The hubby and I have a wonderful friend who organises fancy dress parties at her house every year. She usually hosts a party for Halloween, one for New Year and one in the Summer too just because our group of friends pester her to host another one mid-year.
Her parties nearly always follow a theme and she goes to town on the décor, draping spooky cobwebs from the ceiling, hiding fake spiders all over the house and carving out tons of pumpkins with funny faces lit up by candles at Halloween. At the last New Year’s Eve party, she strung up 200 gold balloons from her living room ceiling and it looked spectacular.
I remember a party she that did for the Queen’s Birthday one year, where we all sang the National Anthem on the hour every hour and everywhere was decorated with Royal Family merchandise. So much fun and seriously our friend is just so creative!
Anyway, the hubby and I don’t go out much these days what with having to pay for a babysitter and of course we have the debts to pay for. But we always try to make it to her fancy dress parties because we know we’ll have a total blast and get to let our hair down for once.
Fancy dress parties can be expensive
It can be costly to attend a fancy dress party. The good thing about the parties we go to is that they are held at our friend’s house and the only thing we have to pay for are our drinks so we just bring a bottle of wine with us. But fancy dress costumes can be quite expensive. From my experience, a single outfit can easily range from between £20 to £50.
But it’s not so bad if you get creative and make your own costume. At the last Halloween party, the hubby and I attended in fancy dress as ‘Harry Potter’ (him) and ‘Hermione’ (me). I wanted the hubby to go as ‘Ron’ but he drew the line at that.
We made our own cloaks from cheap black fabric, I bought a wig from eBay and he bought some cheap round glasses. We added the scar (him) and a stuffed cat accessory (me) and we could have passed for the real deal. 🙂 We spent around £15 for everything.
You can save money on fancy dress costumes by getting creative
If you want to make your own fancy dress costume, there are tons of ideas on Pinterest. Just type in the kind of outfit you’re looking for in the search bar and you’ll see some great ideas plus tutorials. If you’re going down the DIY route, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to research and then make your outfit, otherwise you could end up in a panic with only half an outfit created. I think it’s the accessories that really make an outfit so if in doubt, spend your time (and money) on those elements.
If you don’t have time to make your own costume, you can always check out a fancy dress company but be aware that they can be pricey. You might be able to take advantage of a sale though like the Summer sale which is currently on at MrCostumes.com.
My 3 year old daughter gets invited to fancy dress parties all the time and although cheap fancy dress outfits for kids are readily available at our local supermarkets, I nearly always make an outfit for her. That’s because she outgrows an outfit so quickly that there’s just no point spending good money in this area.
If you’re looking for inspiration to make kid’s fancy dress outfits, check out Activity Village, they have really simple tutorials on how to make costumes for kids which look pretty cheap to make, plus loads of other free kid’s activities too.
Do you enjoy fancy dress parties? What’s your favourite costume?*This post was bought by Mr Costumes and all opinions are my own. **Photo courtesy of Flickr
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