Friday, February 28, 2014

Late opening for World Book Day!

World Book Day is a massive date on the school calendar, and it can get pretty stressful for parents who world full time and just don't have time to shop for an outfit. Especially when many parents only find out the day before that their child needs a costume. We frequently have parents rushing in last minute throughout the year, having just found out their child needs an outfit for school, so don't worry - you're not alone!

To help, we're opening until 7pm on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th March (the two days before World Book Day itself) to try and help the working parents out there fit it all in around their working hours. We already know from our 6 months so far of being open, that having our shop open until 6pm is a godsend for many parents, who pop in on their way home to pick up outfits for other fancy dress days at their child's school, but even 6pm isn't quite late enough so some schedules.

We'll also be opening on Monday too (we're usually shut on Mondays), from midday until 5pm.

If this proves popular, we'll certainly run late opening for future World Book days, and other events throughout the year.

There are still a few days left to get an outfit, and most schools will be doing something. If you've not been informed by your child's school yet about needing an outfit, we definitely recommend getting in touch with them and finding out if something is required for World Book Day to make sure you have time to get an outfit sorted.... just in case! 

If you want to see tips and ideas for your child's World Book Day costume, check out our other blogs! We've already written some about children's fancy dress (with a focus on World Book Day), and we're writing another one for a couple of days time. You can also keep up to date with our blogs, ideas etc on our facebook and twitter pages.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Now stocking Hen and Stag products

Due to popular demand, we're now introducing a new Hen and Stag party range!

The range includes a variety products including Head Boppers, Dare Cards, Sashes, Whistles, Badges and more in the Hen range, plus a growing stag range including Stag Horns, Mankini's, flashing 'boobs' boppers and other bits and bobs for a fun night out!

Over the coming months we'll be adding more to this range, along with a new Hen and Stag Party ordering services, where you can register your Stag or Hen party with our shop to get discounted offers on group fancy dress, making it easy to ensure your group gets dressed up to match the theme, plus freebies for the organiser.

Our shop does stock a wide range of costumes perfect for Hen and Stag parties already, and we've had many organisers and groups coming to us since we opened to get outfits and accessories to make their night one to remember. But with the addition of these traditional Hen and Stag accessories, Fancy Dress Fanatics is now the place to go!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Facebook Competition - Win a World Book Day Costume!

WIN! World Book Day costume this half term :)

World Book Day is on Thurs 6th March, and children up and down the country will be dressing up as their favourite book characters at school!

We have loads of children's costumes in stock in our shop in Bristol, and if you 'Like' our post on facebook, your name will be entered into a draw to win one for your child! We'll be picking one lucky winner on Friday!

If your name is picked, you just have to pop into our shop in Bristol and choose a child's costume up to the value of £15. Draw will take place this Friday (21st Feb) at midday, and the winner will be announced on our facebook page after this time.

To enter, simply visit our facebook page and 'like' our post (shown in image above).

Competition Terms:

The winner will be picked from a hat on Friday 21st Feb at Midday
The winner will be announced on facebook on Friday 21st Feb - we suggest that if you enter by 'liking' our post, that you also 'like' our page so you will know when the winner has been announced.
The prize must be collected from our shop in Bristol - so we recommend only those locally enter this competition as we will not be posting the prize.
To collect the prize, the winner will need to show some identification to prove they are the winner of the competition.
The winner can choose a packet costume from our children's collection up to the value of £15. If the costume chosen has a lower value, the difference will not be paid in cash. The prize is for a costume of your choice only and cannot be substituted for other items in our store.
The promoter is: Fancy Dress Fanatics Ltd whose trading address is at212 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QU.
Employees of Fancy Dress Fanatics or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via our facebook page
Closing date for entry will be 21st February 2014 at Midday. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
Winners will be chosen by drawing a name at random from a hat. The winner will be notified by via our facebook page on Friday 21st February, and if possible contacted directly via facebook (subject to individuals privacy settings as some do not accept messages unless they are 'freinds'). If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: 212 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QU, or by viewing the announcement on our Facebook page.
Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Fancy Dress Fanatics Ltd and not to any other party.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Costumes beginning with the letter 'T'

Another in our series of blogs on costumes A-Z, perfect for those ever increasing 'come as something beginning with letter of the alphabet' themes, here's a huge list of ideas for fancy dress beginning with 'T'

Some are easily put together with bits at home, some more elaborate and needing to buy or hire, but hopefully there's enough here to inspire you with the perfect costume solution!

Got any ideas to add to the list? Pop a comment on this post with your own additions and we'll add them!

Tabby Cat
Tango Man
Tarot Reader (Gypsy)
Tavern Wench
T-Bird (Grease)
Teacher's Pet
Ted (Bear)
Ted (Bill & Ted)
Teddy Bear
Teddy Boy
Teen Wolf
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Corpse Bride
The Fonze
The Hulk
The Joker
The Mask
The Simpsons
The Terminator
The Thing
The Three Amigos
The Three Bears
The Village People
Three Musketeers
Three Wise Men
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Tim Henman
Tin Man
Tin Tin
Tina Turner
Tinky Winky
Tomb Raider
Top Cat
Top Gun
Town Crier
Toy Soldier
Travelling Gypsy
Travlolta John 
Trinity (Matrix)
Trolly Dolly
Tudor Lady
Tudor Man
Tweedle Dee & Dum
Tweety pie
Twenties: Flappers – Golfer – Gangsters/Molls – Great Gatsby Style – Day Dresses

Monday, February 3, 2014

Children's costumes added to hire collection

We have now started to add children's costumes to our Hire collection!

We're getting ready for World Book Day already, and as well as ordering in the usual Children's costumes that we sell, we're also adding something a little different to our collection - Children's hire costumes!

It's pretty unusual to have hire costumes for children, and we're hoping that it'll be a huge hit! Many of the packet children's costumes that you can buy, particularly anything associated with a film (disney is a perfect example), are quite expensive for what they are. This is due the the license the manufacturers have had to pay out in order to be able to make them without breaching copyright. And many parents don't want to spend £20 on an outfit their child might only wear for one day.

So we're making hire costumes which will be available to hire for children from only £10 for three days! You still have to pay a £30 deposit, as with the adult costumes (if it wasn't returned it would cost us a lot more than £10 to get a new one made), but the deposit is refunded to you on safe return of the costume.

We're trying to get pictures taken of these costumes at the moment, but we are yet to hold a proper photoshoot to display these fantastic outfits properly. So we'll be looking for children in the coming months to model these for us! But for now, we've taken a few amateur pictures of the costumes, so people can see what we have. We'll also be adding a children's hire section to our website very soon - the page is there, we just need to get the costumes added to it when they arrive!

We're really excited to have started on the children's outfits, and can't wait to add more in the near future, including curriculum costumes such as Victorians, Egyptians and all sorts! If you have any ideas of special requests for children's costumes to add to our collection, let us know! We're always open to ideas.

Keep an eye on our Blog, Twitter and Facebook page for plenty of World Book Day fancy dress ideas for all budgets - we've got lots more great blogs planned about World Book Day too!

We'll be adding the children's hire costumes to our website shortly, but if you're reading this after mid-feb, you can check them out here.