So this year's Secret Garden Party has the theme 'Superstition' and already we've had plenty of mystified Party-Goers coming into our shop stuck for ideas. So we thought we'd help!
You could go as someone who IS superstitious (carrying garlic, crosses, horseshoes etc) or as the superstition itself. We thought it's more fun to go AS the superstition :)
Here's a list of some of our ideas - many are do-able with what we stock, but some will need a little imagination! We're still pondering though, so we'll add more as we think of them! And if you're in Bristol and have an idea you need help with, why not pop in or give us a call? We might not have something in stock, but with a few days notice, we can order things in!
A few ideas:
We stock cat tails and ears in our shop, probably a good one for the heat as you can dress in whatever black clothes you feel comfortable in)
4 Leaf Clover
It's lucky, but hard one to dress up as! We do have leprechaun outfits which feature clovers, or you could use some of our fab Snazaroo body and face paint applied with a sponge to turn yourself into a green clover - we even have plenty of green hairspray for your hair!
White Rabbit/Rabbit Foot
We have rabbit ears and tails sets in the shop, white and pink, or white and black.Or if you give us a few days notice, we can order in rabbit costumes! Come in and take a look at our catalogues.
We all have done it at some point or another, saluting a single magpie to avoid the 'one for sorrow' trap. Dressing up as one would be tricky though! We have white feather wings which could be sprayed black and white, black and white facepaint and hairspray too. Something could be done with this one we're sure!
Walking under ladders
We totally do this, but walking around with a ladder all day would be a pain!!! You wouldn't have to worry about being stuck at the back though! Maybe a cardboard ladder could work?
Peacock feathers in the home
You can get hold of these in craft shops, maybe stick them to your outfit. Failing that, we can order you in a fabulous Peacock outfit!
Wearing Bridal wear before getting married
Calling all married ladies! It's finally something you can wear your wedding dress again for. Hurrah! Bit risky if you're single though..... :)
Unlucky to open an umbrella indoors doesn't really work for an outdoor event, BUT carrying an umbrella to shade yourself from the sun can't be a bad thing! We have a few dress-up sunshade umbrellas here in the shop, but I'm sure everyone has an umbrella somewhere with the Great British weather we're all so used to!
You could go as a salt shaker (that would be a blue peter job! we have ketchup and mustard, but not a Salt Shaker costume!). Not sure the grass will like having salt dropped all over it though!
Supposed to be good luck, but the Heather itself would be a bit of a challenging costume. Why not go as a Fortune Teller/Gypsy costume instead (we have one in stock)? And if you can get a bit of heather, carry it around.
Other than painting or sticking a number 13 onto your clothes, I think this one's a toughy!
It's not christmas, but it still falls under the category of superstition. Someone will have some plastic Mistletoe in their Xmas decs box I'm sure!
Breaking a mirror
Definitely don't recommend breaking a mirror.... broken glass would NOT make a safe costume! You can get mirrored card though. There's something in this one somewhere!
We haven't seen anything that could work as a wood costume, but some bright spark will think of something! Could lead to a bit of inappropriate touching!
Horseshoe over the door
Not easy to do!!! Only thing we can think of is fashioning a sort of headband with a horseshoe (made out of cardboard) and dressing up as a door (again, cardboard!). Anyone got a better idea?
Catching a falling leaf in Autumn is good luck, so perhaps trying to make yourself look like an autumn leaf would be a good spin on this? Weather using autumnal coloured clothes, facepaint, body paints and spray paints, a cardboard cutout.. everyone who's been researching superstitions ready for this event will probably have ready this one and got an idea of what you're trying to achieve!
Got any other ideas? Add them to the comments!
Stop by our new Fancy Dress shop in Bristol (bottom of Gloucester Road, virtually under the arches) for a nosey and some inspiration!
Find us: http://www.fancydressfanatics.co.uk/#/contact/4564595788
To read up on some superstitions for a little inspiration, try this blog:
For more information about Secret Garden Party and it's theme, take a look at the webiste