Birthday Fancy Dress Themes

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Birthday Fancy Dress Themes
The Venetian masquerade ball is a sophisticated and glamorous birthday party theme. (Thomas Jackson/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Choosing a fancy dress theme is a fantastic way to stand out from the crowd when planning a birthday party with a difference. Whether opting for the decadent glamour of a Venetian masquerade ball or the retro cool of a 1960s-inspired happening, fancy dress parties are a fun and imaginative choice for a special birthday celebration.

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1960s Happening

A 1960s-themed celebration makes for a hip and groovy fancy dress party. Create the perfect '60s atmosphere by decorating the party venue with colourful psychedelic wall-hangings. Costumes can range from the hippie "flower power" look to the stylish mods or rebellious rockers. The 1960s were defined by the music of the era. Be sure to keep your guests on the dance floor with plenty of '60s bands such as Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles and The Who.

Venetian Masquerade Ball

The decadent glamour of the classic Venetian masquerade ball makes the perfect theme for a stylish and sophisticated fancy dress party. Costumes should be ornate and opulent. Female guests can wear ballgowns, with male guests dressed in formal suits. Stunning Venetian masks adorned with sequins and plumes of feathers will add an air of mystery and intrigue to the evening's atmosphere. Impress your guests by hiring a string quartet to recreate the ambience of turn-of-the-century Venice.

Horror Movie Characters

For the scary movie fanatic, a horror-themed fancy dress party is guaranteed to chill and thrill. Costumes should be inspired by classic horror movie characters such as Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula or Freddie Kruger. Decorate your party venue with spooky artificial cobwebs. Create the perfect atmosphere by hiring a smoke machine and using eerie green lighting. Terrify your guests by playing soundtrack albums from your favourite iconic horror films.

Fairy-Tale Tea Party

For a more feminine and magical fancy dress party theme, opt for a fairy tale-inspired tea party. Guests can come dressed as their favourite characters from classic fairy tales such as "Puss 'n' Boots" or "Cinderella." Decorate your party venue with flower garlands, and sprinkle tables with glittering fairy dust. Serve your guests delicate finger sandwiches and fresh cream cakes. Hiring traditional medieval entertainers like jugglers or court jesters will give your party an extra wow factor.

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