Make It A Fancy Dress Christmas

A Southern Hemisphere Christmas – it’s a license to go a little bit of crazy

So why not go all the way and get in costume!!

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

A few years ago my family began this crazy tradition of fancy dress for Christmas lunch and it worked a treat. After all it’s hard to argue with someone dressed as a pirate! Of course I go a little “all out” and create movie-poster style invites, theme up the table decoration and yes the music too. Our family christmas photos are a real (embarrassment) hoot.

Our Hippy Christmas

(see the poster invite in the blog post feature image)

This year Christmas is at my house (in the treehouse) so, of course, we’ve gone for  a Swiss Family Robinson “Get shipwrecked” theme.

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Getting Started with a Fancy Dress Christmas.

Tip 1: try hats first

A Mad Hatters Christmas theme

If your family is very committed to a traditional Christmas or a bit shy then you need to slowly get them used to the idea. Just start with crazy hats. Place them on the table setting and just watch the fun unfold. Make sure you hire them from a real costume hire company not a party shop .. after all they need to look real for everyone to get into character.

Or if they’re a creative bunch get them to make their own hats from found objects (my dad wore a copper bucket upside down on his head!).

Then next year go all out with fancy dress.

Examples of a good hat selection:

hippy wigs, Rastafarian cap with dreadlocks attached, mexican, police hat, cowboy, turkish fez, Victorian bonnet

Table theme

chess pieces, black and white colours

Our Mad Hatters Poster Invite

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Sample  of other themes we’ve used.

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