Carnival is a brilliant fancy dres theme to extend our summer a little bit more…
September 7th is the National Day of Brazil. Brazil, as someone once said, is ‘Where the nuts come from’ although these days most people would associate Brazil with either football or carnival. (The Monty Python fans citing a film by Terry Gilliam are just showing off). So which do you think we’d choose for today’s costume theme idea? Tough call, but it’s probably Carnival.
Although originally Carnival was to do with Lent (coming from Carne-vale –‘Farewell to the flesh’), in this country we tend to prefer running our carnivals in the summer, and early Autumn, when there’s a better chance of fine weather: If you have to hang around in a costume on the back of a lorry, it works better when its warm, although that said, there are some hardy souls in the West of England who spend their October/November evenings involved in the spectacular illuminated carnivals which tour the towns of Somerset and Avon.
But we digress. Returning to today’s excuse to celebrate, Brazilian carnival is a rather more exuberant affair than, say, that seen in Britain (apart from our Notting Hill Carnival) or Venice. In the event, the carnival style may be dictated by the weather – outdoors, some hot Latino colour and dance (Rumba costumes), indoors the more stately masked ball.
So you could base your fancy dress costume on a British carnival affair. This tends to work best if you go to the fancy dress party as a group. Groups of people, or organisations tend to theme their own float – if you think about it, you can chose whatever theme you want. Pirate costumes are always a popular choice because not only is there a great range of pirate costumes that you can purchase but also a huge range of pirate accessore is you can purchase to complete your own outfits. How about going as a Carnival Queen? – all hair, make up and a long dress.
Carnival is also very popular on the continent, with everyone dressing up and getting into the spirit of the event. There ar eno real costume themes, you can basically wear what you like, but you will find Georgian / Venetian costumes to be very popular. This is also the birth place of the masked ball, so why not have a Masquerade Mask party instead of a full blown costume party. Props n Frocks has one of the largest selections of eyemasks on the internet, with a huge choice of masks for men and women.
Whatever your choice of Carnival theme, it will bring a party atmosphere to your fancy dress party!