Hosting a fancy dress party? You probably have many things to worry about from making sure the refreshments are well stocked to whether you had remembered to order enough ice cream. But one thing you should always plan ahead for is what guests will be wearing.

A fancy dress party is more than just putting a costume on your body; it’s about coming up with ideas, planning and executing those ideas perfectly. There are several reasons to host a fancy dress party. Not only would they be fun to attend, but they are also a great way to express your creativity through various costumes and themes here are some considerations:

Choose A Theme

When it comes to party planning, the first thing you need to do is choose a theme. Of course, with an endless list of possibilities, it’s usually easiest to keep things simple and go with the theme your child insists on the most before learning about more options.

A popular approach is to ask all party invitees to dress up as something that starts with the initial letter of your kid’s first name. As an example, if your child is named Benjamin, party-goers could come dressed as Batman, Princess Belle, The Beast (from Beauty and the Beast), a bee, a boxer, etc.

If you have a very young child, however, they may be more likely to request a specific theme. For example, they might want all party-goers to dress as pirates, princesses, fairies, or superheroes or disney characters. These fun, flashing, polka dot mouse ear headbands are perfect for a Disney junior theme. Comicbook-themed parties are currently very popular and there are lots of Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Ironman costumes for sale online.

That said, it’s vital that you only purchase fancy dress costumes from reputable vendors and manufacturers who subscribe to the strictest fire safety regulations. A few years ago, the daughter of a well-known BBC presenter suffered serious burns when her Halloween outfit caught fire.

The Prep

As with any type of party, a fancy dress party requires some preparation work if you want it to go smoothly and provide a memorable experience for guests. In general, starting the planning one month in advance will give you sufficient time to make all the necessary arrangements. However, if your thinking about hosting the party in a popular local venue, you might have to make a booking several months in advance.

Once you’ve selected a theme for the party, it’s time to start the preparation work. Luckily, preparing for a themed party can often be just a fun and entertaining as attending the party itself. You are provided with a real outlet for your creative juices. It is vital that you issue party invitations around three weeks in advance so guests have time to make or buy their outfits and costumes.

The Party Food

Ideally, you are going to want to provide guests with themed party food for a truly immersive experience. Consider adding edible embellishments to the birthday cake and other nibbles. For example, if you are hosting a pirate-themed party, you could add eye-patch- and treasure chest-shaped edible embellishments. Meanwhile, if you’re hosting a fairy- or princess-themed party, choose edible embellishments with glitter, flowers, and magical colors.

The Decorations

One of your last tasks is to decorate. This includes designing customized party bags and making themed decorations. By investing enough time, you can make your kid’s party something really special that they and their friends will no doubt remember forever.

Fortunately, decorations don’t have to cost a lot. With some cardboard, multiple pots of thick paint, glitter, string, a laptop, and a printer, there is no end to the fantastic unique decorations you can make. What’s more, you can involve your kids in the creation processes. If you aren’t naturally creative, don’t worry. There are plenty of free online resources with printable stencils, guides, and instructions detailing how to make the very best homemade decorations without breaking the bank.