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  • 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/

  • Bring on the chills: super creepy Halloween costumes

    For many, Halloween is the event of the year. It’s the perfect time for all the family to participate in the ancient Celtic ritual of Samhain, although these days, we celebrate in pure party fashion with fancy dress, halloween costumes and by crafting gruesome looking pumpkins. It’s a fun time and one that can be spent with friends and family.

    There is a long tradition of celebrating Halloween. It was the one time of the year where spirits could walk the Earth and people lit bonfires and dressed elaborately so as to protect themselves and ward off the unwanted attention of ghosts. In the last 20 years or so, Halloween festivities have changed and grown almost beyond recognition. Initially, children dressed up for trick or treat, but now parents join in the fun, embracing the unique atmosphere of this celebration and telling ghostly stories by candlelight.

    Creating your own costumes may be difficult and time-consuming and, if you really want to compete with others by dressing the best, then The Party Warehouse has the solution:

    Halloween Costumes

    Children's costumes: Children love to dress up and participate in all of the fun of Halloween and you can find a wide variety of costumes including a traditional Wendy the Witch costume for girls (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-wendy-the-witch-costume/) and a scary Mad Hatter Vampire costume to keep the ghouls at bay for boys.(https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-mad-hatter-vampire-costume/) The choice is extensive, but rest assured there's something for every child!

    Women’s costumes: It’s always more difficult to find exciting and inventive Halloween costumes for adults, but there is a wonderful selection of costumes for those women who want to embrace ghostly traditions. Choose from the Countess Nocturna costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/countess-nocturna-costume/) to the Miss Chucky costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/miss-chucky-costume/) or even the Zombie Schoolgirl costume. (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/zombie-schoolgirl-costume/)

    Men’s costumes: The Party Warehouse has come up with some fantastic and creative costume designs for men too. Choose from the Ventriloquist Dummy costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/ventriloquist-dummy-costume/), guaranteed to terrify all those around you, The Zombie High Priest costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/zombie-high-priest-costume/) or, go one step further and choose the terrifyingly scary Clown Morphsuit costume (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/scary-clown-morphsuit/).

    Accessories: If you don’t want to throw yourself completely into the fancy dress spirit, you can still impress friends and family by choosing Halloween accessories. There are so many Halloween costumes and accessories to choose from, including vampire teeth, zombie masks, devil horns or even black neon skeleton tights. Start planning your Halloween party now, so that you really stand out from the crowd.

  • Dressing as Disney: the perfect party theme

    Fancy dress parties are great fun, for both adults and children alike. Coming up with a theme that suits both younger and older audiences, though, can be tricky.

    If your party guests are a mix of ages, why not consider opting for a Disney theme this year?

    The magic of Walt Disney has graced our screens for years and years, and is known and loved by both kids and adults. Theming an entire party around his cartoon films is simple: have the movies playing to keep younger ones entertained, play music from soundtracks, choose food that features in the films (Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and meatballs, anyone?) and then - of course - there's the costumes.

    The beauty of picking a Disney theme is that there are a wealth of characters to dress up as, no matter what your tastes are. Here are a few ideas.

    For little princesses...

    Most little girls love the chance to dress up as princesses - and bigger girls do too! Whether it's Jasmine (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-jasmine-sparkle-costume/), Sofia (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-classic-sofia-costume/) or Belle (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-classic-belle-costume/), children can live out their dreams - and there are plenty of princess costumes for adults too.

    For couples...

    A Disney theme works perfectly for couples who want to synchronise their costumes. How about Mr Potato Head (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/mr-potato-head-costume/) and Mrs Potato Head (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/mrs-potato-head-costume/), or Beauty (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/beauty-and-the-beast-belle/) and the Beast (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/disney-beast-costume/)?

    For little heroes...

    The boys shouldn't feel left out - Disney films feature a huge number of strong male characters who will appeal to children. Acting as the swashbuckling Jack Sparrow (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-jack-sparrow-costume/) or going "to infinity and beyond!" as Buzz Lightyear (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-classic-buzz-lightyear-costume/) is sure to appeal - or why not let them stay young forever as Peter Pan (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-peter-pan-costume-7154/)?

    For the tiniest of children...

    Nothing gets people smiling more than toddlers in fancy dress at their parents' parties! There are plenty of jumpsuit-based Disney outfits that mean you can get even the smallest of children involved, and dressing them as the likes of Tigger (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-classic-tigger-costume/) or Winnie the Pooh (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/kids-winnie-the-pooh-costume/) will also make for some great photo opportunities.

    There's "a whole new world" of options out there when it comes to Disney fancy dress parties!

  • Festival fancy dress

    The music festival season is upon us, and nowadays that means that fancy dress is almost obligatory. Many UK music festivals actually request that you dress up on one particular day of the event, with some even suggesting a specific theme each year for your fancy dress costumes.

    Of course, not all festivals stipulate dressing up as part of the deal, but a lot of festival-goers still opt to do it anyway. Seeing everyone wandering round in character all adds to the weird and wonderful landscape of any music festival, and helps everyone to let their hair down properly.

    With that in mind, we've got some music-related adult costume dress for you to choose from for your next music festival outing. With our range of outfits from through the ages, you can even pick your favourite musical era for inspiration.

    50s

    Our 50s costumes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/decade-costumes/1950-s-fancy-dress/) have a big rock'n'roll vibe, channeling Grease and, of course, the timeless musical legend, Elvis.

    60s

    Would you have been a mod in the 60s? Or would you have been a psychedelic hippy? Now you can choose, when you check out our 60s section to find the style vibe that best suits your musical tastes (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/decade-costumes/1960-s-fancy-dress/).

    70s

    Be a dancing queen or a rocket man from the era of disco, Abba and prog. There's so much musical history to choose from in our 70s inspired costume collection (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/decade-costumes/1970-s-fancy-dress/).

    80s

    Possibly the most fun era for pop star fancy dress, you could be anything from a classic Michael Jackson, George Michael, or Tina Turner to a classic rocker, a punk or a Madonna-inspired pop princess. See our 80s collection for all this and more (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/decade-costumes/1980-s-fancy-dress/).

    90s

    Skater chic was all the rage with pop stars in the 90s, so you can get kitted out with some big baggy trousers or a full-on Prodigy outfit from our 90s collection (https://www.thepartywarehouse.co.uk/adult-fancy-dress/decade-costumes/1990-s-fancy-dress/).

    Of course there are so many other options to choose from, so take a look at our full range of adult costumes for either an individual look or a group costume idea for you and your festival buddies.

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