Monthly Archives: August 2013

What to wear to a caveman party

Go back to our prehistoric roots, throw on an animal skin and draw on a monobrow for a caveman party! The style is more Flintstones than frightening fella with an axe, so think animal prints and weapons fakery and get down and dirty at your own caveman (and cavegirl) themed party.
Your hunter-gathering may now be confined to putting on a suit and jumping on the train to go to work every day, but in Neanderthal times it was a far more outdoorsy affair for which you needed the tools of the trade. Kit yourself out with an authentic-looking caveman club – it’s made of PVC, don’t worry, and it even squeaks when you whack your target. Or try an oversized inflatable club which can be used for some friendly caveman fighting fun.
You may not have the ripped physique of a true caveman – our cave-dwelling ancestors did spend their days running after their dinner instead of picking it up from the supermarket on the way home – but don’t let that put you off wearing a caveman costume that showcases your manly form. Real men come in all shapes and sizes – and if you get your caveman look  right no one will be looking at your paunch that most definitely doesn’t come from hunting all day in the woods.
No self-respecting caveman would dream of turning up to a prehistoric party without looking like they’d been dragged through a hedge backwards (which our Neanderthal forbears normally had). Pull on a caveman wig, which looks appropriately wild on both caveman and cavegirl heads. Suitably mussed-up and adorned with small animal bones left over from lunch, it adds an authentic touch to your caveperson’s costume.
Cavegirls may have lived hand-to-mouth in caves (obviously) but that’s no excuse to let yourself go. Accessorise your messy cavegirl hair with an animal print headband and bone and bead necklace, bracelet and earrings as part of your sexy cavegirl costume. Wilma Flintstone would have been proud to step out of her cave wearing off-the-shoulder attire like this; complete with animal print, ripped hems and belt.
Pick up some fake fur rugs and suede cloth to scatter around the floor and chairs, introduce some great caveman party games like “Pin the club on the caveman”, “Decorate your pet rock” and “Create your own cave painting”, add some rock (geddit?) music and your caveman party is ready to go!
by Peter Walker

You Bunch of Party Animals | Party Connection

An animal themed fancy dress party is an easy option in party planning, some might say. Others would complain that as a dress code, it’s far too broad a genre and potentially quite childish. But, hey -  what’s wrong with that??
There are so many innovative and different ways to host an animal themed party than you might at first think. Don’t just make it a straightforward animal party – make it a monkey-swinging, snake-infested jungle party, a Big Game rave up with lions and rhinos, or a farmyard gathering of sheep and cows. This narrows down your guests’ options – which many will appreciate – and gives you a few more ideas about how to cater and dress your event appropriately. Whatever you choose to do, we’ve got everything you need in store.

FARMYARD FUN

This is a great theme for children and grownups alike – and it’s guaranteed to get some laughs. Come as a chicken if you want to ruffle feathers, or check out our full body Shaun the Sheep costume which will delight adults and children alike with memories of our favourite animated duo, Wallace and Gromit. As well as this, we have a lovely pig jumpsuit costume, a cosy little number suitable for a summer evening, though perhaps not recommended for blazing sunny BBQs. More reserved guests can always dress as farmers or farmers’ wives – we recommend denim, dungarees, checked shirts and cowboy hats. Put on a barn dance, swing your partners, and decorate your ranch with comfy hay bales for seating. Extra hay and straw will decorate the floor area and soak up any spilt beverages, too. Feed your guests hearty farmyard fare like barbecued corn on the cobs, tankards of cider and BBQ food like burgers and chicken wings. Just don’t tell the animals!

BIG GAME/ JUNGLE RAVING

We don’t quite have the Big Five here in store but three out of five ‘aint bad! We’ve got an elephant costume, a lion outfit – and, er, lots of sexy leopard print trousers ! We can’t help you with transforming into a buffalo or a rhinoceros, but poachers and safari folk should come in khaki gear and straw hats, and leave those firearms at home! Catering for this one is a doddle: it’s all about meat cooked over fire. Simple as that and the fresher the better. Set up a bonfire and serve cold tinnies out of the back of the Jeep. Failing that, a wheelbarrow filled with ice might set a similar atmosphere. Our Jungle Serving Trays make useful props for feeding guests. Keep a pack of face paints to hand for underdressed guests.
Have fun!

by Peter Walker

Casino party ideas | Party Connection

Throwing a casino party is the perfect excuse to invite your guests to come dressed up to the nines. If you can’t stretch to hiring out a real casino for the evening, there are plenty of things you can do to dress your own venue – whether it’s the local pub or your own home – as a glamorous casino setting. Add some glammed-up guests and classic casino games and you can gamble on your casino party being a great success.
As the host you’ll need to look like a high roller in a fun and flamboyant costume  to set you apart from your guests. . Invite them to come dressed in black tie – money attracts money! Your guests will need poker visors so leave a few around for people to help themselves.
The Queen of Hearts  can greet your guests as they arrive, and why not have a beautiful Lady Luck hostess roaming the room to add to the atmosphere? If your guests are feeling lucky they’re more likely to play for high stakes – even if they are just matchsticks or chocolate money!
You’ll need to select a few classic casino-style games for your guests to play. Roulette (you could hire a table from a hire shop or buy a small one), Blackjack, Pontoon, Poker, Craps…you don’t want your guests to be winning or losing real money hand over fist, so why not use Monopoly money or gold chocolate coins instead! Far less risky but much more fun than the real thing.
Dress your venue using “scene setters”, themed cut-outs that are designed to be applied to your walls to create an authentic scene for your venue. For example, a casino-themed scene setter comes with a sparkling casino themed picture on a roll (like wallpaper) that allows you to dress your walls ready for your casino party.
Casino sign cut-outs  point your guests to the Poker, Roulette, Blackjack and Craps tables. Add helium-filled balloons decorated with playing cards and dice, and hang 7 ft long casino string decorations in metallic foil consisting of the card suits and dollar signs from the ceiling or doorway at your venue to create a great effect for your guests’ arrival.
Glitzy playing card centrepieces will add a ritzy and authentic touch to your tables, and you can scatter playing card cut-outs on the tables, hang them from the ceiling or stick them to the walls.
A casino themed party is the perfect opportunity to create a glamorous evening where the emphasis is on fun and glamour, not losing your life savings on a bad hand!

by Peter Walker