Fancy Dress Party Ideas

Here’s a few fancy dress ideas to inspire you when planning your Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay fancy dress costume party. If you need any more excuses to throw a fancy dress party then you’ll find 52 reasons towards the bottom of this page.

Ultimate Uniforms Party:

Naughty Nurses, Sexy School Girl, Flirty French MaidsFire Girls, Air Hostesses and more

Once Upon a Time Party: Fairytale Princess, Disney, Pixar, Red Riding Hood, Wizard of Oz, Goldilocks, Cinderella and more.
Alice in Wonderland Party: Mad Hatter, Alice, White Rabbit, Cheshire CatQueen of Hearts, White Queen, Doormouse and more
Under the Knife Party: Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Surgeons, Patients
Hero and Villain Party: Super Heroes, Film Villains, Gangsters, Pirates, AngelsDevils
Vicars and Tarts Party: Vicars, Nuns, Cardinals, Bunny Girls and Tarts.
Pirates of the Caribbean party: Pirates, Pirate wench, Jack Sparrow, Navy Officer, Admirals
Your Era Party: When were you born? 90’s child, 60’s hippies, 50’s flirts and 80’s rockers
Around the World Party: Barvarian Beer Girls, Bollywood Beauties, Irish Girls, Eskimo CutiesStatue of Liberty, Spanish Matador, Geishas, Hawaiian Hotties and more countries of the world costumes.
Fictional Character Party: Dress up as your favourite fictional character whether it be Jessica Rabbit, James Bond, Fred Flintstone, Penelope Pitstop, Tarzan etc
Ancient Antics Party: Cave Girls, Warriors, Vikings, Greek Goddesses, Egyptian, Roman Emperors and more
Great Gatsby Party: Flapper Girls, Gangsters, Vintage Glamour, Daisy, Gatsby, Myrtle and Party Girls
Super Heroes Party: Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Super Girl, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Incredible Hulk
Celebrity Party: Throw the ultimate red carpet event with all your guests dressed up as their favourite celebrity
Rocky Horror Party: Frank n Furter, Magenta, Columbia , Riff Raff, Brad, Janet, Dr Scott, Rocky
Circus Party: Clowns, Ring Masters, Lion Tamers, Lions, Gymnasts and other circus cuties.
Saints and Sinners party: Angels, Devils, Nuns, Vicars, Vampires, Demons
Beach Party: Bring the beach to you – bikinishula skirts, board shorts, shades, flippers, sarongs, bbq and cocktails
Make Believe Party: Mythical Creatures, Unicorns, FairiesImps, Elves, Sprites, Mermaids, Dragons and other heavely beings
Grease Party: Danny, Sandra Dee, Pink Ladies, ‘T’ Birds
Letter of the Hosts’s Name: Go as anything beginning with the letter… for example ‘B’ for Beyonce, Bugsy Malone, Beer Girl, Bumble bee, Beckham, Bananas in Pyjamas or Burlesque Dancer etc
Garden Party: Flowers, weeds, honey bees, love bugs, head gardener, gnomes
Pyjama Party: Wear your pyjamas and slippers, serve popcorn, have pillow fights and make the venue into a bedroom!
Back to School Party: Schoolgirls, Schoolboys, Teachers, School Nurse, PE Teacher, Head Mistress, Cheer Leaders
Invaders Party: Vikings, Pirates, British Empire , Martians, Virus
Valentines Party: Everyone wears red, the host plays cupid, lots of love hearts and red and pink food and drinks (see Valentines Costumes for ideas).
Disney Party: Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Sleeping BeautySnow White, Beauty and the Beast
Undead Party: Zombies, Mummies, Werewolves, Witches and Vampires – this one is great for Halloween
Wild West Party: CowgirlsIndiansSaloon GirlsCan Can Dancers and Sheriffs
Shakespeare Party: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s dream, Taming of the Shrew
Egyptian Party: Cleopatra, Mummy, Pharoah, Gods and other Egyptian Costumes
Roman Empire party: Roman Lady, Centurion, Senator, Caesar, Slave, Gladiator
Sci Fi Party: Aliens, Space Girls, Moon Walkers, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Avatar, Men in Black
Teen Movies Party: Scream, American Pie, Bring it On, Teen Slasher Movies, Mean Girls, High School Musical
Miss Demeanours Party: CopsRobbers, Gangsters, FBI, Sheriff, SWAT
Unfuneral Party: Enjoy your own wake!
Wizard of Oz Party: Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch, Glynda – good witch, Toto, Wizard
Twilight Party: Vampires, Werewolves, Bella, member of the the Volturi
Underwear as Outerwear Party: For the brave – wear you underwear to the party!
PVC Party: Dress in PVC, Wet Look and Leather
Medieval Mayhem Party: Wenches, Peasants, Robin Hood, Monks
Elements Party: Earth, fire, water, air, silver, gold, copper, krypton, arsenic
Under the Sea Party: Mermaids, Starfish, Flounder, Nemo, Shark Tale, Ursula and other aquatic delights
James Bond Party: James Bond, Pussy Galore, Goldfinger, Q, M or just Black Tie and Ball Gowns! Why not turn you venue into a casino and serve Martinis.
Back to the Future Party: Wild west, 50s, 80s, the future, mad scientist
Furry Monster Party: Any monster will do!
Outlaws Party: Robin Hood, Dick Turpin, Ned Kelly, Bonny & Clyde , Josey Wales
Gangsters and Molls party: Don’t forget your violin case!
Punk Party: You know – punk!
Glam Rock Party: Bowie , The Sweet, T Rex, Wizard, Mud
Amphibians Party: Frogs, Newts, Toads, Tadpoles
Panto Party: Oh no it isn’t
Boys will be Girls and Girls will be Boys Party: You need to cross dress for this one
Roaring 20s Party: FlappersGangsters, Molls, Bugsy Malone
Nifty 50s party: Rock and Roll!
60s and 70s parties: Flower Power, Big Hair, Flares, you know the rest!
Colour Themed Parties: Black and White Themed Costumes
Wig it Out Party: Everybody attends wearing a wig
Beer Fest Party: Barvarian Beer Girls, Alpine Cuties and Beer Guy Costumes
Masquerade Ball Party: Keep the mystery alive – go Venetian and don’t forget your mask!
Seasons party: Spring, summer, autumn, winter
Agatha Christie party: Murder on the orient express, Poirot, Miss Marple, Death on the Nile , Sparkling Cyanide
Bad Taste party: You won’t need our website for this one!
Toga Party: Greek Goddess, 300, Roman Emperor, Gladiator
Ultraviolet Party: Anything fluorescent. Ensure you have UV lighting and visit our Clubwear and Ravewear Section.
Mile High Club Party: Air Hostess, Stewardess, Pilots, Stags, Hens
Bare as you dare Party: Wear as little as possible
Carry on: Carry On Films Camping, Cruising, Doctor, Screaming, Dick
Cocktail party: Dress up as your favourite cocktail
Constellations party: The Bear, The plough, Orion, Libra, Pisces, Gemini
Occupations Party: Sexy Secretary, Games MistressCareer GirlsArmy GirlShow Girls and Sailors
Harry Potter Party: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Wizards, Witches, Voldemort, Bellatrix, Dumbledore, Golden Snitch, Malfoy,Dragons
Pub Party: Dress as: The Red Lion, The Swan, The Dog and Duck, etc.
Murder Mystery Party: Get in character – Miss Scarlet in the library with the candlestick


52 excuses for a party

If you need an excuse to have a party beyond Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve or you simply don’t want to miss an opportunity to have a party then this list is for you.


Halloween Christmas Valentine’s Day New Year’s Eve
Bonfire Night Hanukkah Mardi Gras Thanksgiving
Hen Nights Stag Nights Anniversaries Divorce
May Day 4th July Birthdays Unbirthdays
St Patrick’s day St, George’s day St Andrew’s day St David’s day
Midsummer’s night Shortest day Spring equinox Autumn equinox
Births Christenings Engagements Weddings
End of term End of exams Passed your exams Graduation
Passed driving test New job Promotions Leaving your job
House warming Decorating party Garden party BBQ
Holidays Talk like a pirate day New boobs New nose
Mother’s day Father’s day Labor Day Yom Kippur
Chinese New Year The cat’s away Sporting Events Burns night


Even more party ideas.

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Party Weekend

Book a long weekend away with some friends and have a themed party Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
See how it’s done at

Pole Party

How about hiring a pole dance instructor complete with pole and have your own pole dance party. This is a great idea for hen nights!

Midsummer Madness

We did this with some friends a few years ago. We climbed up Snaefell, the highest mountain on the Isle of Mann, to watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s day. This involved setting off from Douglass at 2am to climb the mountain in the dark. We dressed in black tie, dinner jackets and ball gowns and had a 6 course champagne breakfast complete with candelabras as we watched the sunrise!

Obviously, any mountain would do and you could do any fancy dress theme but make sure you plan it well and take professional advice to ensure you are properly prepared, equipped and take every precaution for the terrain, conditions and circumstances you may encounter.

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