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Published October 29th 2010
Want to see Homer Simpson at your next party or maybe you'd prefer to invite an alien, pirate or Marilyn Monroe. Any of these guests are possible if you hold a fancy dress party.
Fancy dress parties are a lot of fun and a chance to find out things about your nearest and dearest. Start by choosing a theme for your party, such as favourite celebrity or sports star, tv show character or time in history say 60s, 70s or even the stone age.
Once you have a theme, get some invitations happening – evite and partyon are 2 web based services which allow you to send out themed email invitations. Match the invitation to your theme, if you are going for a 60s party use lots of geometric patterns and bright colours.
As host, your costume is all important, if you have creative skills you might want to make the costume yourself. Opportunity shops are a good place to pick up clothes and shoes for a year party. City Fancy Dress and Brisbane Costume Hire offer a variety of outfits for men and women including 1920s flapper dresses, cave man, Elvis and Alice in Wonderland.
To keep in the spirit of celebrity, fantasy, history or whatever else you have chosen as your theme, the food served at the party should match. For celebrity themed parties offer exquisite finger served by waitresses (you may be able to rope some friends in to dress up as waiters and waitresses). For sports themed parties, serve hot dogs, chips and beer in plastic cups.
Decorate the house to reflect the theme, Spartys at Spotlight and Partyworks are good places to pick up wall banners, plastic serving ware, piñatas and table decorations. Remember to keep the music appropriate, lots of Abba and disco for a 70s party and tv theme tunes for a tv show character themed party.
Have fun with your theme and don't forget your camera for all of the incriminating evidence of bad taste!