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With the many modern distractions and technologies of today, it’s important to keep children’s attention on the valuable traditional methods of learning, exploring the imagination and developing literary skills. Every year in Australia, the Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA) proffers a related book inspired theme, with the aim of encouraging the children of Australia to celebrate reading. This year the theme is: “Reading is My Secret Power”. As always, one of the most popular ways to celebrate our books and their fabulous tales is… dressing up in costume! Here are some great Book Week costume ideas.
Here in Melbourne we love the winter. Seasonal changes bring changes in activities and as they say, variety is the spice of life! Melbourne is a city rich in culture and has a list of fun activities so long you would have a hard time trying them all – even as a Melburnian citizen! For that reason, we’ve picked a few highlights for you to enjoy this winter, whether you are fortunate enough to live here or are simply passing through. Here are our favourite options for winter fun in Melbourne:
We Aussies aren’t about to let searing heat put a halt to our festive celebrations… so we came up with a solution: Christmas in July We bring the festive season forward a few months to make the most of cooler temperatures, and what do you know? It’s party time! Here are our top tips on how to host Christmas in July party and the best Xmas costumes for authenticity. We’ll also give you a few tips on local celebrations in case you want to extend the party further… or simply crash someone else’s instead. Have fun!
Has anyone ever told you to go to hell? Well don’t be offended if we do… we are simply suggesting a Saints and Sinners winter warmer costume party to spice up the chillier months and stoke your fiery sides with some naughty fun! Of course, if you prefer the heavenly realms, this is also the party for you. A bit of sweetness and light is always needed to balance things out!
With the 64th edition of the world famous Eurovision Song Contest around the corner on 18th May in Tel Aviv (Israel), there are millions of people rubbing their hands together in anticipation. The contest still has such a massive cult following, which may be surprising given the amount of competition in terms of modern singing shows. Yet if you think Eurovision is old hat, you would be wrong.
If you haven’t already ‘done Las Vegas’ in this lifetime, there’s no need to fly to the other side of the world. A Las Vegas themed party is rich with fun and (somewhat clichéd) themes, that would make for a brilliant costume party! You can bring Las Vegas into your own domain with very little effort, and your friends will love you for it.
Who hasn’t watched movies like Casino, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or the Hangover and wondered what it would be like to be one of those colourful characters! If that sounds like fun, check out the below Las Vegas themes you can incorporate into your party venue, and a few winning Las Vegas costume ideas too.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s brilliant books, the hugely popular, multi-season show Game of Thrones continues to reign supreme on screens all over the world. We simply cannot get enough of it! The myriad colourful characters with their fascinating quirks and attributes make for endlessly compelling viewing.
Equally compelling is the prospect of dipping wholeheartedly into a medieval fantasy for a costume-fuelled celebration of this epic story. In terms of fancy dress fun, Game of Thrones is pretty hard to beat. The outfits are some of the best around, so as the eighth and final season looms, there was never a better time to fill your chalices with mead and ale… and invoke your inner warrior or medieval queen!
Everybody is ready and willing to celebrate Easter, but does everybody know what the Easter Bunny has to do with it? Surprisingly few do, as the sole focus is often the chocolate… but who can blame them for that? However, in the name of tradition we’re going to not only shed some light on the origins of the Easter bunny; we are also going to give you some fun, Easter bunny-infused ideas to help you celebrate Easter in Melbourne.
Harry Potter hits Melbourne and fans will be fidgeting with glee at the news of the exclusive stage show at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. The eighth story (eighteen years later) rocks in up in our beloved city; Harry Potter and The Cursed Child parts one and two will be on until February 2020 and tickets are on sale now.
This original new story by J.K. Rowling is the first official Harry Potter story to take to the stage. It is already a critically acclaimed play, having scored a whopping 24 major theatre awards in the UK alone, and many more elsewhere. So what does it all mean?
Well, it goes without saying that if you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is a golden opportunity to gather your cronies, dress up as the amazing characters and descend upon this epic show. Here is our pick of some of the best Harry Potter characters you can turn up as:
Musical movies have long been popular, but in recent years they have taken on a whole new flavour. Cinemas are inundated with crowds who just can’t wait to be regaled with musical tales of their favourite artists, and the Box Office knows an opportunity when it sees one… it isn’t missing a trick!
Since the unprecedented success of musical movies such as The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia and the Pitch Perfect series, movies about singers and bands are popping up in higher numbers than ever. This has paved the way for some truly epic music fan movies.
The world is chock-full of festivals and parties. You could never run out of options, but as is the same in all areas of life, not all parties are created equal. If you’re the type who appreciates peak experiences, do yourself a favour and make a commitment to attend one of the world’s best parties. After all, when we look back over our lives, it’s always the people and the experiences we hold in our hearts. These are the details that make us feel like we had a great life or otherwise.
One way to make sure you’ve got at least one epic memory to convey to your grandkids is this: get dressed up and join the world’s most dedicated hedonists at an annual event to remember. There are some exceptionally well-organised events happening year on year, so if you like the idea of being part of them, read on.
Costume parties have been going for centuries and there is absolutely no way they will be dying out anytime soon. What a shame it would be if they did! After all, costume parties are just one of the many things that keep humans living in the moment, not taking life too seriously, and in celebration mode. There aren’t many parties as fun as a well executed costume party (whatever Hugh Heffner might have said), but for some people the prospect of dressing up in costume is a little daunting. We’ll show you how to costume!