Ever been the only person dressed up at a costume party? Struggled to think of a costume for a theme? Sometimes the topic can be a little tricky, but here are five simple party themes that will have your guests decked out from head to toe.
Pirate Party Have guests go all out with baggy pants, swords, puffy shirts, feathered hats and a wooden leg. Parrots are more than welcome. For those amongst us short on time or motivation a striped t-shirt and a bandanna/tea towel around the head will save them from walking the plank.
There are a range of monsters available to imitate such as Frankenstein, Sully from Monsters Inc, or the assortment of monster neighbours on Sesame Street. It doesn't take a lot of work though to dress up as a zombie – everyone can rip up a shirt and smear make-up down their face for an effective ghastly look.
What better excuse to be comfortable and wear your pyjamas outside? Simple as wearing a baggy old shirt and boxers or as dramatic as purchasing a onesie. Be warned: people will ask repeatedly "But what if I sleep naked?"
Mexican Party String up some bunting, prepare a piñata and bring out the corn chips. All it takes is a poncho, a sombrero and a pair of thickly drawn handlebars across the lip to turn any friend into an amigo.
Colour Party Ask guests to dress up in a particular colour. Everyone has a red shirt lying around or a pair of blue jeans so there really aren't any excuses for conforming for the night. A common twist is to designate a colour for each social group – i.e. work friends come in purple and school friends in green.
Offering prizes and awards for the best dressed is another great way to motivate people to throw on a pirate patch or their best sombrero. With simple themes like these you definitely won't be short of zombies or sleepyheads at your next big bash.