American GI Costume
We have plenty of American costume ideas in our costume ideas and themes section, in fact we have so many, we’ve had to split it down into smaller sections to make it easier.
Here are a few of of American costume ideas:
After the fun and games of the presidential election a couple of weeks ago, the Americans settle down today to an event almost as big as Christmas in this country – Thanksgiving. This festivity is said to date back to the events of 1621 when the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’, recently arrived and establishing themselves in the New World, brought in their first harvest with the help of the native Massasoit Indians and held a feast to give thanks for divine provenance. (Having said that there is also evidence the first feast was actually held in the summer, but we are not going to quibble). Of course relations between the Settlers and the Natives did not always remain that cordial, but the feast day lives on. Central to the celebrations, as with the Big Day here, is the turkey, and other ‘native’ vegetables such as sweet-potato and yams will also feature, as might delicacies such as pumpkin pie or pecan tart. There are parades, major sporting fixtures and film releases, etc. in fact much the sort of thing we see on our Boxing Day (which the Americans don’t have) over here. You will also note that unlike the moveable feast that is the British Christmas Season, Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday of November. You can find lots of articles about why, if you are that interested, but in the meantime, today is a good excuse to celebrate American culture.
We had to have an American themed costume party today as today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, and all across that great continent (and in other American outposts and enclaves around the world). It is time to talk turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings, as families sit down to commemorate the heritage of the country’s founding fathers. There will be parades and special sporting events and in cinemas around the nation, The Muppets are set to make a big-screen comeback. Are we jealous? Of course – we are not getting the Muppets until next February (although the Turkey is pencilled in for Christmas). We also notice how the Americans sneak in a national holiday during a weekday whereas, with the exception of the Christmas/New Year which does move around a bit, most of our holidays are at the start or end of the week. Anyway, happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers and ex-pats and we will possibly think of you again in about a month, when we are having the Boxing Day you don’t have!
Take a look here for some great American Costume Ideas
So it’s July 4th & American Independence Day – one of the excuses to work with a red/white/blue costume/colour fancy dress theme this month (another is on July 14 for the Bastille Day French National holiday). The Day commemorates the moment in 1776, when the thirteen American colonies, which had hitherto been at war with Britain over various issues, declared themselves independent and no longer part of the British Empire. The Declaration is famous for its passage – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’
Chances are that some American–based celebrations may have already occurred during the past weekend, but in the meantime here at Props-n-Frocks we are always willing to help anyone exercising their right to pursue Happiness with the help of our wide-ranging stock of costumes, accessories etc.
The easiest way to get into the spirit of this costume theme is to purely see what costume you like the look of in one of the main colours, red, white or blue, some great costume ideas include:
- Smurf Costumes
- Uncle Sam
- Father Christmas Costumes
- Scarlett O’Hara
- Ladybird Costumes – no need to purchase an entire costume, we also stock ladybird wings & boppers
- Roman Togas
- Morphsuit in one of the theme colours
Or, if your party is truly An American Independence Day, why not choose a famous American real life person, or an American sport theme, or the good ol’ Wild West. Here are some American Costume Suggestions…
- Native American Costumes – we stock a large range of cowboy & indian outfits
- Rodeo Rider
- Statue of Liberty
- Presidents – various overhead masks are available to purchase
- Marilyn Monroe
- Bette Midler
- Michael Jackson
- Tom Cruise – Why not wear an aviator cosstume for Top Gun?
- John Travolta
- Johnny Depp – loads of costumes choices from Captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands
- Liv Tyler – what about one of her Lord of The Rings Costumes?
- Renee Zellweger – the bunny girl from Bridget Jones would be a great choice, if you dare to bare!