We were mentioning yesterday about the possibility of a Caribbean themed event.
Hawaiian Shirt – Ideal for a Tropical themed event
It may not have been a great summer so far, but there are some people who with the slightest hint of sun will be out there with the barbecue and throwing a party for all and sundry. These are usually informal events, but occasionally the host may really go overboard and encourage people to dress for a tropical event. In the UK this does not usually mean getting out the swimsuit and having a pool party, more’s the pity. More often than not it means people will be requesting Hawaiian accessories such as grass skirts, lei (the floral necklace, bracelet, or anklet ) and the odd Hawaiian shirt, shorts or dress. The 1940s Brazilian Carmen Miranda can be a popular choice particularly amongst the slightly older generation, whilst the Pineapple dress from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is becoming a sought after item amongst our younger clientele.
It’s summertime & it’s time for a Hawaiian themed fancy dress party…
Props n Frocks stocks a huge range of Hawaiian accessories including flower garlands, grass skirts, shell bras, and even a Tacky Tourist costume (see image right which I have to admit that I have worn before to much laughter!)
Finish off your costume with a straw or Caribbean hat, flower hair clips or a pair of our wacky pineapple glasses!
If you are local to our shop in Essex, don’t forget we are open 7 days a week, with 4 late weekday openings for your convenience.
What better way to get over the coldness of the weather than have an Hawaiian themed fancy dress party?
Due to the placement of Christmas this year, today December 28th is an extra Bank Holiday day. So what better day than to celebrate the opening of Britain’s first National Park in 1950? Perhaps a costumed ramble or Treasure Hunt, to help blow away the cobwebs might work. Of course, the weather might not be entirely suitable for a walk and getting Out and About generally (unless, of course, you have some brand-new sporting kit you’ve been dying to try), but we thought we’d embrace the theme of The Great Outdoors today. If it’s too cold to be out and you would rather be staying indoors, then why not pretend that it’s warm outside and check out our Hawaiian costumes and accessories - Just make sure the heating is turned up nice and high!
Alternatively, if that is too much a stretch of the imagination, you might choose to be well wrapped up in one of our fantastic jungle, farmyard, or pet animal costumes.
I am going to an Hawaiian themed fancy dress tonight -and it is raining! I feel really sorry for the people putting on the party, they have set up a large marquee that is complete with an indoor beach and everything. Every year they do a huge fancy dress party with donations going towards the charity of their choice – they are brilliant parties. Luckily, they do have a large marquee, so apart from a mercy dash to the toilet, we should all stay dry!!!
It is getting towards the end of the Hawaiian season (and the rain has probably made it shorter this year) , but we do find that we sell Hawaiian costumes and accessories including flower garlands, grass skirts, and novelty cocktail glasses all year round.
I am wearing a Tacky Tourist costume with a few additions to make it even more funny – it will be a great couples fancy dress idea whatever the time of the year. I am not going to give all my secrets away today, but I will fill you in with the details and all the best fancy dress costumes in my blog tomorrow.
A great excuse for an Hawaiian fancy dress party (even if the weather is a bit iffy at the moment!)August 21st sees the anniversary of Hawaii (actually a group of eight major islands) becoming the 50th United State of America in 1959. Coincidentally it is also the anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming a section of South-East Australia for Britain and calling it ‘New South Wales’ in 1770. Captain Cook was recorded in 1778 as the first European to visit the Hawaiian Islands (which he called ‘The Sandwich Islands’ after his sponsor, the then First Lord of the Admiralty). Unfortunately, it was also in Hawaii that Cook met his death in 1779 after a dispute with natives who had apparently initially mistaken him for their god Lono.
With the August Bank Holiday weekend on the horizon next week, this might be an opportunity to get in early, take advantage of any good weather and hold an Hawaiian event.
Props n Frocks stocks a large range of Hawaiian costumes and Hawaiian accessories including flower garlands (leis), grass skirts (various lengths and colours), coconut and shell bras, Hawaiian shirts and dresses. All in stock for next working day delivery.
I am attending an Hawaiian fancy dress party this bank holiday weekend myself, I will come back to you with all the details and hopefully some pictures.
No, we are not encouraging you all to go naked to a fancy dress party (it wouldn’t be fancy dress then, more like a Halloween party if I turned up without any clothes on!) As you know (if you keep an eye on our blog), we like to look at costume themes, based on what has happened near this date in the past. In 1979, on August 9th, Britain’s first nudist beach opened in Brighton. Although some distance ‘down-shore’ from the main seafront, the innovation proved popular and continues to be so today. So, we were going to promote the ‘Bare As You Dare’ fancy dress theme which we tried earlier this summer, but we are also mindful of the fact that coming up very soon (August 13th-14th) sees the fourth UK Body Painting Festival (www.ukbpf.com) being held at Mersham, near Ashford in Kent. Although we at Props n Frocks are more obviously involved in the clothed look, Face and Body Painting are peripheral interests and this is an opportunity to see leading artists in this field, some recently returned from the World Championship event at Seeboden, Austria.
The ‘Dare As You Bare’ costume theme, could be expanded to beach wear and that then could include Hawaiian costumes and accessories. We are also expecting in stock very soon ‘Morph’ costumes. what are these we hear you cry, well they are figure hugging, all in one costumes that cover you from head to toe. You have to be brave to wear one of those! Watch this space for more info
July 19th 2006 was the hottest day of the hottest month of the hottest year since reliable records began when a temperature of 36.5C was recorded in Surrey. Admittedly there was a so-called ‘Hot Tuesday’ in July 1707 when horses and men were said to be dying of heatstroke due to temperatures quoted as 38C, but with recording methods a little suspect in those days, the more recent record stands. Can this year’s date live up to expectations? As we write these blogs a little beforehand to allow you some planning time, who can tell, but in the event, an ‘As Bare As You Dare’ minimalist costume theme might be appropriate – or just store the idea until a suitably hot day and/or weekend.
You could also have a beach themed fancy dress party – this gives your guests the opportunity to either turn up in swimwear (modern and vintage), Hawaiian costume (such a good range of Hawaiian costumes & accessories on the market), or just some novelty sunglasses or hats. It will just help to create a holiday / beach theme atmosphere.
As I write this blog (the weather is fantastic, going to be in the mid 20′s again!) but my office is very hot, so the thought of a beach / holiday theme fancy dress party is very appealing!