Party time

Published by: Kate on 1st Sep 2017 | View all blogs by Kate

Some of you may remember an earlier blog I wrote in which I asked for help in furnishing an immortal's house. Your wonderful suggestions brought that scene to life. I'm now in the last chapter of my re-write (gulp) and I'm back in that same house having a party. Immortals have descended on London from all over the world.

My paragraph starts with this. 'A fancy dress party without a theme.'

Any suggestions for outlandish characters and the intricacies of their clothes would be much appreciated.



  • Snowflake
    by Snowflake 20 days ago
    Have you seen the work of designer Iris van Herpen ? That might give you some inspiration
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 20 days ago
    Anubis, Sphinx (sticking with the Egyptian theme), Cousin It, or a host of inanimate objects - urn, teabag (don't ask!), salt and pepper shakers... I want to say toothpick but not sure that's achievable. Can't remember if you used the Pharos blueprint idea but if you did, the lighthouse itself would be an interesting fancy dress ;)
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 20 days ago
    Ooh, interesting! I'm adding jellyfish to the list...;)
  • Berks
    by Berks 20 days ago
    This literally popped into my head, someone dressed in an olde english manner but with a super flamboyant flavour...
  • Kate
    by Kate 20 days ago
    LOL - great ideas, but I didn't mean literal fancy dress - more people from different eras and countries. Flamboyant and varied. I can definitely go with Egyptian robes and wigs though. That's a nice one Berk - he'll be in it.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 20 days ago
    anything from venice carnival or this
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 20 days ago
    or these from the Coupe Icare
    by 20 days ago
    On a theme to my own book, perhaps an Iron-age tribal chief (or a saxon), adorned in their wonderful golden torques.
  • Snowflake
    by Snowflake 20 days ago
    Seagreen, I love the jellyfish idea. I once made one out of iridescent cellophane. I put it through the shredder to make the tentacles.
  • John Alty
    by John Alty 20 days ago
    Must have a cowboy.
  • Giselle
    by Giselle 20 days ago
    Or ceremonial Native American outfits - they're stunning in patterns and colours. The retake on the ceremonial robe by Roja (should be on the upper-left side if your screen does the same as mine) screams "immortal" to me.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 20 days ago
    A Mexican with a supersized sombrero - Mr Squidge made one for a fancy dress party once out of papier mache and chicken wire. It was about four foot in diameter!
  • Kate
    by Kate 20 days ago
    Ooh, I'm starting to visualise this now - Iron Age chieftain, cowboy, Native American. I can see someone with a raven on their shoulder. The jellyfish might be a challenge but I'll give it a go. Thanks everyone. :)
  • mike
    by mike 19 days ago
    Dear Kate,
    Its boring Mike, I'a afraid, If you look at films which have included portrayals of the Greek Gods, the Gods tended to wear the Greek and Roman togas etc, of he classical periods - the time at which
    they were worshipped. The same occurs in Biblical representations, which does suggest immortals would conform to archetypes. They would go to fancy dress parties dressed as themselves. I rather enjoyed the Nightmares ad the museum films which did the same thing. But my interest is in light comedy.
  • Stevie
    by Stevie 19 days ago
    Hi Kate, check out Indian, Japanese and Chinese gods.How about aboriginal peoples? Celtic warriors, sky clad? Though I beleive this is modern myth but hey, its fiction!
  • mike
    by mike 19 days ago
    Dear Kate,
    I remember a book called 'The Night Life of the Gods' by Thorne Smith. Ir read it when I was a teenager and I think it might have influenced my own book about Greek Gods. It has got some good reviews on Google, but I suspect it has dated. It seems a bit pricey too,
    Di you ask about warehouses in London? I could not find the blog. There are two un developed warehouses on the Regent's Canal but they are let out as studio space for artists and are in the Victoria Park section of the canal.
  • Kate
    by Kate 19 days ago
    Thanks for all the links and suggestions guys - some fantastic outfits in these. The Roja one was beautiful Giselle. Night at the Museum is also giving me some ideas Mike. I couldn't pin down a specific location for my battle scene so went with an old hospital Mike.
    My immortals usually have to blend in, and this is an impromptu get together, but I figure an Immortal would always be prepared for a party and have there robes along!
  • Dolly
    by Dolly 18 days ago
    Someone who wears skis where ever they go, which I suppose in some instances would present a problem, but, never the less, they persevere. As for a name? Anything to do with snow or mountains.
  • Kate
    by Kate 18 days ago
    This is what I ended up with. Managed the jelly fish, sort of. :) Thanks for all the great suggestions:
    Amun hadn’t been joking; his house was overflowing. My eyes did a walk around on stalks. It was a fancy dress party with no theme. Near the front door a small man with a striped waistcoat and panama tapped his cane on the floor to emphasise his words to a tall lady draped in a multi-coloured gown and high headdress. Chimes filled the air from the bells around her wrists as she gestured with elegant fingers. Next to them a bare-chested man with an impressive six-pack and heavy gold torc at his neck clinked champagne glasses with a tiny pale girl in a floaty outfit that trailed pieces of gauze like jellyfish tentacles. I caught Hanson’s voice from the corner, in his usual washed out denim and cowboy boots, but today sporting the ten gallon hat I’d expected. I checked out his waist for a pair of six shooters, and wasn’t disappointed. His arm was around Treece and they were talking to a woman in a black and red robe, but it was the raven on her shoulder that made my jaw drop. It croaked and flapped it wings as a striped feline with diamond studded collar threaded its way through the ankles of the party goers.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 18 days ago
    Lovely! Especially the jellyfish :-)
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 18 days ago
    A phantasmagoric scene, Kate!
  • Mezz
    by Mezz 17 days ago
    Good scene setting, I love the phrase; My eyes did a walk around on stalks.
  • Kate
    by Kate 17 days ago
    Thanks Sea, Spi & Mezz.
  • mike
    by mike 16 days ago
    Dear Kate,
    This may be of use. some weeks ago -18 Aug - I saw a play called 'The Woman on the Moon by John lily. I don't know anything about john Lyly before I saw the play but I know bit more now!
    It is a 1580's play. The planets are represented on stage and I think they were given features attributed to modern celebs. They had to influence mortals and wore sunglasses when they did this,
    Mortals wore shorts, Wellington boots and pullovers. The only information seems to be on the Globe website and there is a untube download of their promo. There were only 3 performances and I don't know if any restating is proposed. The Elizabethans were quite sophisticated and the play is allegorical, If you check the London Globe website you might find information there.
  • Kate
    by Kate 16 days ago
    Thanks Mike. Sounds like an interesting play. I do envy your location and being able to attend all these productions.
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