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The Great Gatsby Inspired Party

The Great Gatsby Inspired Party

If you are looking for a party theme that is fun and not like all the other parties you have experienced. You have heard about the common 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and even 80’s parties. These have all been done. Think out of the ordinary and open your mind to something a little less “already been done a million times” type of party. Though there are so many party themes to choose from, one of the best and extraordinary is the Great Gatsby party theme. Get...

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History of the Superman Costume

History of the Superman Costume

Superman costume. Picture source: Phantom Leap The now famous Superman costume has not always been the same. Over the years, it has gone through various minds and changes. Different artists have created different suits, and this change continues to this day. This applies to every form of Superman, as well. From his original days to him in alternate universes to his television shows and movies, you can see just how much Superman’s costume has changed. It has evolved with style...

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Kids summer birthday party

Kids summer birthday party

There are tons of ideas you can use if your child has a birthday in the summer. Daughters may love a pink party, little boys may prefer a cowboy party, all kids will love a jungle themed party, pizza party or since it is summer, a pool party. Below are some ideas for all of these wonder summer parties. Pink Party This is a great party idea for little girls. There are so many pink colour varieties, such as deep pink, hot pink, light or pale pink. Use all pink for the decorations, pink...

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April Fool's Day Pranks

April Fool's Day Pranks

April first is, to many, the most fun day of the entire year! To those of us who like to keep the child alive inside of us, and those who have a good sense of humor find April 1 as the one day out of the year to express our youthfulness with a good old fashion April Fool’s Day prank.   The hardest part of planning for a good April Fool’s Day prank is choosing which prank to pull and on whom? Some people will do multiple pranks and that is all fair game, but for...

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Valentine’s Day Party At School

Planning a Valentine’s Day party at school can be easy and fun. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, you can successfully plan and execute a great party with just a little bit of work that all the children will love.   The first step in planning your party is party preparation. Getting parents involved is a great way to spread the responsibilities and make less work for everyone involved. You’ll want to create an email flyer or printed flyer to send home with...

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Sexy Valentine's Day Fancy Dress

Sexy Valentine's Day Fancy Dress

For adults, Valentine’s Day is filled with romance and intrigue. The day is usually thought of as a holiday for couples, with plenty of flowers, chocolates, candlelight and clandestine encounters. If you want to make your Valentine’s Day extra special, take a look at these sexy Valentine’s Day fancy dress ideas that are sure to impress your significant other.   Sexy Lifeguard Costume The Sexy Lifeguard costume is a...

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Home

For almost everyone, Christmas decorating ideas are usually limited to decorating the tree and the living room and making the dining-room table look lovely. But, what if you are throwing a Christmas party or have invited friends or family to stay for Christmas? Then, expanding your decorations to incorporate the rest of your home is definitely worth the extra effort.   Add Color to Your Front Door Accent a bright white door with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath and...

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Children Christmas Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

Children Christmas Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

This is the time of year when your kids seem to get invited to about 10 Christmas parties. Anyway it can be really hard to find them that perfect costume so let's take a  look at just a few great ones.   Christmas Star Costume If you want you child to light up whatever Christmas event they are going to then why not get them this really cool and cute looking star costume. It looks great for both little boys and girls. Just make sure you do not put them at...

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Halloween couple fancy dress costume ideas

Halloween couple fancy dress costume ideas

One of the best ways to enjoy Halloween with your significant other is to dress up in matching costumes. These can range from the horrific and frightening to the cutesy and adorable, whatever fits your personal needs and desires. Zombies, movie characters, unique designs, fantasy creatures, and more all have their own costume out there, giving you and your significant other the opportunity to find something just right. Vampires We all know vampires are a big thing during Halloween....

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Gothic Theme Halloween Party

Gothic Theme Halloween Party

Every Halloween, the typical decorations of cartoon skulls, green skinned witches, smiling pumpkins, and infamous characters like Dracula and Frankenstein cover houses everywhere. While these decorations are typical Halloween staples, why not go for something a little bit different than the rest? Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the stereotypical decoration. Instead of going for what lines the store shelves, try gothic Halloween directions for your next Halloween party. The...

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Back to School Party

The time of year when school starts may be both am exciting time and a disappointing time. On one hand, kids get to return to school and see their friends and favorite teachers they haven’t seen for the entire summer. On the other hand, the carefree days of summer are ending and there will be less time to play. Some kids get low spirits thinking of the approaching school year, especially if they will be starting a new school (e.g. moving on from elementary school to middle school)....

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Why Do We Blow Out Birthday Candles

Why Do We Blow Out Birthday Candles

  History of lighting birthday candles on the cake commenced years back and perhaps even today the candle holds its significance as well as illuminated existence on top of the birthday cake. Multitudes of birthday candles have been used on a cake to symbolize the age of any individual celebrating his or her birthday. The rule is in fact relaxed for seniors who may find the idea of one candle per year fussy and sometimes even childish.   History of Birthday...

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Decorating with balloons

Decorating with balloons

Decorating a home or business for a party comes with a quite a bit of work. Thinking of color schemes, themes, and what to use everywhere takes thought and proper planning. You want the look to make a big impact on those who see it. The appearance of the party needs to take people’s breath away from the moment they walk through the door. One simple addition can make this impact: Balloons! Balloons come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can buy them in just about...

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How Are You Showing Your Support For England In Euro 2012?

How Are You Showing Your Support For England In Euro 2012?

Ahh the Euro’s quite a exciting time indeed, in truth I have always felt that the lower expectations for this tournament than the World Cup, often result in one heck of a entertaining tournament. And lets face it after the majority of teams in South Africa in 2010 employing these kill the game defensive midfielders, this years Euros has to be more fun than that. With that being said how will you be showing your support? Will you simply buy one of the England shirts, perhaps...

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Throwing London Olympics Theme Party

Throwing London Olympics Theme Party

Are you thinking about throwing a London Olympics theme party? With the 2012 summer Olympics right around the corner, you need to act fast to ensure you have all your party supplies in order. Here, we'll go over some tips on how to throw the perfect London Olympics theme party will keep your guests talking for months to come! You'll need plenty of Olympic themed supplies if you plan on throwing the perfect party. For one, this means lots of balloons. Don't just get plain old...

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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Picture source: Wikimedia   The queen’s diamond jubilee is a celebration throughout the year 2012 to celebrate the accession of the queen to the throne of the seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI. Note that Queen Elizabeth is the Queen Regnant of sixteen sovereign states. Out of these, 12 were British dominions or colonies at the start of her reign 60 years ago. The Queen’s diamond jubilee is celebrated in Australia and a few other...

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How to Celebrate May Day

May Day has been around for many years, and celebrations of it can be tracked back to before Christ’s birth. As with most other ancient celebrations, May Day also has been connected with Pagan roots. May Day occurs on May 1st of every year. Many of those who celebrate this holiday believe that this day is the beginning of the first half of the year, with the other half of the year being marked on the 1st day of November each year. Some traditionalists believe that May Day is a...

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Easter Egg Hunting Games

Easter Egg Hunting Games

Easter Egg hunting is a tradition loved by many children around the country. It is a great way to keep kids entertained on Easter day, and allows children to utilize their thinking skills when finding the eggs. Easter egg hunting games do not have to be limited to simply placing the eggs in a hiding spot for the kids to find. There are many variations of Easter egg hunting games that kids will enjoy. Consider some of the following ideas when planning Easter activities. One idea for an...

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St. Patrick’s Day Costume Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Costume Ideas

Picture source: Wikimedia The most common thing people think of when they think of St. Patrick’s Day is wearing green so they do not have to be pinched and many get excited because they will have a reason to be ornery and pinch those who are not wearing green.  What a tradition!  For those that celebrate this great holiday, there is no better way to do so than by celebrating in costume! St. Patrick’s Day costume ideas can range from comical all the...

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Lady Gaga Costumes and the Style that Inspired Their Creation

Lady Gaga Costumes and the Style that Inspired Their Creation

Adults Lady Gaga Blue Swimsuit Costume You've seen her on TV, on the award shows, in interviews, and performing.  She grabs everyone's attention as soon as she walks into view and not only because of her talent.  No the main reason she gets people's attention is because of her style.  What you see is what you get.  Lady Gaga is over-the-top expressive with the way she dresses and she likes to make statements with her outfits and her fashion. ...

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Valentine's Day Costume Ideas for Couples

Valentine's Day Costume Ideas for Couples

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it is time to get prepared. The following Valentine’s Day costume ideas for couples will help you look your best this holiday. These nautical themed costumes are sure to create waves. Fever Sailor Man Costume comes with a long sleeved white top and matching elastic waist pants; a blue neck scarf and sailor hat complete the outfit. Fever Ahoy Sailor Costume for...

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Valentine's Day 2012 gift ideas

Valentine's Day 2012 gift ideas

Picture source: technicolor76, on Flickr Valentine's Day 2012 is around the corner and almost upon us. How do you intend to spend it with your loved ones, spouse and girl/boy friends? Valentine’s Day is just one day in a year but it holds special meanings for the young at heart, especially in view of the romantic theme of the occasion.  Some may even wonder how it could impact on one’s life for a long time to come. Valentine’s Days hold a remarkable memory...

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Christmas office party tips

Christmas office parties are part of the office scene during the holiday season. Depending on the number of employees involved, the venue for the party and the resources and time that will be allocated for the event, the well-planned office Christmas party can be something that people will look forward to each year instead of something that they cannot wait to be over and done with so that they can all go home.   Picture source:oropeza, on Flickr   If it is your...

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Christmas Costume Ideas for Men

Christmas Costume Ideas for Men

Christmas is not just for children anymore and the number of parties that people have to attend for work; friends and families can leave your head spinning with the appropriate wardrobe for each. A Christmas-themed costume party is your chance to have a little fun amidst all of the bad sweaters and fruitcakes at the office or relatives house. The holiday season can be an extremely busy time both at work and at home. It can be difficult to come up with Christmas costume ideas for men....

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Cheer Up Your Christmas Party with funny Christmas fancy dress

Cheer Up Your Christmas Party with funny Christmas fancy dress

One might think costumes are only for Halloween, but they can be worn on other holidays as well, and be a fun addition to a party. Every year during the holiday season, the average person most likely attends various Christmas parties held by co-workers, friends, and family. It may get repetitive, as each party probably is not much different from the next; presents are exchanged, Christmas tree shaped cookies are eaten, and everyone wears that unsightly sweater that is only brought out during...

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Ladies Christmas costume ideas

Ladies Christmas costume ideas

Fairy costume Christmas time is the portion of the year in which people get to do things not normally done at any time of the year. We get to spend large amounts of money on lavish gifts, and receive gifts as well. We have an excuse to place a large tree decorated with miniature lights and glittering orbs. We discuss the existence of an imaginary man who hands out presents to children and flies on a sleigh guided by reindeer.  Christmas is the perfect time of year for...

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Kids Halloween costume ideas

Kids Halloween costume ideas

Childs colourful Halloween skeleton costume No matter how spooky the ambience would be during the Halloween, still the cuteness of the kids cannot be fully covered by the different costumes they wear. Instead, they become even more attractive in their disguise. Here are some of the costumes in which you may find your kids looking stylish yet smart in their Halloween get-up. Characters from the fairy tales and other children stories are just one of the most...

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Creating A Unique Halloween Costume

Creating A Unique Halloween Costume

Want to be the only one at the party with your outfit? Thought about making your own one? Zombies are always a popular choice for halloween parties, we stock a large range of zombie costumes including convicts, nurses, schoolgirls to name a few. 2011 See's our largest ever selection of halloween costume accessories so its now easier than ever before to create your own one-off costume! For example we have the zombie make-up kits which includes zombie Face paint, fake blood, gel blood,...

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Planning the Pirate Party of the Year

Planning the Pirate Party of the Year

Picture source: Wikimedia You are planning a party.  It's a theme party, a pirate theme party.  This is going to be the party extravaganza of the year and you are pumped.  But do you know how to plan a pirate party?  How do you make your pirate party an experience worth talking about for many years to come?  Well, you need to get in the pirate frame of mind, become a pirate from now until your party so that you can plan it with all its pirate details, from...

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How to Plan a Witch Party that is a Cauldron Full of Fun

How to Plan a Witch Party that is a Cauldron Full of Fun

Dressing up is loads of fun for kids and let's face it – adults love it, too.  That is why fancy dress parties are so popular and one way to have a fancy dress party is to have a theme party.  At Halloween you want to have an appropriate theme party and a witch party is certainly appropriate.  Dressing up as a witch and having a great witchy cauldron party is not only fun, but easy to plan.  You can create a fabulous atmosphere for a witch theme party and have...

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Trick Or Treat Products For Halloween

Practical Jokes

With Halloween next month its time to start stocking up with trick or treat items to hand out to those ghosts, devils and witches who will be knocking on your door in the not so distant future. We stock a huge range of practical jokes which are the perfect low cost items to give away on Oct 31st. The kids will love you!

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Talk like a pirate day

Avast ye dogs! There be mutiny upon us… Talk Like a Pirate Day is one of my favorite irrelevant holidays. Less annoying than April Fool’s Day and has much more purpose than Groundhog Day, at any rate. It’s an excuse to be goofy, and not widely celebrated so you can either feel like an idiot or a member of an elite crew of pirates when engaging in conversation, and it gives one a reason to drink rum. (Do you ever need a reason to party with Captain Morgan?)...

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Tips to Keep Your Little Trick-or-Treaters Safe this Halloween

Halloween is fun and is meant to be frightful, but accidents are no fun and on Halloween it is important that we take extra care to ensure that our children are safe when they go to parties or trick-or-treating.  After all, Halloween is about creating good memories that will be with your children for a lifetime and there is no room in there for tragedy.  By following a few simple safety tips for Halloween parties, trick-or-treating, and costumes we can ensure that our children will...

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How to Make an Authentic Werewolf Costume

How to Make an Authentic Werewolf Costume

Werewolf costume Did you know that home-made costumes can be a lot of fun to make and they can be really inexpensive, too?  They can also be some of the best looking costumes around.  Whether you are looking to make a costume for yourself or your child, if you have considered a werewolf costume, then you will be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make one.  First of all, will you be a brown werewolf or a black one?  Colour is important when it comes to...

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Tim Burton's Creative Genius

Tim Burton's Creative Genius

Beetlejuice costume When it comes to Halloween part of the tradition for many people is to watch films.  Whether it is after the party or after a night of trick-or-treating, watching films with your family and friends is a great way to wind down and enjoy some on-screen fright.  Among the popular films of the season are those of Tim Burton, a creator and director who has built up an amazing reputation over the past 30 years.  His earlier films were...

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Making the Perfect Witch Costume This Halloween

Making the Perfect Witch Costume This Halloween

Halloween is a fun time to dress up in fancy dress and whether you have a child who will go trick-or-treating or you are attending an adult fancy dress party a witch costume is ideal and very traditional.  Boys or girls, men or women, a witch (or wizard) costume works for anyone.  In fact, the Harry Potter films have made it even more popular for boys and men to dress up as well.  Whether you want to be a wicked witch, a sexy witch, or an old hag, you have some planning to...

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The Wizard of Oz Characters – Generations of Love

The Wizard of Oz is a film that has touched the hearts of millions of children and adults over many generations.  On the surface it is a story about a girl who gets carried away to a magical land where she meets some wonderful friends and where she must face an evil enemy as she strives to get back home.  However, there is a deeper meaning to this story, the idea that we already have everything we want and need to be happy and that we really don't have to go searching for...

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Fantastic Couple's Costume Ideas

Fantastic Couple's Costume Ideas

Everyone loves to dress up.  That's what fancy dress parties are for and it's not just the kids, but adults too who love even the idea of dressing up for a night out.  Planning a costume for a big fancy dress party is at least half the fun.  When it comes to adults dressing up, there are plenty of adults who have a partner, husband, wife, or other type of significant other and it is sometimes even more fun to dress up together.  Fortunately, there are a number of...

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Extended Range Of Novelty Costumes

Extended Range Of Novelty Costumes

Everyone loves to have a laugh so we've added around 30 new costumes this week to our range of funny novelty costumes by Rasta Imposta . New builders tool costumes including the saw, drill, hammer, screwdriver, tape measure and pencil. Be sure to check out the teenie weenies costumes too - there so much fun!

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New Range Of Smiffys Face Paints Added

New Range Of Smiffys Face Paints Added

This morning we've added a fantastic new range of face and body paints from the new Smiffy's make-up Fx range. Colours include dark brown, bright yellow, royal blue, bright green, pink, metallic gold, metallic silver, white, black, orange, bright red and pale blue. These great body and face paints are all instock and for the first 200 orders we'll be including a helpful face painting booklet which gives tips on how to paint the perfect Skeleton and clown faces - perfect...

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Planning the Best One-Year-Old Birthday Party Ever

Planning the Best One-Year-Old Birthday Party Ever

This is such an exciting time!  You little baby is turning one and you simply can't wait for the big day and the party that will go with it.  You will have cake and ice cream and games and lots of guests.  Well, that would be the ideal thing if your child was older, but for a one-year-old you you might want to tone things down a bit.  Remember that your one-year-old is still just a baby and you need to keep things simple.  The one-year-old birthday party, while...

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Taking A Look at the Characters of Scooby Doo

Taking A Look at the Characters of Scooby Doo

We all remember Scooby snacks and the bribery that went with them.  Velma would offer Scooby a snack as long as he would agree to go in search of the villain.  Scooby Doo was one of the most popular children's cartoons of the late 1970s and the 1980s and those who grew up during that time know the show, the theme song, and all the wonderful characters they grew to love.  Those characters were later brought back in spin-offs and films and they each had unique personalities...

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Creating the Perfect Vampire Costume

Creating the Perfect Vampire Costume

Halloween is just around the corner and you need a costume.  You are in the mood for a classic scary costume and you cannot beat the ever popular vampire for something that is frightening and ghoulish and speaks of death and dying.  Traditionally known as the creatures of the night who enjoy sucking the blood of the people they find, vampires are really fun to dress up as and not just for kids.  Both men and women can easily create a vampire costume that will instil fright in...

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Taking a Deep Look at Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Of the big box office films this summer, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has taken its place as one of the best 3-D adventures of the season and rightly so.  While the first two films were nothing short of disappointing (despite box office success), this third installment in the series has been a welcome addition to the saga of good vs. evil in the fight for the freedom that the evil Decepticons want to take away from Autobots and humans alike.  With a new female lead and some witty...

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Captain America Rises as the Next Big Screen Superhero

Captain America Rises as the Next Big Screen Superhero

Are you ready for the next big superhero film to hit the silver screen?  It is Captain America: The First Avenger and it just might be the most highly anticipated superhero film of the entire year. Captain America was the first of the Avengers and is being brought to the big screen, not for the first time, but certainly the first time with technology that is able to bring us a film full of action and the best special effects.  Captain America got his start in his own comic book in...

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Top Ideas for Making a Fabulous Pirate Costume

Top Ideas for Making a Fabulous Pirate Costume

Pirate shirt Dressing up as a pirate is great fun and it is all the rage since Captain Jack Sparrow hit the big screen in Pirates of the Caribbean.  Dressing up as a pirate is also easy and can be a very inexpensive costume to create because most of the items you need for your costume can either be found at home or at your local thrift shop.  The great thing is that a pirate costume is suitable for both men and women and you can make it sexy, flamboyant, or...

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How to Plan a Stag Party the Groom will Truly Appreciate

How to Plan a Stag Party the Groom will Truly Appreciate

Chances are if you are reading this, then you are the best man at your friend's wedding and you are in charge of planning and throwing the stag party for the groom.  This is a big responsibility because you want to be sure that the stag party is the ultimate send-off for your friend.  After all, this is his last night out as a single man and you want to be sure that it is the best ever.  Having said that the standard party of years gone by, the ones with the extensive...

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How to Plan the Ultimate Hen Night Party – In!

How to Plan the Ultimate Hen Night Party – In!

Hen night parties are all about fun, nothing but fun.  After all, this is it for your friend.  This is the last big night of fun as a single lady before the big day comes and you need to be sure that it is so special that it rivals the big day.  That being said, just because the hen night party is supposed to be so fun and memorable, doesn't mean that it has to cost a lot, nor does it have to take place outside of your home.  After all, it is not things that create...

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Throw the Harry Potter Party of the Year

Throw the Harry Potter Party of the Year

Childs Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe Your child loves Harry Potter, absolutely loves the books and the movies, and nothing would be better than a Harry Potter birthday party.  Well, of course, since it is so popular you can easily find everything you would need for a Harry Potter theme party, but you can go far beyond any of the simple shop-bought party accessories with a little imagination on your part.  In fact, you can go as far as to create the entire Harry Potter...

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Beach Party Ideas

Beach Party Ideas

Flower garland - excellent beach party accessory One of the most fun and easiest parties to plan is a beach party.  People love the beach and if you can actually have the party at the beach, then the biggest part of your work is already done because nature has done the decorating for you.  Of course, you can still add some decorations to the setting if you want, to make the mood just right.  These can include bamboo tiki torches for added light, canopies, beach...

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Throwing an Egg-cellent Easter Party for your kids

Throwing an Egg-cellent Easter Party for your kids

So you want to throw an Easter party that your kids will never forget and you want to know the best way to make it the most egg-cellent Easter party ever.  Fortunately, there are some fantastic ideas that will allow you to make the most of your Easter party time fun.  Most likely if you are throwing an Easter party for your children and their friends, they are still fairly young.  Older kids generally have far better things to do than hunt for Easter eggs.  So what types...

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Bestival 2011 Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas Theme

Bestival Fancy Dress Theme 2011

The very popular Bestival fancy dress event will this year have the theme of Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas. We stock a massive range of music fancy dress costumes so spread the word. Order your music costume early, remember we have live stock levels on our website. Add some accessories to your costumes including wigs and even inflatable guitars - we've got it all covered!

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Having Foolish Fun on April Fools Day

Having Foolish Fun on April Fools Day

  Jester hat April Fools Day is a time of year when you may need to be on guard and be ready for some crazy fun.  But why not have some crazy fun of your own?  After all, this is a day when you can play pranks on people and they won't get mad at you!  Take advantage of it and see what fun you can have.   Did you know that you can dress up on April Fools Day and no one will think you are weird (at least no more weird than they already consider...

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Fearne Cotton Wears One Of Our Costumes

Fearne Cotton in a Giant Boob Costume

Celebrity and radio host Fearne Cotton took part in a special charity event. Coppafeel (Breast Cancer awareness) held a running event in which one hundred people including Fearne dressed up in our Giant Boob Costumes and ran for 9 miles in Bath on Sunday. The event was a great success and we're glad we could help.

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New Website Goes Live

New Website Goes Live

We hope you like Online Joke Shop version 3.0! Over the past few months our development team have been hard at work making our website more user friendly than ever before. You can now narrow your searches by gender, and products are easier to find. If you have any comments about the new site please feel free to contact us at sales@onlinejokeshop.co.uk Enjoy your visit

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New Childrens Costumes

New Childrens Costumes

We’ve been busy adding a massive new range of childrens fancy dress costumes. Lots of new lines based on popular characters including Robin Hood, Little Red Riding Hood, Victorian Costumes and many more. Click here for Childrens costumes.

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