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There’s a reason that the theme of a fancy dress party has stood the test of time. Not only does it allow everyone to inject a bit of creativity into their outfit, a fancy dress party by nature means people will release their inhibitions and have a bit more fun. As well as this, the themes you can choose from are endless: from a letter party (for example the letter ‘G’), to an era (think 80’s or 90’s), to a coloured theme (a NYE white party). However, there are a few rules that you should follow to ensure that your fancy dress party goes according to plan. We’ve put together 4 ingredients that will ensure your next costume party is one to remember.
- Ensure it’s a theme everyone can get into
Depending on the demographic of guests at your party, you’re going to need to pick a theme that everyone can get into. For example, if you’re hosting a family friendly gathering, pick a kid-friendly dress up theme that all ages can get involved in, such as a Hawaiian theme. Conversely, if you’re throwing a hen’s night or bachelor party, the risque theme for these events will be vastly different. On the other hand, if you’re throwing a 50th birthday, why not bring back an era from the past, and throw an 80’s bash? The options are endless, just make sure you consider your guest list before picking a theme.
- Capture everyone’s fancy dress attire
What’s the use of creating all these fantastic memories in spectacular costumes, if there is no documentation to prove it? Make sure someone is on the video camera and that there are plenty of pictures to commemorate your fancy dress party. A great idea is invest in photo booth hire in Sydney to capture everyone’s fancy dress attire. Not only will your guests have a tangible memory in the form of a photostrip to take home with them, the props and fun atmosphere of a photo booth ensures that every guest can let their hair down and have a good time!
- Have a costume box on hand
Of course, there are going to be guests that feel insecure with dressing up and arriving in costume. Or, they might have just left it to the last minute and had no costumes in their cupboard! Either way, it’s a good idea to have a costume box on hand that fits with the theme. Once the guests who aren’t in fancy dress arrive, and see everyone in costume, they will more than likely want to get into the spirit of things and throw on a feather boa or a fancy dress hat.
- Decorate the party accordingly
A fancy dress party doesn’t just start and end with the costumes – it’s about making a fancy dress environment, too! Depending on the space, try to employ some decorations that fit within the theme. For example, if you’re throwing an 80’s party, decorate the space with old records and rock glam items such as sparkly wigs and sunglasses. If you’ve got a Hawaiian theme going on, decorate the space with coconuts, pineapples and floral leis. The options are endless!
Whether you’re throwing a 50th birthday, a hen’s party, a child’s birthday or a simple get-together, there is a fancy dress theme that will suit the occasion. Just be sure to pick a theme that will suit all guests, and have some cameras or a photobooth on hand to capture all the wonderful memories. Don’t forget to have a few extra costume items on hand for those who didn’t dress up, and make sure you throw up some themed decorations to really complete the night. Last, but definitely not least, make sure you enjoy yourself! Happy partying!