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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 ( 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 (


    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 ( should really help people stay in the moment until the party is done and dusted.


    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 ( 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.

  • 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!


    You can get the ball rolling by sending your guests some Hawaiian-themed 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.


    There is a world of decorations that can set the scene. Amongst the most popular options include table skirts ( To continue the effect from room to room, you can also choose a floral door curtain ( for guests to walk through when they first arrive.


    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 ( 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 ( 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 [] 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 [] 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!

  • 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!

    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 ( - 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 (

  • 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( to exotic Jasmine (, that she won’t know which to choose.

    If your daughter prefers to imagine herself going on adventures and quests, being Alice in Wonderland ( or Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz ( 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 ( or does he have such a sweet tooth like Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (

    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 ( and Wally (! Or for Harry Potter fans, dressing up as a Hogwarts student ( 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 ( to Superman costumes ( and even Darth Vader (! 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 ( This costume isn’t just a classic, it’s also a bit sexy. The second option is Supergirl (, 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 ( and his sidekick Robin ( 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 ( 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 ( This should ensure that the theme continues even when your guests are chowing down.


    You’ll have to pay some attention to the décor if you want to go above and beyond. These Spiderman 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( Here's hoping your boss is a fan of the horror genre!

    Beetlejuice (insert link:

    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 ( 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.

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