Jan 31, 2011

4 Essentials for Your 80's Madonna Costume


She started it all with her arrival on the music scene in 1982, so you might as well honour the Queen of Pop at your next 80's theme party by copying the look perfected by Madonna. If you need some inspiration, almost all of Madonna's videos are available on YouTube, and will get you in the mood as well as give you tons of ideas for your outfit. Check out Costume Box online for heaps of Madonna and other 80's costumes as well.

4 TIPS FOR YOUR 80'S MADONNA LOOK:

1. THE HAIR: You are going to need hairspray, lots and lots of hairspray. Gel and mousse will do as well. As long as you get it big and feathered. High pony tails to the side of your head, a Mohawk, or some coloured streaks - preferably neon - will go a long way for your look. Madonna was big on using ribbons to tie up her hair as well. Punk meets girly. 

2. THE MAKEUP: Remember the first time you put on makeup? You probably went overboard, right? That's the look you want here. Paint it on, and accentuate the cheekbones and eyes with dark, dramatic colours like green, blue and purple.
     
     



    3. THE JEWELRY: Like the makeup, go over the top. Thinking of a couple bracelets? Add another dozen, seriously! Madonna was famous for her religious references in songs, videos, and her clothing. Be sure to add crucifixes in the form of earrings or necklaces. Layer up with multiple chains, and don't forget the infamous "Boy Toy" belt buckle!





    4. THE CLOTHES: Mix and mash, that's the look. Think glamour meets hobo! Dresses with leggings underneath, gloves with the fingers cut out, mesh, lace, and ribbons. It's all about riding the fine-line between lady-like and punk. Show your mid-drift and don't be afraid to offend, Madonna never was!





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    Jan 22, 2011

    Buck's Party Do's & Don'ts

    Being put in charge of your mates Buck's Party is a massive responsibility. You have been recruited to plan his last night-out with the boys before tying the knot...so it better be a good one! But, not too good, if you know what I mean!

    So how do you keep the mob entertained and create memories to last a lifetime without things ending up like the movie The Hangover?

    Follow our easy list of Do's and Don'ts and you'll be right:



    • Do have a plan. Telling the boys to meet somewhere and "we'll figure it out from there" is a recipe for every other night out, not your mates last night as a free man! Include an activity at the start to get people mixing - you might have mates and family that haven't met before. Of course drinks, a spot of food, and a few antics should be in the plan as well. Check out our Party Ideas blog or the list below.
    • Do make sure everyone is in the loop. Get a guest list from the Buck, and make sure the Hen gets in on it - they'll likely have people you don't know to include. Get every one's email address and send out reminders and updates for the party. Make an event on facebook, it's easy and updates everyone at the same time.
    • Do tailor the night to the groom. Buck's Night's have become a bit of a cliche, and scenes of blokes parading from pub to pub dressed as Dame Edna are a dime-a-dozen these days. But, this might not be for everyone. If getting loose in public isn't up your mates alley, think of something more low-key he might appreciate that still gets the guys together for some fun: poker night, a weekend wakeboard lesson with the crew, or... just get loose in public!
    • Do make your mate the centre of attention. Despite what he says about not wanting to be the centre of attention, he's the centre of attention! Be sure that no matter where you go, he stands out as the guest of honour. You don't have to make him wear a Borat mankini, but give him something to identify him as the groom since this is his last chance to talk to girls with a clear conscience. Check out the costume suggestions here for ideas, ranging from mellow to somewhat offensive.
    • Do get great photos. Make sure to capture the evening with some group photos, pics of activities, and shots of the Buck with each of the guests. Do it earlier in the night before you get caught up in the moment and forget about it.


      • Don't plan the party for the night before the wedding. You have no idea how many marriages have started off on shaky grounds from not abiding by this rule. The last thing anyone wants is the groom showing up late or tired from a big night out. Plan it a few weeks out, the last couple weeks before the wedding will be hectic enough and we want the groom relaxed when he shows up in his monkey suit.
      • Don't exclude older family members or friends. If you are planning something that might be a bit fast-paced for Gramps or Uncle Tony, include something more their speed to start the party, and give them an escape route before the bungee jumping or pub crawl starts.
      • Don't let your mates post anything sketchy online. The last thing you want is the bride pulling the plug on the night (or worse) for something that could easily be explained away. In this day and age of real time photo posts, a picture viewed in the wrong context can go viral in minutes. Put someone in charge of photos for the night and let everyone know they'll be available online or by email so they can leave their phones in their pockets.
      • Don't forget to have fun! It might seem a bit overwhelming to be in charge of the event, but you're the only one that will know if things aren't going to schedule, so roll with it and enjoy the night! 

        BUCK'S COSTUME IDEAS:
        There are plenty of choices for dressing up for the night. Get the whole crew into character with a group costume theme, or just make the Buck stand out like a sore thumb!  



        Check out our costume idea lists here:

        - Buck's Night Costume Ideas

        - Morphsuit Costume Ideas

        - Funny Costume Ideas

        - TV & Movie Costume Ideas



        PARTY IDEAS:
        No matter what you do, it's going to be a blast. Getting a bunch of mates together to celebrate the end of an era is bound to be fun. Doing the usual pub crawl and dancers can be a great time, but there are heaps of things you can do to make this a day for your Buck to remember. Here's our top 10 Buck's Party Ideas:
        1. Sporting Event. A one day test match, the races, or a footy match can make for a good time. Group rates are usually available and there is always something on somewhere.
        2. Poker Night. Hit up the casino for the night, or host a casino night at someones house or a private room at a club or bar. Hire tables and equipment, maybe a few dealers to run the tables!
        3. Adrenaline Fix. Bungee jumping, wakeboarding, rally car driving... the list is endless and there are a ton of tour operators out there that cater to Bucks groups. Check out this link for activities and bookings in your area.
        4. Concerts. Check out if any shows are coming up that might rock your Buck's socks off. Nothing like starting off the night throwing a few devils fingers in the air at a concert before heading out on the town.
        5. Golf Day. Driving golf carts around, drinking beers, and smashing balls. Book it!
        6. Booze Cruise or House boating. There are a ton of evening licensed boat cruises if you are near a major water-way, just Google cruises in your area. If you have a few days, look into booking a houseboat on the Murray or longer cruise, like these amazing Kimberly to Ocean luxury cruises.
        7. Road Trip. Get in the car and go! Hire a beach house and bring the surfboards, book a campground where you can make a bit of noise without annoying anyone, or hit up a resort where you can chill out and let loose without interruption. Need some help or inspiration? Check out Australian Road Trips.
        8. Backyard BBQ. It may sound like any other weekend, but if you don't have the resources or time to get away, just getting the boys together and banning the ladies from the house for an afternoon or evening can make for a good time. 
        9. Fishing Charter. Take to the waters and catch your dinner. There is no better excuse to stand around with a beer than fishing, and chances are you are pretty close to the coast: let these guys help.
        10. Party Bus. Let someone else do the driving so you can focus on the important stuff! The boys at Pub Trek have got it down to a science!

          STILL FEELING CLUELESS?
          Buck's Party Planners and Help:
           P.S. HAVE A GOOD TIME, BUT DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN! The Hangover, 2009


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            Jan 21, 2011

            Top 10 Buck's Party Ideas

            Club or Bus? Bit of both!
            We all know you can find your way to the pub, strippers, and kebab shop... so we're getting a bit more creative here with our list of Buck's Party Ideas...

            1. Sporting Event. A one day test match, the races, or a footy match can make for a good time. Group rates are usually available and there is always something on somewhere.
            2. Poker Night. Hit up the casino for the night, or host a casino night at someones house or a private room at a club or bar. Hire tables and equipment, maybe a few dealers to run the tables!
            3. Adrenaline Fix. Bungee jumping, wakeboarding, rally car driving... the list is endless and there are a ton of tour operators out there that cater to Bucks groups. Check out this link for activities and bookings in your area.
            4. Concerts. Check out if any shows are coming up that might rock your Buck's socks off. Nothing like starting off the night throwing a few devils fingers in the air at a concert before heading out on the town.
            5. Golf Day. Driving golf carts around, drinking beers, and smashing balls. Book it!
            6. Booze Cruise or Houseboating. There are a ton of evening licensed boat cruises if you are near a major water-way, just Google cruises in your area. If you have a few days, look into booking a houseboat on the Murray or longer cruise, like these amazing Kimberly to Ocean luxury cruises.
            7. Road Trip. Get in the car and go! Hire a beach house and bring the surfboards, book a campground where you can make a bit of noise without annoying anyone, or hit up a resort where you can chill out and let loose without interruption. Need some help or inspiration? Check out Australian Road Trips.
            8. Backyard BBQ. It may sound like any other weekend, but if you don't have the resources or time to get away, just getting the boys together and banning the ladies from the house for an afternoon or evening can make for a good time. 
            9. Fishing Charter. Take to the waters and catch your dinner. There is no better excuse to stand around with a beer than fishing, and chances are you are pretty close to the coast: let these guys help.
            10. Party Bus. Let someone else do the driving so you can focus on the important stuff! The boys at Pub Trek have got it down to a science!



            Buck's Party Do's & Don'ts.



            Buck's Party Costume Ideas.


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            Jan 20, 2011

            Buck's Night Costume Ideas

            Planning a Buck's Night for a mate? Well, you're going to need to dress him up for some facebook worthy photos now aren't you? These costumes are great for taking the mickey out of the groom-to-be, so bring along your sense of humour, and maybe a bit of bail money too! Check out the full selection of costumes, wigs, and hats available online at Costume Box.


            Mens Tutu
            Mens Pink Tutu
            Hairy Hammock
            Hairy Hammock
            Tequila Dude
            Tequila Dude
            Anita Waxin
            Anita Waxin

            Get Leid
            Get Leid
            Alice Mens
            Mens Alice
            Sumo Suit
            Sumo Suit
            Mens Flapper
            Mens Flapper

            Giant Boob
            Giant Boob
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            Fat Elvis
            Convict
            Convict
            Big Scot
            Big Scot

            Lodge Hat
            Lodge Hat
            Mullet Wig
            Mullet Wig
            Convict
            Viking Hat
            King Wig
            King Wig

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            Jan 14, 2011

            Costume Ideas for Australia Day



            Shop for Australia Day Costumes at Costume Box - Next Day Dispatch!





            What's On In Your Area This Australia Day

            Australia Day is coming up quick... time to start planning your day! Check out these links to events going on around the country:

            NSW - Sydney CBD
            NSW - Sydney Hyde Park
            NSW - Sydney Harbour
            NSW - Check out what's going on in your Council

            VIC - Melbourne
            VIC - Click on in your town here for details

            QLD - Metro & Regional

            WA - Metro & Regional

            SA - Metro & Regional

            TAS - Metro & Regional

            NT - Metro & Regional

            ACT - Metro & Regional

            You can also search your postcode here to find events close to your town: Local listings

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            Jan 7, 2011

            Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Great Party


            Anyone can throw a party, but not everyone can throw an amazing party! There are heaps of online Party Planning Checklists to help ensure you don't miss any of the big stuff, but for taking your event to the next level, we asked our panel of experts for their best tips:

            1. Greet your guests when they enter and help integrate them into the party. It sounds like a no-brainer, but often the first few people get a personal welcome and then things get busy and priorities change. If you can't watch the entrance, assign someone to help people with coats, receive hostess gifts, and give them a run down on where to find things (toilets, food, the bar). It's also good to point guests in the direction of people they may know, the guest of honour, or someone they might like to meet.

            2. Good lighting can create amazing ambiance. Use candles to mark your entrance and bring attention to features in your garden or house, like a pathway or fireplace. Different levels of light in each room can set the tone. Have brighter lights around food, bars, and bathrooms; use festive lanterns or fairy lights to mark a dance floor; and be sure to have a chill area where people can talk with dimmer lights and candles.

            3. Don't narrow your guest list too much. You want to invite people that will have common interests and connections, but don't be afraid to mix it up with that wacky second cousin or crazy neighbour that might add a bit of colour to the evening. Someone that doesn't know everyone and their history can often provide the catalyst for new and interesting conversations.

            4. Make sure there are less seats than people. It's a dirty trick, but if you want people to mix and mingle, this works a treat! The last thing you want is everyone getting comfy in a recliner and things fizzling out early. By limiting chairs, people will be more approachable, change locations regularly, and interact with more people. More interactions equals more fun!

            5. Send out a 'Thank you' note afterwards with a photo from the event. If it's a less formal event, send guests an email two days later with a link to an online picture gallery like facebook or Picasa. Be sure to tag people and make comments so people can connect faces to names.

            Need a costume for an upcoming event? Costume Box has over 3000 items online:




            Jan 5, 2011

            When I Grow Up... Costumes for your budding worker bee!

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            It might still be summer holidays, and Book Week is months away... but who can resist these amazing children's costumes from AeroMax?

            Their line of Get Real Gear for kids features authentic detailing that makes them look the real deal more than play clothes! Even Hollywood can't resist, with celebrities like Jay Leno, Russell Crowe, and Victoria Beckham buying up pieces for their kids.

            100% cotton construction, sturdy design, and awards to back it up - these costumes will have your kids dreaming big!


            Dream Jobs
            The cool thing about these kids costumes is that you can actually get them in adult sizes too! Who wouldn't be excited to suit up as one of these action junkies, way more fun than tucking in your shirt and putting on a tie! Sign me up! Available online at Costume Box., each one includes the jumpsuit or jacket, and hat shown in the photos. The Junior Secret Agent even comes with a brief case for smuggling secret formulas and documents.

            Astronaut Child Costume
            Astronaut Costume
            Race Car Driver Child Costume
            Race Car Driver
            Armed Forces Pilot Child Costume
            Armed Forces Pilot
            Secret Agent
            Secret Agent

            For the Wee Ones 
            These are an economical option for 3-5 year olds. Each costume shirt is screened with the details and accessories right onto it. Great for play time or fancy dress occasions alike. Easy to get on and off, machine washable, and nice and simple for the young ones looking to play grown-up. Check out sizing and more info at Costume Box.
            Police Officer Shirt
            Police Shirt
            Chef Shirt
            Chef Shirt
            Doctor Shirt
            Doctor's Shirt
            Firefighter Shirt
            Firefighters Shirt

            Taking Care of Business 
            Catching a flight, a bad guy, or a flu... these costumes will have your little ones ready to get the job done! Fun for playing around the house, a costume or theme party, school plays or Book Week. Check the full range at Costume Box, as well as over 3000 more costumes for kids and adults.
            Airline Pilot Child Costume
            Airline Pilot
            Police Officer Child Costume
            Police Officer
            ER Doctor Child Costume
            ER Doctor
            Lab Technician Child Costume
            Lab Tech

            Shop for Children's Costumes Online at Costume Box Now:



            Jan 4, 2011

            Get a Free Costume from Costume Box!


            We're giving away a free costume every month to one lucky person that wants to be a Costume Box Field Reporter!

            If you are going to a music festival, sporting event, big theme or holiday party - we want you to Tweet the event and get some pictures for us.

            Simply, 'like' us on facebook and let us know why you deserve a free costume for your event!

            We've got over 3000 costumes online at Costume Box, and one of them is waiting to ship to you!

            Here's what you have to do:
            1. 'Like' us on facebook...
            2. Tell us when your event is and why you deserve a free costume
            3. We'll choose a winner on the 15th of every month.
            4. If you win, we'll ship your costume and arm you with the details to Tweet your fancy dress event and post some pictures for us.

            Get started now, the next draw is on the 15th of January...