Mar 31, 2011

Men's Plus Size Costumes

There are loads of costume options for big and tall lads these days... No need to squeeze into a regular size outfit that leaves you feeling tight around the chest or short in the arms! Costume Box has a ton of costumes for guys over 6' or with a 44"+ chest. Check out the great costumes available in our slide show, or pop over to Costume Box and cruise the Plus Size offerings. Definitely one of the best selections online...

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Mar 28, 2011

Kids Superhero Costumes

Looking for a great costume for an event or birthday party? Or maybe a gift for a really super kid? Here are a selection of superhero themed costumes for everyone from toddlers to teens. For more costumes, or for fast delivery right to your door, check out Costume Box online.

The Batman Baby Bunting suit makes a perfect gift for any newborn with Batman fans in the family. The cozy construction includes a cape with bat ear headpiece, and a screened on Batman logo and belt.

Machine washable, and easy on the pocket book.

The Wonder Baby suit is a perfect gift for any infant, featuring a Wonder Woman logo bib ready to catch all those wonderful drools! The Batgirl, Supergirl, and Superbaby costumes are all made with a soft flannel material, machine washable, and feature a bib and cape with logo on the front.

This Superman Toddler costume is easy to get on and off, machine washable, and has the logo, belt and boot tops built right in: Just add kid! With Wonder Woman being remade into a movie this year, this Toddler Wonder Woman costume is a hot commodity. Batman for boys and Batman for girls are both great options for dressing up for a party or just playing dress up. Check out both these costumes at Costume Box for more details.

The lads will look fast and furious in the new Flash costumes for kids, available in a muscle chest version or regular costume, both complete with a jumpsuit that sports the headpiece, screened on belt and boot covers built in. The traditional Batman costume for children has a muscle chest as well, the jumpsuit comes with a cape with built in headpiece. The Boy Wonder Robin is available in all sorts of styles. Here are two versions, the latest Muscle Chest Robin, and the traditional Robin. When talking Superhero's, there is no topping Superman! The Man of Steel costume is available in a regular Superman for children, and a Muscle Chest version that is fun to wear also. One of the latest Superhero's on the scene, Iron Man, is now a great costume for children, check out the licensed version at Costume Box online.

These Superhero's have all been updated with modern flair. The Pink Wonder Woman and Pink Supergirl both get a sweet update with these bright new versions. The Batgirl costume has a slick look with a black and yellow combo that really stands out. And the Supergirl in traditional blue and red has a great shimmery look and feel to it that adds a bit of class to saving the day.

It's about time someone started making costumes for tweens and teens! Too big for kids costumes, and a bit too small for the adult sizes... these are perfect for the in-between'ers! The Dark Knight Teen costume features the most recent version of Batman, complete with cape, belt, and headpiece. The sleek Female Robin Teen costume gives adds a twist to the Boy Wonder outfit, with a one-piece shimmery suit that looks great with boots. Wonder Woman and Super Girl teen outfits with dresses, capes, boot covers included will look great for any dress up event.

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Mar 25, 2011

80s Theme Party: Get Rad

It's hard to believe the 80's started over 30 years ago! This was a decade of decadence, with prosperity at an all time high and the focus on having a good time while looking good doing it. Hair was big, clothes were bright, and MTV was bringing pop idols right into your living room for the first time!

If you lived through it once already, it's been long enough for a renaissance! If you missed out, this makes for a totally awesome retro party idea! Follow our tips for Decorating, Music, Costumes, Food, and more...

  • Use cassette tapes (a staple of the 80's) and make your own invitations! Print off the party info or write it on using a sticker template like this one, and send it out to your guests.
  • Zazzle has a great range of 80's party invitations, check them out online.
  • Make a facebook invitation and use lots of photos to set the tone to encourage your guests to dress up.
  • Tell your guests to leave their iPhone at home, the only mobiles in the 80's were bricks!

Making over your space to look like the 1980's is easier than you think! The best way to set the tone without picking up a bunch of furniture you don't want, is to clear out the rooms you are going to use and covering the walls with loads of 80's memorabilia. 
  • Over decorate with bright and opposing colours. The main 80's colours you are after are brights and neons, use solid contrasting tablecloths, balloons, and streamers - all big in the 80's - to set the scene. Check out Cracker Box for a good selection of colours at a reasonable price, delivered right to your door.
  • Hang movie posters. Dig up some 80's movie posters online, Poster World is a good place to look. They have everything from Ghostbusters to E.T. covered. 
  • Display album covers. Records were on the way out in the 80's, but they were still popular and easy to come by. Dig out your collection, or hit up the Salvation Army store and see what you can find.
  • Retro toys and games. Leave out some of the fads most equated with the decade - Rubik's Cube, Simon Says, Cabbage Patch Kids, oh heck, might as well get out your Masters of the Universe action figures out too!

When you consider all the fashion trends of the eighties, movie characters, musicians, and other celebrities, there are literally thousands of costumes you can choose from. We've sorted a few of our favourites into the blog posts below...

It all depends on your genre of choice here, but every 80's party should support the classics - check out VH1's Top 100 songs from the 1980's. Making your 80's party music themed is always fun too, encourage your guests to dress up as different genres of music - pop, hip hop, metal, glam rock, alternative, punk - and bring their favourite play list along. Everybody Wang Chung tonight!

Check out our blog on 80's Theme Party Music Ideas here.

Don't mess around with food too much, it's the 80's, it's a party: order some pizza's and make some delicious sweet treats for later when the first sugar rush from all those colourful 80's drinks runs out... these were the days before Red Bull, Monster, and V!
80's Drinks:
Long Island Iced Tea, Mai Thais, Blue Lagoon's, and wine coolers were hot. Anything that had an un-natural colouring to it, was served in a tall glass, or seemed like something they'd drink on The Love Boat

Check out the decorated cookie blog, some great 80's arcade themed items that will add to your ambiance as well as taste great going down. Their blog has great instructions on how to make them, step by step!

Suite 106 Cupcakery has some delicious and creative cupcakes worth checking out: Pac Man, Rubik's Cubes, and Cassette Tapes never looked so tasty!

A little inspiration from the 1988 classic, Cocktail


Rubik's Cube Contest:
Challenge your guests to solve the fad game of the decade. Can you beat the world record?

Trivial Pursuit:
The biggest game of the 80's is so retro, it now has it's on edition. Test your knowledge of movies, music, politics and geography to collect pieces of pie. Mmmm... pie.

Video Games: 
Break out the Atari, Nintendo, or download some of the classic 80's arcade games to your PC and have a video game challenge. If you are feeling hard core, buy a cool table top video game!

Play 80's Movies
Throw on some classic 80's movies. Find a VHS player to use - it will definitely add to your decor and make for authentic movie watching! Don't forget: be kind, rewind.


Check out The 80's are Back at the Powerhouse Museum during March, 2011.

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Mar 24, 2011

Saints and Sinners: Enlightened Costume Ideas

Thinking of having a Saints and Sinners party or need a costume idea for one? There's a lot of room for interpretation with this theme, you and your guests will have a blast coming up with outfits. Here are a few ideas from Costume Box, one of the best places on the web to get fancy dress costumes! We'll leave it up to you to decide who the Saints and who the Sinners are on this list!

The Holy Hammered, and plus size costumes come with a 'Book' that hides a flask and shot glasses, perfect for a sneaky one between confessions. You can pick up the Holy Hammered Book separately as well. The Keep Up the Faith costume has an air-pump that fills out the robe should you decide to express your enthusiasm down below. Cheeky!
Holy Hammered Costume
Holy Hammered Plus Size
Holy Hammered Liquor Book
Keep Up the Faith Costume

Get in the big guys good books, and dress up in a classic Priest costume, or as his Italian brother the Piazza Priest. Be sure to accessorize with a crucifix and the Bible (no, put down the FHM, inappropriate!)
Piazza Priest
Priest Costume
Priest Plus Size
Crucifix Accessory

You've got your regular priests, and then you've got your Pontiff's, Cardinal's, and of course, the big guys right hand man, Jesus. All of these costumes have one thing in common: you get to wear a dress without being called a cross-dresser. Blessings all around.
Pontiff Costume
Cardinal Costume
Jesus Costume
Jesus Wig and Beard

Just because these guys are ascetics, doesn't mean they can't have a good time... well, maybe it does, but I'm not gonna tell! Whether you are climbing the bell tower or navigating the streets of NYC, the Medieval Monk costume and Rabbi costume will help you find salvation in style.
Medieval Monk
Medieval Monk Plus Size
Friar Tuck Wig
Rabbi Costume

How's that song go? "Nun's just wanna have fun!" or is that "Girls"? Anyway, these Nun's are here to answer your prayers. Think Nun's on spring break. The Naughty Nun looks great with a pair of Mary Jane's, what with all that leg showing you better have nice shoes on! And the Thank You Father costume is, well, just not something you see every day, now is it. Sense of humour required!
Naughty Nun Costume
Naughty Nun Plus Size
Mary Jane Shoes
Thank You Father Costume

Get your best Whoopi Goldberg impression ready, this Nun costume is serious business (unless you have a reputation for not being serious, in which case it's perfect!) Don't forget your cross, it will help eradicate any confusion over whether you are dressed as a penguin or a nun.
Nun Costume
Metal Crucifix

Well, nothing says Saint like someone that's made it through to the other side and earned their wings. Check out this Angel Wings and Halo set, great for adults or kids. The Heaven Sent costume for kids is a perfect outfit for your little angels, and is as irresistible as the Heavenly Angel baby costume.

Finally, the bad guys! Well, they are all smiling, maybe they aren't so bad? Here are a few versatile outfits for the girls, with the Darling Devil, and Naughty and Nice costumes for toddler's or children. The Night Wing Teen has an urban twist on the traditional Devil outfit, as does the leather-look Devil Made Me Do It for men. Of course, there's always a classy Devil in every room.

Darling Devil
Naughty and Nice Toddler
Naughty and Nice Child
Night Wing Teen Devil
Devil Made Me Costume
Devil Costume

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