Do you want to go back to the roaring 20s? Or fight evil in your own super-hero adventure? Maybe your kids are planning a themed birthday party soon? Then we have the guides for you! If there's anyone who knows how to throw a fancy dress party it's Dale Pruser, owner of costume hire shop Creative Costumes. Dale has been to numerous fancy dress parties in her line of work and has developed the ultimate guide to the most popular fancy dress parties. Drinks, costumes, food and decorations – we've got you covered!
1920s Gangster Party
Prohibition began in 1920. A Speakeasy or Jazz club was the only place to get a decent drink so recreate one in your home with black and white decorations and vintage art deco posters. Provide your guests with a password to enter your establishment. No password, no admittance! Have a -bouncer' do a gun check at the door. Fill big metal tubs with ice, drinks & booze. Maybe run an -illegal' casino and set up a gaming table. Project a black and white silent movie in the background. Greet guests with some 1920's slang and everyone will think you're the Cat's Meow!
Food/ Drink Ideas:
• Potato chips
• Bread sticks
• Fried chicken
• Baked ham
• Waldorf salad
• Cream cheese sandwiches
For drinks keep the alcohol flowing (it is Prohibition time after all!) with cocktails such as Mint Julep, -Bathtub' gin, whiskey and champagne. For the non-drinkers in the room stick to classics like Coca Cola (ideal if you can get them in glass bottles).
Music: Put on the vintage 20's radio and don't forget the classic jazz tunes: The Charleston, The Black Bottom, The Lindy Hop and musicians like Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cotton Club, and Ragtime Band.
Games/ fun: Learn 20s dances like The Charleston and Shimmy. Have everyone make up a 20s Gangster name for themselves. Use 20s slang like: -bees knees/cat's pyjamas', -big cheese', -baloney' and -going to see a man about a dog' (buying illegal alcohol). Stage a midnight raid by the gents from prohibition or start a conga line.
• Cheeseburger and fries
• Malted milk
• Soda fountain
• Root beer floats
• Cherry cola
• Chow mien
Music: The mashed potato, the bop, the twist, boogie-woogie blues, rock n roll and the hokey pokey. Songs by Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Fats Domino.
Fondue was all the rage both cheese and chocolate.
Skewer any of the following on a toothpick: cabannossi, gherkins, cocktail onions, cheese and pineapple, mini frankfurts.
• French onion dip
• Hamburger helper
• Tater tots
• Pop tarts
• Rice a roni
• Bundt cake
Drinks: Kool-Aid, fruit wines, Hawaiian punch, daiquiri's, Tom Collins, Zombies and Mai Tai's.
Food plays an important role in fairytales. Food can be poisoned, it can be magic, and it can lure children into a trap. Try food such as….
• Gingerbread men
• Tea party sandwiches
• Cut fairy bread into little stars
• Make green punch for a witches brew
• A bowl of Jack's magic jelly beans
• Fill a tub with water and toss in red apples and one green poisoned one
• Cakes and drinks can be labeled Eat Me and Drink Me like in Alice in Wonderland
Music: Disney soundtracks, Cirque du Soleil, New Age music, Gothic music A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (from Cinderella), Imagine (John Lennon), Dream On (Aerosmith), Once Upon A Dream (Snow White), Ever After, I'm a Believer from Shrek
Games/ fun: Make a miniature storybook and get guests to finish the fairytale. Play party games with a fairytale theme such as kiss the frog (cutout), crown a princess or wand a wizard. Organise a treasure hunt.
Costume ideas: Couples dress as Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Goldilocks and a bear, singles can dress as their favorite character, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Puss in boots, Queen of hearts, Rapunzel, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. More Ideas…
Hero's & Villains
Superhero comics and movies are usually eye catching with lots of color. Use food coloring and lollies to make your food just as colorful. Print out superhero posters to hang on the walls. You can also use wanted posters to capture the villains feel. Don't be shy about using handcuffs on any villains who show. When you send out your invitations print them as comic book covers. Use speech bubbles as decorations around the room. Guests can pose next to them during the night. It should make for some great photos from the evening. Lines such as Bam! Pow! And Shazam! are fun possibilities.
Food/ Drinks: For fun label your food such chocolate cake 'for super strength", punch 'for x-ray vision" and cookies 'for super size". Make some hero sandwiches. Drinks could be superman sling, Green Goblin cordial and Powerade punch.
Music: Play Super Hero theme music and let guest dance or practice their best Super Hero moves.
Games/ fun: Play games dividing guests into good and evil teams. Set up a range of fun activities to test guest's super abilities. Blindfold them and get them to guess objects by using another super sense such as touch, feel or smell. You can make a great looking 'bomb" for your event. The villain can hide it and your guests have to dismantle or disarm the bomb by a certain time to save the city.
Costume ideas: Dress in spandex, with cape, gloves and mask and be your own villain or hero. Other ideas include Jesus, Mother Teresa, Superman, Catwoman, Mary Poppins, The Devil, Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader, Harry Potter, Batman, Buffy, Hulk, Lara Croft, Matrix, Star Wars and Astronauts. More Ideas…
About Dale: Dale is the owner of costume hire shop Creative Costumes in Prahran, Melbourne. www.creativecostumes.com.au