Halloween Costume Exchange Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Costume Exchange Party Invitation

Halloween Costume Exchange Party

Halloween Costume Exchange Party

In times of economic uncertainty, many of us are cutting expense yet looking for creative ways to maintain a full and vibrant life style. For years, Americans have gone all out for Halloween celebrations often sparing no expense in assembling frighteningly elaborate costumes and accessories.  There is really no need for Halloween 2018 to be the year of the ghost.  Re-fold your old sheets and get ready to double your fun. In addition to your annual Halloween party festivities, host a pre-Halloween or even last minute pre-trick or treating costume exchange party. Continue Reading →

Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

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Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are: A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

(1928-2012)

“The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him and it was still hot.”  Where the Wild Things Are

As many of you already know, we are huge fans of Maurice Sendak.  For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work “has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood.” Parenting recently described Sendak as “indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books.”

To honor Mr. Sendak's memory we think the most appropriate tribute is making sure you have at least one Sendak book in your personal library.  Here are a few of our favorites!  Just scroll over the book cover for the title and click on the picture for a summary of each book.

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Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween or Anytime

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Last Minute Costume Ideas

Box Costumes

Rubik's Cube Costume

I just saw this costume on the Today show and thought, wow — easy and fun!  You can create it using one box or three boxes askew, solved or unsolved, large or small, with arm holes or without.  Wear tights or black pants underneath.  You can get as fancy as you want.  If you have truly waited until the last minute — simply spray paint your boxes black with quick drying paint.  During the 15 minutes it takes for the paint to dry completely, cut out your  squares of colored paper.  Now glue or tape them to box(es) being sure to leave space between the squares so it appears they are outlined in black.   If you don't have boxes at home your local postal store or office supply store  generally stock boxes.   If you don't have a paper cutter or glue gun consider investing in one for the next time! Continue Reading →

Best Teen Costume – Sailor Moon!

Best Teen Costume – Sailor Moon!

The results are unanimous!  At least so far this year, Party Idea Pros favorite teen costumes are without a doubt these Sailor Moon Costumes. True to the appearance of the actual Sailor anime cartoon characters, these costumes are increasingly difficult to find so you will definitely not see them everywhere.  Additionally, they work perfectly for our theory that since most teenage girls travel in packs, their costumes must not only be cute and somewhat appropriate, they also need to be available in multiple colors and styles so all their girlfriends can coordinate.  This particular costume has the added advantage of having a guy version too!  In fact, these would make great couples costumes also!

Sailor Moon Tuxedo Mask Costume   prince darian cosplay costume from sailor moon

Tuxedo Mask Costume | Prince Darian

So who exactly is Sailor Moon?  Sailor Moon, also known as Usagi Tsukino, is an underachieving schoolgirl who lives in Tokyo. She meets Luna who is searching for the Moon Princess. Luna discovers that she is destined to save Earth from the forces of evil and gives Usagi a brooch to transform into Sailor Moon, and asks her to form the Sailor Soldiers, find their princess and protect the “Legendary Silver Crystal.” As Usagi matures, she becomes one of the universe's powerful warriors and protects her adopted home planet, Earth, from villains who wish to harm it. Usagi is depicted as carefree and cheerful when at ease but quickly serious and strategic-minded when fighting.

So gals, as you hit the street together as superheroes Sailor Jupiter, Sailor, Mercury, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Moon this Halloween have fun and please be safe!

Party Hearty!

Fabulously Crazy Team Spirit Sweaters & Ponchos

Team Spirit Sweaters >> Sacramento Kings Team Sweater Photo, fabulously crazy team sweaters

Team Spirit Sweaters >> Players on the Sacramento Kings Pose for a Team Photo Wearing Officially Licensed Team Sweaters 🙂

Fabulously Crazy Team Spirit Sweaters & Ponchos

As the weather gets cooler and team spirit builds to a deafening roar, cheer on your favorite college teams (and professional teams) in these fabulously crazy team spirit sweaters & new, this year, team spirit ponchos. Not only are these sweaters perfect for showing off your school spirit on game day but you will have the perfect sweater to wear to ugly sweater holiday parties for years to come. These college sweaters conveniently come in a range of sizes and are perfect for future students, current students, alumni, and team fans of all ages so they make great gifts! We have only pulled a handful of examples, so click on over to the Fanatics site to choose your own fabulously crazy team spirit sweaters and ponchos. Continue Reading →

Popular Movie Character Costumes

2016 Movie Character Costumes

Movie Character Costumes

Movie Character Costumes

2016 gave us some great costume worthy movies. Think Tarzan, Ghost Busters, Suicide Squad, Captain America, and even Louise's outfits from Me Before You. We searched through various halloween costume sites and were disappointed to find several 2016 hit movie characters' costumes failed to make it into warehouses. But don't worry! We have taken the time to comb through hundreds of products and have gathered various combinations to fit the costumes of some of our favorite movie characters.  Continue Reading →

Fashion Re-Imagined >> Party Pretty in Game of Thrones Inspired Style

With the premier of Game of Thrones Season 4 just a few weeks away (April 6th) , we are going wild for anything and everything Game of Thrones related. We have already posted a few Fun Recipes for your Game of Thrones Party.  Today we are focusing our attention on  style inspired by Game of Thrones.  Our friends over at Great Gets put together this fun pictorial which will not only get you in the mood for more Game of Thrones, it might even inspire your own fashion choices.  Party Pretty!

 

Unfortunately, the outfits in the slideshow were not sourced but we think any of these dresses from Shopbop would be fabulous to wear to a Game of Thrones viewing party. Can't you just imagine Melisandre or Cersei Lannister choosing to wear one of these fierce red dresses today?

Dolce Vita Diamante Dress Jenni Kayne Crossover Dress Free People French Court SlipFor Love & Lemons Velvet Anna Dress

Or here are a few Shopbop versions of Daenerys Targaryen blue dress from Season 3

Vionnet Sleeveless DressDerek Lam Sleeveless Dress with Full SkirtThakoon Sleeveless A Line DressISSA Metallic Chiffon Open Back Gown

Party Hearty!

Psy’s Gangnam Style Costumes

Gangnam Style Halloween CostumesPsy's Gangnam Style was the first video to hit 1B YouTube views!  What better way to spend Halloween than riding an invisible horse in unison with the entire Gangnam Style entourage. The toughest decision you have is whether to be the awesomely hilarious elevator guy, yellow suited dance star, or Psy himself! We did our best to put together ensemble options but this unique style is selling out fast. We'll continue to update your wardrobe options as they become available and remember, the way to truly master the Gangnam Style is to perfect the horse riding dance while holding that serious look on your face!

Psy Korean Pop Icon Accessories | Satin Self Tie Bow Tie | Gangnam Shoes | Gangnam Style Black Fashion Sunglasses | Gangnam Style Tortoise Fashion Sunglasses  | Blue Gangnam Style Suit | Tuxedo Shirt | Gangnam Style Tuxedo Jacket | More Psy Costume Ideas Continue Reading →