Fancy dress is a great way to liven up any party, and we usually find that after the initial bit of ‘dutch courage’ to actually leave your house in a fancy dress outfit, alcohol consumption tends to be a lot lower than a ‘normal’ party. Dressing up in a fancy dress outfit allows you to take on another persona, a bit like when an actor takes to the stage, and once you are over the initial ‘I can’t believe I was talked into this!’ it is easy to lose your inhibitions without the alcohol intake.
Fancy Dress first timers should always wear a costume that they feel happy in, and as you are invited (or host) more fancy dress parties, you can be more adventurous. Think about what you want to cover up and look for a costume that will enhance your body shape. A professional fancy dress shop, or website, will be happy to offer advise.
Some costumes that are ideal if you are not that keen (or are a first timer) include:
- Indian Squaw
- Indian Brave
- Victorian Man
- Confederate Soldier
Being a Saturday, it is more than likely that many a drinks party will be being held today. Some may even involve champagne (we once heard of a Champagne party where the dress code was ‘come as an imagined illness’ – Champagne/Sham Pain, Oh never mind). Anyway we mention this because, according to some sources, it is today in 1693 that renowned cleric and wine-maker Dom Perignon was supposed to have invented champagne, although others say that this is a quaint myth: Although he undoubtedly excelled with his development of classic wines in the Champagne region, the production of sparkling wines such as Champers itself involved a yeast re-fermentation process. In its early days this could lead to a few of the bottle popping their corks or, worse, setting off a chain reaction of exploding bottles to the detriment of employees and profits. It was only when British glassmakers came up with bottles able to withstand the pressures involved that non-lethal bubbly could be produced. Nonetheless Moet & Chandon named their best cuvee champagne after the venerable Dom in recognition of his contribution. We said, it’s a good excuse for a drinks party. Cheers.