Fancy dress – not just for kids

How do you feel about dressing up?

Fancy dress is one of those things that’s a bit like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it.

I knew when I picked ‘burlesque’ as a fancy dress theme for a birthday party a few years back that I was taking a chance – not everyone is as keen as me to dress up for a party in just their pants – but fortunately for me the majority of my friends are exhibitionists, so I had a pretty good turn out.

Burlesque fancy dres

Who doesn’t love an excuse to wear their pants on the outside of their fishnets?

I was single at the time, and inclined to fill my time with odd projects, so I turned my shed into a cocktail den, painting it inside and out, and fitting it with fairylights and a home-made bar, beautifully crafted from a bookcase and a couple of offcuts. Black lace really does hide a multitude of sins.

For the party I had for ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ I had a range of pirate themed cocktails, and made my own skull and crossbones bunting. My friend Andy went as far as to grow a beard especially.

Pirate fancy dress

Try as she might, Nicky didn’t manage to grow a beard in time for the party

Perhaps my most expensive party was the one I had to mark my 32nd birthday – an important milestone in anyone’s life. The theme that year was ‘Grease’, and with the help of a hired jukebox, my kitchen became a diner for the evening.

Grease fancy dress

A T-bird casually hangs out at the jukebox

Whatever the occasion, whether it be a full on Burlesque experience or simply putting bin liners on your kids in place of Halloween costumes, I don’t think a person can fail to be cheered by a bit of dressing up.

Why not check out the fancy dress at and get inspired for your next birthday?



  1. 15 February, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    The photos explains that your 32nd birthday party was expensive. All ladies dresses them very well and they enjoyed lot there. Fancy dresses are not only for kids, women can also wear them.

  2. Fiona
    22 July, 2013 / 10:35 am

    I am just thinking to organize a fancy dress party with all my ladies. We are planning to have a whole night fun with lots of bear and dances. No entry for men LOL. And the best part will be the fancy dresses. Recently I have read a blog regarding how to manage the fancy dress party. If you have some other tips then let me know please.

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