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  • Get your geek on with a high-quality adult costume

    Geek culture has dominated mainstream media in recent years, particularly when it comes to film. Star Wars and Star Trek have both been reinvigorated with major cinematic releases. Meanwhile, much-beloved comic book icons including Superman and Batman have been given their own high-budget film franchises. With this level of cultural exposure, it’s hardly surprising that so many people have fallen in love with all things ‘geek’… including the costumes!

    Increasingly high numbers of people seek out sci-fi and superhero costumes for their fancy dress parties, and who can blame them? The escapism associated with the science fiction and superhero genres makes them ideal for themed costume parties.

    However, finding accurate, high-quality costumes isn’t always easy. If you want to indulge in a sci-fi or superhero-themed fancy dress outfit, it’s important to find a well-made one with the correct details. After all, for true sci-fi and superhero geeks, accuracy and faithfulness to the source material are vitally important. However, the smaller, subtler details of a fancy dress outfit can also turn it into a genuinely amazing costume that fully evokes the character it is designed to portray.

    Here at The Party Warehouse, we strive to ensure that all our costumes are high-quality, detailed and true to their source material. We currently offer Star Trek costumes (, Star Wars costumes ( and a full range of superhero outfits (

    You might be looking for a superlative reproduction of the Superman costume from ‘Man of Steel’ ( or an outfit that evokes everyone’s favourite sci-fi villain, Darth Vader ( Either way, we’ve got you covered.

    It can be hard to pull off the ‘geek chic’ look, particularly at a fancy dress party. You need to balance the accuracy and quality of your costume against its price. Luckily, we can help. Our costumes aren’t just gorgeously-designed, they’re also very affordable. We understand how important detail and quality can be for our adult costumes, especially when those costumes evoke geek culture icons. Take a look at the pages we’ve linked to in today’s blog entry and see for yourself. We promise that you’ll find something that suits you for a fair and reasonable price.

  • Costume parties? You're better off together

    Getting dressed up for a themed party can be great fun, but choosing a costume, and making sure that you stand out while also fitting in can make things more complicated. Going as part of a group, or dressing as a couple with your date can be a fun way to make sure that you look great, feel great, and fit right in. Just be sure that your costumes are linked to the theme of the party, however loosely!

    Pick a movie, any movie

    If you have a movie you and your friends love, a group costume should be a no-brainer! Going with the girls? How about channelling the Pink Ladies for an evening? Do you and your friends turn back into children when you get together? Try dressing as the four Teletubbies, and you’re sure to draw the right kind of attention. We also have a selection of Star Wars costumes, although we can’t condone mass lightsaber fights, fun as they may be.

    Fun for all the family

    Dressing up as a family can also be a fun option, and makes for excellent photos. Our Toy Story range is sure to delight fans of all ages – mums and dads make excellent Mr and Mrs Potato Heads, while kids will love dressing up as Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Our family-friendly Wizard of Oz costumes are show stoppers, with gorgeous outfits for Dorothy and Glinda, and convincing attire for the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.

    Couples’ costumes

    Whether you’ve been married for years, or you're on your first date, a couples’ costume can be a lot of fun. Get funky and funny, and attend your next fancy dress party as the 118 118 guys, or consider going as Kermit and Miss Piggy. Whether you decide to wear matching outfits, or get dressed up as a couple from your favourite book or movie, it’s sure to be a night worth remembering.

    Our group fancy dress page is sure to inspire you if you’re still not sure what to wear – our costumes range from fun, to flirty, to downright dapper.

  • 3 awesome themed party ideas

    You might associate themed parties with your childhood, but themed parties can be great fun for an adult celebration too, and it's likely that it'll be a night to remember. Encourage your friends to get dressed up and get in the spirit of it; be silly and enjoy yourself. Here are some of our favourite themed party ideas.

    1. 70s party

    It's a classic but that's because it's a good one! Start playing all your favourite 70s tunes and don your favourite garish glad rags. Think flares, flowers and sunglasses. We have some excellent costumes for you, like our 70s Rainbow Hippie costume. Whip up a bowl of punch and go to town on the 70s party favourites. If there was ever a time to make prawn cocktail, now is it!

    2. Wild West

    If you have never been to a barn dance, this could be your chance to make it happen. The country tunes will have everybody up and dancing and there's nothing like a line dance to get to know your neighbours. Even the most reluctant costumed guest will be able to muster the enthusiasm to unleash their inner cowboy or cowgirl.

    We have different Wild West costumes to suit everybody. You can choose from the Wild West Cowboy Kit or pick yourself up a Wild West Poncho. Don't forget the kids either, whether they want to go as rodeo cowgirls or dress up as the finest sheriff in town.

    3. Film characters

    This is the party for all those Hollywood lovers out there. You can pick the music of your favourite movie soundtrack to dance the night away to. Liven things up with a quiz based on movie trivia or movie style charades. Costume wise, this gives your guests tons of flexibility. Perhaps they will want to dress up as the Beetlejuice Woman or maybe go Grease style with our 1950s Pink Day Dress. For the men, we've got all your favourite superheroes, including Batman, and also the Muppets for a bit of extra fun. For a scary film twist, how about dressing up as Hannibal?

  • The evocative power of fancy dress

    Fancy dress costumes are whimsical and charming, but they can also be powerful and evocative. In fact, a well-organised fancy dress party has the power to transport you to a different time and place. Many of the costumes we sell here at The Party Warehouse are based on fantastical themes (for example, we sell both Superhero-themed fancy dress costumes and pirate-themed costumes). Others are based on specific TV programmes or films (such as our Star Trek and Wizard of Oz costumes). These allow you to step into the worlds depicted in your favourite shows and movies. However, the costumes that truly allow you to inhabit another place and time are those with a subtle grounding in reality. That’s why we offer such an extensive range of costumes based on culturally-significant decades.

    You might choose to don one of our 1920s-themed costumes ( and become part of a glamorous, dangerous world inhabited by gangsters, Gatsby-esque idlers and elegant flappers. Alternatively, you might like to slip into something from our range of 1960s-themed costumes ( and visit an uninhibited, psychedelic world of hippies, rock ‘n’ roll and free love. Of course, if you’re just feeling nostalgic for the golden age of disco, you can always return to it with one of our 1970s-themed costumes (

    Each decade in our shared history has been defined by certain trends, styles and attitudes. The cultural difference between decades is so great that they often feel like completely separate worlds. Fancy dress costumes and parties allow you to visit these worlds, even though they seem remote from us. Fancy dress costumes can often seem slightly magical, simply because they allow us to sample places and eras that aren’t part of our day-to-day lives.

    If you’re planning on hosting a fancy dress party, why not theme it around one of the fascinating decades or eras that helped to shape our culture? You might be surprised by how effectively a themed fancy dress party can transport you back in time. What’s more, you’re certain to find plenty of suitable costumes on our site. Start planning your party and buy yours today!

  • Celebrate your communion in style

    If you’ve got a child who’s celebrating their first Holy Communion, then it sounds to us like you’ve got a great excuse for a party! It’s a brilliant way to bring friends and family together to celebrate an important event in your little one’s life – and make your child feel pretty special in the process!

    For an occasion like this you’re likely to be catering for as many adults as you are children, if not more, so make sure your food isn’t too child friendly – opt for things like pizza and sausage rolls that anyone can enjoy rather than too many novelty snacks.

    You might want to steer clear of any foods that are too brightly coloured – wotsit dust or ketchup on your kiddo’s special outfit could really put a damper on the day! Failing that, make sure you have a change of clothes on hand in case your child can’t wait to play outside or wants to change into something it’s easier to run about in.

    Whether you’re celebrating a boy's ( or a girl’s ( first Holy Communion, we’ve got loads of lovely decorations and supplies in pink and blue to help you create a girly theme or a more boyish feel throughout your whole party.

    Blue and pink plates, napkins and banners will make sure no-one forgets it’s your little one’s special day – and they’ll feel like a real little prince or princess. Have a joint party for all of your child's friends who are receiving their first Holy Communion to ensure it's an occasion they never forget.

    You could decorate your party venue with cute photos of your child’s christening, or if you’re celebrating more than one child's special day, play a game where guests can guess which baby at their christening matches up to which of the children celebrating their first Holy Communion.

    Check out our full range of fancy dress as well as a brilliant selection of party supplies for all occasions, from christenings to communions and everything in between.

  • Inspiration For World Book Day

    World Book Day | Children's costume inspiration and ideas

    World Book Day

    Part of Book Week, world book day is a celebration of acclaimed authors, illustrators and glorious storytellers. March 3rd will be a day of real enjoyment for children and a great opportunity for parents' imagination to run riot with their kids' costumes.

    We at Party Warehouse have compiled a list of characters from some of our favourite children's books for your inspiration for book day costumes.

    Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl must be one of our all-time favourite children's authors, capturing the magical sense of childhood in his many books.

    Our new line of Roald Dahl costumes could be a fantastic choice for your child, with amazing characters such as Mr Fox from 'Fantastic Mr Fox', Oompa Loompa, Willy Wonka and Charlie costumes from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

    Matilda and Miss Trunchbull costumes from 'Matilda', and we even have a BFG costume fully equipped with big ears!

    Some of our favourite children's stories hail from the time of World War II such as, 'Goodnight Mr Tom', 'Carrie's War' and 'War Horse'. For children interested in this era, our evacuee costumes would be a really lovely choice. These little 1940s outfits finished with paper tags and paper boxes are a really lovely alternative.

    The Wizard of Oz

    'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' written by L. Frank Baum is such a magical book for children and we have some fantastic costumes for these enchanted characters, from Dorothy herself with her glittering ruby slippers to the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the evil Wicked Witch of the West!

    For very young children who love 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', the iconic and beautifully illustrated book by Eric Carle, will just adore dressing up as the munching hero of the story with our caterpillar costume.

    Harry Potter

    It has been almost ten years since J.K.Rowling finished the 'Harry Potter' series but its popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and we have just the ticket for Harry Potter obsessed children with our selection of Gryffindor robes for your little Harry, Ron or Hermione.

    Whether your child is princess mad or imagines themselves as Robin Hood, we have some fantastic choices for every type of reader!

    Have a look at our dedicated world book day costumes page and choose from our great selection! If you can't find that ideal costume you're after, call us on 028 71262619 and we will source it for you!

  • Be my valentine?

    It used to be that Valentine's Day was a celebration primarily marked in the US, but like Halloween it's quickly becoming one of the biggest events in the calender each year. As you're no doubt aware, we don't need much excuse for a party here at the Party Warehouse, and Valentine's Day ( is no exception.

    Children's party

    If you're a glutton for punishment and can cope with more than the mandatory birthday party each year for your kids, why not throw them a Valentine's Day party too? Older kids and teenagers might not be up for it, but little ones will love making cards, eating themed party food and playing fun games - they don't need an excuse!

    Why not send each child away with a heart shaped balloon (, in lieu of a party bag?

    Singles' party

    Lots of couples will be busy staring deeply into one another's eyes on the big day itself, but there are plenty of singletons out there feeling morose about being alone. Why not get all of your single pals together for a knees-up, to celebrate love in all its forms, including friendship?

    Buy in plenty of pink and red party supplies, plus wine and cake to drown your sorrows. Pop some romantic films on the TV and play spin the bottle!

    Party for two

    When you're in a relationship, the pressure is really on to make your celebrations together special - so go all-out on staying in! Restaurants can be crowded and overpriced on Valentine's Day, but a romantic night in is sure to go down a treat, especially if it's a surprise. Deck out the room with some fabulous balloons and banners, then whip up something special for dinner.

    If you're thinking of popping the question to someone special (and ladies, remember, it's a leap year!), a beautifully decorated and private dinner is the perfect way to do it this Valentine's Day.

    Valentine's party supplies

    Whether it's a soiree for two or 20, come to us for all your Valentine's Day party needs - from paper cups and balloons to banners and window decals.

  • Celebrate the love of friendship

    Valentine's Day can be such a cliché, and a bit of a non starter for those of us not happily entwined in couple-dom. But then again, platonic love for your friends is every bit as important as a romantic happy ending, so make sure everyone feels loved this year! Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for a party! And if it’s the perfect excuse for a party then it’s an even better excuse for a fancy dress party… Whether you love Valentine's Day or hate it, choose to embrace it in style - go straight or make it tongue in cheek but make sure your costume gets you noticed. Here are a few suggestions.

    How about going classic and dressing up as one of the Ancient Greek or Roman Gods of love? We have some great costumes that don’t involve you running around in a panic the night before trying to fashion something from a sheet! Our costumes will give a touch of class and come complete with all the accessories to complete your look (of love!). Still on a godly theme, if you’re feeling very brave how about coming as a Cupid? It is a fairly easy costume to put together: you’ll need something to preserve your modesty, be that a dress or a loincloth, a pair of wings from our selection and a bow and arrow.

    You could think slightly outside the box and go for a summer of love style. Our 1960s tie dye dress would be absolutely perfect for this! Team it with a pair of knee high boots, statement jewellery and a floral hairband, plus a good deal of eyeliner and glitter. We have a great selection of outfits for guys too, with a groovy tie-dye costume or the groovy hippie outfit – loads to choose from.

    So there you are – with a bit of effort you can hold a fabulous celebration of love of the friendship kind – a few heart balloons, decorations and Valentine's themed party supplies and you have the perfect party just waiting to happen.

  • Planning A Baby Shower? Here are some tips!

    Announce the gender of your baby in an unforgettable way with our fantastic Baby Shower party tips!

    Baby shower parties have become increasingly popular in recent times, being the perfect opportunity to share your wonderful news with friends and family – and, with a wide range of party accessories available, including baby shower games and decorations, you can be confident of creating a magical event that you’ll treasure for years to come.

    But while one option is to choose pink or blue decorations to match the gender of your unborn baby, a new trend that is popular in the United States is to decorate your venue in white and to announce your infant’s sex to your loved ones during the baby shower – for the ultimate surprise.

    So for a picture perfect moment – make sure your guests have their cameras ready – try these inspirational ideas for how to announce whether your baby will be a boy or a girl:

    Say it with balloons

    Pre-order pink or blue balloons in time for your baby shower but, instead of using them to decorate your party venue, pack them into a box so they can’t be seen. At the moment of truth, take your guests outside and release the balloons from the box, to announce the gender of your baby. It’ll make a fantastic photo opportunity!

    Create a party food display

    A display of party food coloured pink or blue can be a wonderful way to surprise your guests, especially if it is hidden behind closed doors so that they only discover it at an unexpected moment. While food that is naturally blue is a little hard to come by, it’s easy to colour party food such as cupcakes and sweets and to create a visually stunning display, especially when accessorised with matching baby shower decorations such as tablecloths, balloons and tableware.

    Bake a baby gender cake

    Alternatively, bake a baby shower party cake for your event with sponge that is coloured either pink or blue, but cover it with white icing, so that the colour is only revealed at the moment you cut into it. It’ll delight your guests and offer a moment of genuine surprise!

    A baby shower can be given an exciting twist if you take the opportunity to surprise your guests when you announce the gender of your baby, so browse our website to see the full range of party supplies available for an unforgettable occasion.

    We have a wide range of baby shower party supplies available to help decorate your venue and welcome a new baby!

  • Frozen, because cool is hot!

    Christmas is just about behind us, so you can put away the Santa costumes at last, and look at your year ahead. Hopefully there are some things we can help you out with, here at The Party Warehouse, whether you need a fancy dress costume, party supplies, or a balloon display and our pick to start off the new year is Frozen.

    We want to help you get your celebration organised from start to finish, and we think we’ve got everything covered. Of course, if you think there’s something we’re missing, get in touch and let us know. If you want it, we’ll do our best to find it for you, at a great price. One of the hottest – pardon the pun – trends at the moment is Frozen, the Disney tale of two sisters who live in snowy Arendelle. A bit hit with children of all ages since its premiere in 2013, we’ve got plenty of party pieces to make your Frozen party a big hit.

    Start with the invitations – Frozen themed, of course. We’ve got those in stock. Just add the name of the party host, and the details of your party, and hand them out to your guests.

    Is it a fancy dress party? We’ve got that covered, too. We stock six different Frozen costumes, catering for would-be Annas and Elsas, no matter what their preferred style. We’ve even got the dress up shoes as well, to finish that costume perfectly.

    Fantastic Range of Frozen Party Supplies!

    Venue decoration is something we love. We can make you a brilliant balloon display in Frozen’s colour scheme, with helium filled foil balloons, traditional latex balloons, balloons in the shape of letters and numbers for spelling out words or ages, and modelling balloons for making fun shapes from. Banners, confetti, piñatas and flags are all in stock in a variety of designs. Check out our Supershape Frozen balloon, or our amazing Frozen Bubble balloon for something a bit special.

    Let’s consider the all important tea party. We can set you up with plastic Frozen cups, paper napkins, and disposable plates. We can even provide the Frozen themed tablecloth, decorated with Anna and Elsa’s happy faces.

    There’s no need to be 'cooled off' at party time! At The Party Warehouse, we’re all about having a good time, and we want to make sure that you have the best time you can when you come to The Party Warehouse for your party essentials.

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