Jan 23, 2014

World Tutu Day - 02.02.2014

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     Sunday February 2nd is the first World Tutu Day annual fundraising event in support of 
                                                        The Australia Ballet School.

The Australian Ballet School is an autonomous, not-for-profit organisation that auditions and accepts students from all over urban and rural Australia and overseas based solely on talent and artistic potential, regardless of their financial circumstances.

In order to continue to making dreams come true, the funds raised from World Tutu Day will enable the school to maximise its accessibility to talented students by providing scholarships and bursaries to those in need. It will also benefit all students by supporting the School’s health and welfare programmes.



How you can help:

1) Join and create a supporters page and raise funds through an event like a party,fun run or a dress up day at your workplace. 




3) Make a donation the website www.worldtutuday.com

Check out some of our beautiful tutu's available online in our dance section at CostumeBox.com.au.


Help support Australia's dance industry.










Jan 13, 2014

The Best Costumes for a Day at the Cricket

*Image from 2013 cricket.com.au Summer's Biggest Dress Up Party
The Ashes may be over, but that doesn't mean there isn't a heap of cricket on tap for the rest of the 2014 summer... things are just heating up! If you caught any of The Ashes excitement, you probably want to keep the buzz going; if you missed it, you have some priorities to sort out, but now's your chance to make up for it!

We're loving the Carlton Midi ODI Series on right now, their Summer's Biggest Dress Up Party is back on, and could put some cash in your back pocket if your fancy dress costume catches the attention of the judges. Get the boys together and make a day of it - costumes, cricket, beers - it doesn't get much better! Check out the contest details at Cricket.com.au, you could walk away with $1000 for best dressed!

This isn't your only chance for cricket and dress up fun, there are heaps of matches to come with tickets still available, here are links to cricket dates and ticket info around Australia for the rest of the 2014 summer:

Summer Cricket Series:
Carlton Midi ODI Series
KFC T20 INTL Series
Bupa Sheffield Shield
Toyota Futures League

Women's Cricket:
Women's Ashes Tour
WT20
WNCL


Now, of course we're all here to watch the cricket, but nothing makes a day at the cricket pitch more fun than clowning around with your mates, and a great fancy dress costume is sure to start things off right. Having your crew in matching outfits, dressed as the gang from The Flintstones, or maybe even the Spice Girls (whatever floats your boat) will really bring you all together, so we've got a few links and ideas for dressing up:



Morphsuits - Check out some great Morphsuit dress up ideas here for dressing up on your own or in a group. These one-piece suits are easy to see, breath, and even drink through - and come in a variety of colours, patterns, characters, and national flags.

Aussie Green & Gold - from wigs to headbands, flags to costumes, your sure to rouse an "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi" when your troupe of blokes in matching green and gold outfits walks into the stands. Best of all, you can use them again for Australia Day and the upcoming Winter Olympics.



True Blue Aussie - Nothing says 'on ya Aussies' like the Southern Cross, so grab your flag and get ready to wave it, or even better, wear it! Some true blue character costumes like Ned Kelly and Mick Dundee will do the trick too!

Group Costumes - there is strength in numbers, so think about dressing up your crew in the matching costumes, or as a group of characters - it will help you from getting lost in the sea of people too! The Scooby Doo gang, a pack of crayons, The Flintstones, and Mario and Luigi are perennial favourites, but get creative, and be sure to share your pics with us on Facebook!
Hats & Headbands - keep the sun off your face and make a statement by getting your group in matching hats for the day. Sombreros, visors, and anything over-sized seem to be in fashion these days!

Wig Out! There's nothing funnier than a bloke in a wig... except a whole group of blokes in wigs! Whether it's a bright blue afro wig or Marilyn Monroe: the more wrong the better!

Team Colours - Shop accessories by colour - no matter what match you're watching, you're sure to find tons of costume favourites to coordinate here: wigs, hats, masks, and more in popular solid colours.

Need more ideas? Check out CostumeBox.com.au
Order by 3pm AEST for Next Day Delivery!




Jan 7, 2014

How to Host a Vegas Casino Party at Home

Vegas Night, Poker Night, Casino Royale... which ever way you decide to play your cards, a casino party is sure to give you a full-house!

"Throwing a casino themed party will make you a winner!"

This is a versatile party theme, dress it down for a 'quiet' night in with the boys playing poker, or throw a lavish black-tie affair that would make James Bond feel at home. Either way, we've got some great tips to help you host the perfect Casino Party.

You'll need to cover off a few areas to ensure your party is a hit. A little planning will go a long way in making sure you don't spend the night running around, and not having time to enjoy your guests and win a bit of loot at the gaming tables!

Invitations:

Make sure your guests know when your party is taking place! Give them enough time to work it into their schedules, but don't make it too far out that they'll forget about it. You can send out a Facebook invite, but do this as a back-up to a personal invitation - using a themed invitation will have great impact, and helps you to set the tone for the party. Use this opportunity to give your guests an idea of how casual or formal your casino night will be. Include details about dress code, what to bring, the games that will be on offer, and what the spending limits will be for gambling.


Decorations:

It's hard to compete with Las Vegas! But, you can certainly give your local RSL a run for their money with red, white and black decorations that feature card suits and dice... and of course the colour of money!

If you are having a low-key night of cards with the lads, a round table in a dark room with an overhead lamp and a beer fridge is all you need. But let's take this to the next level - no one likes a sausage party.

Set up your gaming tables in a few spots around your living space, leaving room for a bar and socialising. If you want to stretch your budget, decorate the high-impact areas of your location: the entrance, the bar, card tables, and of course the kitchen (everyone knows it's where every good party ends up!) Think about setting up a photo-op area where guests can have their photo taken with a backdrop.

Easy Decorating Items:
  • Red, white and black balloons.
  • Hanging dice, cards, chips, and money.
  • Card suit themed tableware or red, white and black tableware.
  • Green felt card table covers.
  • Streamers, backdrops, flashing fairy lights.
A good music playlist will help you bring it all together, and keep the party bumping... this is Vegas after all! We've put together a Spotify Casino Playlist to help get you started:


Check out the range of casino themed party supplies at CostumeBox.com.au and get creative! Need more inspiration? See what people are pinning on our Pinterest Casino Board.

Costumes: 

There are a couple of ways to go here... casual or fancy. Both can be lots of fun, so go with whatever is appropriate for your event and guests.

For a casual card night, think about providing hats, cigars, and sunglasses for your guests, handing them out as they arrive or leaving them at their place on the card tables. Don't forget to dress up your card dealer in a vest and teach them a few card tricks to entertain.

If you're thinking of something on the classy side, a little Casino Royale maybe, you can set the dress code as more elegant with tuxedos for the men and evening gowns for the ladies.

You don't have to take things too seriously either, think up a playful theme for the night: Vegas icons like Elvis and Britney Spears can make for a fun and interactive night. Or go with a goofy theme that gives you an excuse to finally break out your Dumb and Dumber tuxedo!




Food & Drinks:

Everyone knows the drinks flow like water in Vegas casinos, so be sure to let your guests know if they need to bring anything... otherwise, stock the bar well with lots of beer, ciders, and all the fixings for a great bar. Don't forget to set out the martini glasses and brush up on how to make the James Bond inspired Vesper Martini.

Be sure to prepare lots of finger foods and snacks that you can circulate around the game tables and bar without too much fuss. Some of your favourite appetisers like sausage rolls, satay sticks, stuffed olives, and cheeses will do the trick. If you're doing a simple lads or ladies night of cards, pizza, chips and dip are mandatory fare.

Use red, white and black tableware for your drink and food service, or something creative like these card suit inspired cups and plates available from CostumeBox.com.au. Don't forget to work some of your casino props into the table if you are laying out a buffet: casino chips, cards, and dice will add some pizazz to your presentation.

Activities:

Set up several playing areas around your house. If your space allows for it, think of having a few different poker style tables: one for Texas Hold'em, one for 5 Card Stud, or whatever variations your guests may be interested in. Blackjack is an easy game to set up for, and guests can come and go as they please without getting roped into a long card game.

Craps is a popular and social game for a casino night, so be sure to pick up one of these handy green craps felts to play on.  Roulette is fun, and renting professional casino equipment can be a great way to take your party to the next level, check out Casino Fun Nights with locations around Australia.


A few casino game tips:
  • Let your guests know if they will be using real money or you are providing 'funny money' to play with.
  • Be sure to have card game rules, and agree on which ones are being used before play starts.
  • Have lots of fresh packs of cards on hand.
  • Think about getting a poker kit, or stock up on chips.
  • Have enough playing areas that everyone can have a go or limit play time so everyone can have a crack at winning some money.

You think you're a high-roller? Watch James Bond go 'all in' with a full house in this great clip from the classic 2006 film, Casino Royale: