or brightly coloured tutus, depending upon our particular style leanings. Luckily for you, we have plenty of outfits to choose from. Pair bright pink skirts with fishnets, add some braces, and get ready to let your hair down, or take your style inspiration from Beetlejuice and rock a pinstripe suit. The 80s was all about having fun, and a big smile is an essential part of your outfit.

    3. The footwear

    The 80s wouldn’t have been complete without some truly outrageous footwear, so have a dig around in your closet and see what you can find. Everything from clogs to boat shoes made the cut, with Doc Martins, penny loafers, jelly shoes, and Converse being all the rage.

    Pair the look with some blue mascara, yellow eye shadow, and any hue of eye liner (we’re talking to the gents as well) to complete your fabulous ensemble. Be bold, be bight, and be a little bit balmy, and you’ll have captured the essence of the era to perfection.

  • Aloha! How to throw the perfect Hawaiian party

    Hawaii is fondly thought of as one of the most exotic places in the entire world. It’s an island associated with sun, sea, sand and a broad range of tropical traditions. With that in mind, it really does make for an amazing party theme if done right. Anyone thinking of throwing a Hawaiian-themed bash has a huge range of fancy dress and decoration options at their disposal. Here are just a few that will ensure the night goes off with a bang!

    Invites

    You can get the ball rolling by sending your guests some Hawaiian-themed invites (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/luau-party-invites/). These colourful invites are sure to let guests know there is a special night on the horizon as they are invited to a luau.

    Decorations

    There is a world of decorations that can set the scene. Amongst the most popular options include table skirts (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/transform-table-kit/). To continue the effect from room to room, you can also choose a floral door curtain (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/flower-door-curtain/) for guests to walk through when they first arrive.

    Leis

    Let’s be honest, you can’t throw a Hawaiian party without leis. In fact, you can probably expect the majority of your guests to turn up wearing these garlands. However, if you want to prepare leis for your guests you can bulk buy a box of 144 (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/box-144-asst-color-polyleis/) to make sure that nobody has to go without. After all, parties are best when everyone is in costume and this way no one will have an excuse!

    The little touches

    If you want to go above and beyond, then you will want to focus on the smaller details as much as possible. Your guests will probably be expecting you to be armed with leis, so why not incorporate a talking point they won't have thought of? You can inject some extra fun into the evening with playful products like inflatable parrots (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/inflatable-parrot-3688/). These are great fun and will remind your guests that you have gone the extra mile to transport them to Hawaii.

    Enjoy the luau!

    Don’t forget, you can pick up all these goodies (and much, much more) right here! Party Warehouse stocks an affordable variety of costumes and decorations for all occasions.

  • Why a uniform party is perfect for your hen night out

    Whether you’re the bride giving your bridesmaids ideas for your hen night, or one of the bridesmaids tasked with organising the big night, we have a huge selection of fancy dress costumes and games to make sure that ‘last night of freedom’ is one to remember. By theming the night with uniform fancy dress, you’re sure to bring together your whole group and create memories to last a lifetime. So why not check out some of our uniform fancy dress ideas with suggestions for games and activities you can play on the night to tie in the theme!

    Get enlisted!

    Army fancy dress outfits [https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/uniform-costumes/army-costumes/] are great fun on a hen party. The bride to be could be the Sargent Major for the night, making them feel they’re the focus of all the fun! Games and challenges you could play on the night should be themed around military exercises, using props you could wear with your outfits. Start the night by getting all your ‘recruits’ to complete basic training: ask each person a question about the bride and if they get it wrong, they have to do a shot or a forfeit. When you’re ready to move onto the next bar or venue – you can line your whole party up and have them march onwards into the night.

    Good vs bad

    Cops and robbers fancy dress [https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/uniform-costumes/cops-and-robbers-costumes/] is a great theme for a hen night, especially if you have members of the group who don’t know each other, or who are meeting for the first time. Pair people up as one cop, one robber and get them to work as a pair, or in two teams to complete challenges and games throughout the night. Some of the games you can play on the night could be to handcuff people together and get them to write the bride’s name at the same time as each other with their handcuffed hands. You could put people in ‘jail’ too – and give them a forfeit before they can be released – like finding a guy with the same surname as the groom.

    For more uniform fancy dress ideas, visit Party Warehouse today to make a themed hen party you’ll never forget!

  • How to rock it in traditional Venice carnival costumes

    The carnival of Venice is the height of the costume party. Its masks are among the most beautiful, fascinating and mysterious in the world. You can also take part in this amazing tradition, which started almost a thousand years ago! Read on to find out how.

    Characters to choose from

    There are various traditional characters who wear Venice masks. Here is a list of the main ones:

    1. Casanova

    Masks cover up your identity and give you the perfect occasion to overthrow the boundaries of daily life. And what boundary is more taunting than love? It's not surprising, then, that Casanova is one of the most popular Venice masks. Unlike "Don Giovanni", he didn't seduce women only to brag about it, but genuinely fell in love with every single one of them. So: get a pointy mask, paint on a beautiful moustache, get a vintage suit, and go look for some love!

    2. A simple "moretta"

    The traditional woman's costume is called a "moretta". This is a round mask (no pointy chins!), and now mainly comes in white. But traditionally it came in black, which is the origin of its name ("little brown one").

    Feel free to personalise your moretta mask with pearls, patterned fabric and laces. And make sure it matches with your fancy dress! This should be wide, made of laces and elegant colours that match with the colours you chose for your mask. Add a luxurious wig and you're ready to go!

    3. The black plague doctor

    This mask was born in the 1600s in the court of Louis XVI, but it's associated with the Venice carnival due to the success it had there. Get a long mantel, a pair of elegant gloves and a walking stick. And most importantly, get a mask with a long, beaked nose. This mask has all the mystery of the previous ones, with an added touch of horror.

    Purchase your Venetian mask online today from the Party Warehouse. We have a great selection to choose from here.

  • All you need for organising the perfect hen party

    If you've been assigned the task of organising a hen party, it might seem a daunting prospect. You'll want to make it special, fun and unique for the bride-to-be and her guests, filled with memories to cherish forever. No pressure then!

    As well as organising the big aspects, such as choosing the location, booking a hotel, hiring a venue and deciding on a theme or activities, it's often the small details, such as the accessories or decorations, that really make the event an occasion to remember.

    Choosing a theme

    Pick a theme that resonates with the bride-to-be, but one that will bring an element of fun to the occasion. Fancy dress costumes are always a great idea and are an easy way to establish a theme. If you're looking to create a raucous night-out for a hen party, our range of sexy fancy dress costumes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/popular-themes/saucy-fancy-dress/) should help to get the party started.

    Costume accessories

    Hen party fancy dress costumes aren't complete without the obligatory accessories, such as hats and headgear (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-party-supplies/hats-headgear/), or sashes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-party-supplies/hen-night-sashes-sets/). If you think your bride-to-be might prefer something a little more discreet whilst still injecting a sense of fun to the occasion, hen party badges will prove popular with all the ladies (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-night-party-badges-11392/).

    Decorations

    Once you've got your costumes sorted, it's time to focus on decorations to jazz up the hotel room or party venue! Balloons (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-party-latex-balloons-10pk/) are a must-have for any hen party, and a banner or two can also help set the tone (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-party-banner-3227/).

    Party games

    A big part of organising a hen party is arranging the events or activities, especially if the party takes place over a weekend. Whether you've got adrenaline-fuelled adventure activities, a spa pampering session or a pub crawl in mind, making sure that the ladies of the group are entertained at all times is crucial. To help fill in any spare gaps during your schedule of events, come armed with plenty of hen party games (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-party-supplies/hen-party-games/).

    Finally, once the party is over, capture the best moments and keep those fun-filled memories alive with a hen night memento book (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/hen-night-momento-book/).

  • 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.

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