Hi, I am Adele, and I have run a large fancy dress shop in Essex, England, since 1998. I'm happy to pass on my knowledge to help others.
Letter Related Parties
Giving your guests a letter as a costume theme is quite common and can make for some very interesting ideas for costumes. You have a few options...
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just first name if you want to narrow their choices)
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials
- Choose 1 or 2 letters that they have to find a related costume for.
To be honest, when you first send out your invitations, many of your guests will be very confused as to what you are asking. I would suggest that in the invitation you do give them a good explanation. If your guests are confused, they may not even attempt to dress up, or worse, not attend your party.
I would include some costume suggestions for various letters, just to get their brain cells working a bit. If you really want to help, why not print out this page, and my other hubs so you have a complete A-Z list of possible costumes.
So, this hub will concentrate on costumes beginning with F. Look further down for links to my other alphabet hubs. If you have any great ideas for costumes for a letter, pop them in the comments box at the end and I will add them in.
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From the town of Bedrock, the Flintstones have stood the test of time very well. Fred, Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone along with their neighbours and friends, Barney, Betty and Bam-Bam Rubble was one of the first cartoon sitcoms to be shown.
Licensed costumes are available to purchase.
Fairies and Fairy Godmother Characters
In every children's book or pantomime there is a Fairy Godmother, whose job is to make everything right. The Fairy Godmother would usually wear a full length white or light pink dress, tiara and her all important wand, However, The Fairy Godmother has been known to dress as an old lady or Hag to test the worthiness of those who seek her help! From granting your wish to go to the ball or, finding you Mr Right, the Fairy Godmother's job is never done.
Fairies appear in many different films and books. This offers us a range of different costume selections. Below I have listed a few fairy characters and where they come from.
- Tinkerbell - Peter Pan
- Green Absinthe Fairy - Moulin Rouge
- Blue Fairy - Pinocchio and AI
- Sugar Plum - The Nutcracker
- Ariel - The Tempest (Shakespeare)
- Puck - Mid-Summer Night's Dream (Shakespeare)
- Cosmo and Wanda - Fairly Odd Parents
- The Fairy Godmother - Shrek 2, Cinderella
- Bad Fairy - Carabos from 'Sleeping Beauty' (although Maleficent, from the Disney version is more of a sorceress)
There are many different costumes available to purchase, or you can purchase some wings and makeup your own costume.
Characters Beginning With F
Father Christmas - (AKA Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus) The true look of Father Christmas is a dark red robe, trimmed in white fur, however over the years this has been overtaken and is now a Americanised version of a fat, bearded jolly man, who was developed by Coca-Cola in their corporate colours of bright red and white.
Father Time - Traditionally wearing a white robe with a scythe in one hand and an hourglass in the other. He may be coupled with a baby to represent a New Year.
Felicity Shagwell. Character from the second Austin Powers film, played by Heather Graham. Costume is available and comprises of blue hot pant suit and overboots. A blonde wig is also required (see picture below).
Fred Astaire. Famous dancer/film star of the 1930s - 50s and partner of Ginger Rogers. Tailcoat, top hat and dance cane.
Fester Addams. From The Addams Family, also known as Uncle Fester. Long grey robe, bald head and pale face with very dark eyes.
Fireman. Technically, firms are not allowed to hire 'Emergency Services' costumes, but as most sell-through outfits are based on the American-style fireman, costumes are usually available to hire. Sexy female firegirl/woman outfits are also available.
Fish. Hard costume to find, although there is a man-eating shark available to purchase. Ladies could go as a Mermaid, who is half fish!
Flamenco Dancer. Dresses are normally elaborate for the ladies and are available to hire and purchase. Hair is normally dark, so a wig may be needed. Men can wear short bolero style jackets, with white or coloured frilled shirts.
Flamingo. An animal used in 'Alice in Wondrrland' to play croquet!! An ingenious costume is available to purchase, but we would not recommend it as a croquet outfit.
Flapper. Another name for a 1920s or Charleston dress. This is the era where ladies cut their hair into bobs for the first time. Dresses often have tassels and a true Flapper dress should just touch the knee. Add cigarette holders, beads, headbands and elbow length gloves to complete the look.
Florence Nightingale. (1820 - 1910). A nurse during the Crimean war whose medical techniques were adopted and used throughout the world. Wear a Victorian style black dress with white collar and cuffs, white apron and hat. If you want to be a real show-off, she had a pet owl, so get one of the Hedwig-style wrist owls available amongst Harry Potter merchandise and create a talking point.
Flower Pot Men. Bill & Ben, originally from 'Watch With Mother' but recently re-vamped. Costumes are normally only available to hire. A long time ago, I did make a set of Flower Pot Men for my mum and her friend. It took me ages to connect loads of flower pots together. The end effect was fantastic (even if I do say so myself!) but they were not very mobile and extremely impractical, so I do not think they wore them for very long in the end!
Flower Seller. Traditional street seller costume, use any wench/peasant style costume. Eliza Doolittle from the play 'Pygmalion' (filmed as 'My Fair Lady') was a Covent Garden flower seller until her 'conversion' by Professor Higgins to a socialite.
Fiona (Princess). Character from Shrek. She wears a green, medieval style dress and brown, plaited wig with tiara and ogre ears (these are available to purchase). Green skin may also be a feature!
Frank n Furter. Character from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Licensed costumes and wig are available to purchase. Wear a basque, shorts, stockings and suspenders.
Fox. Normally a hire only costume, although some children's outfits are available. Useful for Book Day/Week for Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr Fox'.
Fox Hunter. Potentially a contravrsial costume which might work for a Bad Taste/non-PC party as well as an 'F' event. Affordable costumes based on 'hunting pink' (the red hunting jacket outfit) have not been available until recently. Ideally the outfit should also feature riding breeches and a helmet. Alternatively, combine the Fox and Fox-hunter to give a character often seen advertising a brand of British real ale!
Frankenstein. Monster from the film of the same name. Wear an oversized green jacket and trousers, black boots and bolts through the neck. Green make up will also be needed for your face.
Frankenstein's Bride. Wear a distressed long, white dress and black beehive wig with white 'lightning-strike' zig-zag up the side (there are a few off-the-peg wigs in this style). Use a white-based face make-up with darkened eyes and 'stitching' around the neck and face. A shorter, more colourful 'Miss Frankie-stein' outfit can also be found on some markets.
Fred. The 'serious' male character from Scooby Doo cartoons, and the leader of the Mystery Machine ghoul-busting team. A licensed costume is available to purchase.
Freddie Mercury. Late singer of rock group Queen. Costumes are available to purchase, although your hire outlet may offer a great range of choice: Freddie had many different 'looks' from a yellow military style jacket with white trousers to a mini-skirted housewife in the video of 'I Want To Break Free'
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Fat B**stard. Character from Austin Powers films. Essentially a large, overweight scotsman. A licensed costume is available, or use a Scottish kilt.
Friar Tuck. Rotund character and 'merry man' from the Robin Hood legend. Wear a medieval style monk's robe and a monk wig.
Freddy Krueger. Character from A Nightmare on Elm Street. Licensed costumes and accessories are available to purchase. Wear a red and black stripped top, burnt looking face and fright glove. As an alternative to the mask, a gel-fix make-up product may be available from your supplier.
Fruit . Oddly enough, we are getting more requests for fruit & veg costumes these days - usually from those trying to promote a healthy eating project of some type. Whilst there are 'off-the-peg' banana costume to buy or hire, apples, plums, oranges, etc. are more difficult to find, although some may be available in mascot-style ranges.
Foxy Cleopatra. Character in Austin Powers film 'Goldmember' played by Beyoncen Knowles. Wear a gold crop top with matching hotpants and a large brown afro wig.
Farmer's Daughter. An alternative marketing name for a Dorothy (of Oz) costume, Any gingham style dress will suffice for this costume, although a sexy version of the same name is available to purchase.
Fame. Leotards and leg warmers will bring the 1980s television show (and theatre show) to life.
All Things French!
French Maid. Lots of choice available to purchase or you can purchase some accessories to make your own.
French Gendarme. French policeman, noted for their short cape and kepi hat. Popular due to the Officer Crabtree character in 'Allo, Allo' British sitcom. Normally only available to hire.
French Man. Black/white stripe top, black trousers, cravat, beret and small moustache. A string of onions will complete the look. A stereotype look which most French will dispute. The same can be said for the next entry..!
French Tart. Wear a strip top, short or tight pencil skirt, cravat and beret. Wear a heavy make-up, add a cigarette holder and you are a French Tart!
Dawn French. English comedienne, probably best portrayed as a female vicar (Vicar of Dibley)
French Foreign Legion. Normally only available to hire from a fancy dress shop.
Fagin. Anti hero of Charles Dicken's 'Oliver Twist', pickpocket and 'leader' of the Thieves Kitchen. Wear a dark frock coat with multiple pockets inside and out. Fingerless woollen gloves, scraggy hair and beard.
Falstaff. Character who appears in three of Shakespeare's plays (Merry Wives of Windsor & Henry IV, Parts One & Two). Often described as portly.
Footballer. Topical for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. or wear you favourite team's kit. Nice and easy!
Footman. Uniformed character normally found in panto. Normally would wear a military style jacket, trousers (with side stripe) and a pillbox hat.
Fallen Angel. Black halos and wings are available, just distress an old white dress. Costumes are available to hire or purchase.
Frodo Baggins. Hobbit hero from The Lord Of The Rings (J R R Tolkien). Wear a light brown tunic, shirt, leggings and a dark cloak. Hobbits had huge hairy feet. Maybe you could use novelty slippers and attached some theatrical hair.
Frontiersman. Usually associated with the pioneering days of The American Wild West. Davy Crockett, with his raccoon skin hat and buckskin outfit, is probably best known of the frontiersmen, and, in the late 1950s, was a popular TV character..
Fu Manchu. Chinese villain first introduced in the books by Sax Rohmer, but portrayed in the cinema by Christopher Lee and Peter Sellers (in one of his last roles). Wear ornate Chinese Mandarin costume with Chinese moustache and make up.
Flying Doctor. Wear a doctor's costume and an Aussie hat. You could also wear some wings to complete this 'tongue in cheek' costume!
Now, I know you can think of some other ideas, so drop me a line here and we will add them on for everyone else to see.
Write your comments, questions or costume ideas here.
louromano on March 25, 2012:
Great information, great share.
i love jls on September 08, 2011:
cartoon charchers begin with a f
Megan :) on July 27, 2010:
All of your ideas are very helpful, i am having my 14th birthday in october and as i am bored i have started to plan it already, i have got fairy tales, famous people ... and [i cant think of another topic to give them] can you please give me a theme that would kinda tie in with fairy tales and famous people, i have thought about all things french and faces from the past... faces from the past are usually famous people though... should i go with all things french? how does this sound. Fairytales, Famous people and all things French :) I Like it :)
dont get stuck on June 09, 2010:
on February 01, 2010:
Frenchy (Pink Lady) From Greece
Party Girl (author) on December 20, 2008:
Thanks again sisterkate, your costume ideas are great, I will add them on.You need to be brave (or drunk!) for Frank n Furter!
Have a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year!
sisterkate from Chicago, IL on December 19, 2008:
My, that Frank n Furta costume is eye-catching to say the least.
Other suggestions are Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter, and Freya, the Norse goddess of love and fertility.