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.
Alphabet and Letter-Related Parties
In costume party season, the pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One fun party theme is encouraging your guests to choose a costume that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet.
Here are some ways to go about choosing the letters for the party:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first names if you want to narrow down their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters to inspire their costumes. These could be randomly or deliberately chosen.
When you first send out invitations, it's possible that your guests will be confused about what you're asking them to do. To avoid confusion, be sure to explain the idea thoroughly and simply—since if your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they might not come to your party.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "B," some based on famous characters or people. If you come up with any ideas, please put them in the comments box so you can help other people too.
Have a fantastic party!
Baby — Go on, you big baby! Get the baby look with an instant baby costume kit that could include a bonnet, a giant safety pin, an inflatable bottle, and a diaper. You'll also need a onesie, which may or may not come with the kit.
Baby Doll — The baby doll was originally a style of nightwear typified by a short frilled dress with a high waist. More recently, Baby Doll was one of the five feisty females from the 2011 film Sucker Punch. An official costume is available to get that look.
Barbarella — Barbarella is the heroine of the 1968 cult film of the same name starring Jane Fonda. The costumes featured in the film were very revealing with see-through bodices and very short skirts. The movie also fueled enthusiasm and demand for PVC or vinyl boots. To get the look, wear a white or silver catsuit, heeled boots, and a full strawberry-blonde wig.
Barbie — Barbie is the famous doll associated with the colour pink. Since there are so many variations on her look, you could almost certainly make up your own costume. One of the more famous options is the flight attendant outfit from Toy Story 2. A licensed Barbie costume is available but, surprisingly, the dress is not pink. To get the look, however, a long blonde wig is a must.
Barney — Barney is the beloved purple dinosaur with green spots from the popular American television series for kids.
Barney Rubble - A friend of Fred Flintstone from the cartoon, The Flintstones, Barney has blonde hair and wears a fur tunic. Licensed versions of the costume are available to purchase.
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Bad Fairy — Bad (as in evil) fairy costumes are becoming more and more popular. You can easily find many styles available to purchase, or you can buy black wings and a wand to make your own outfit.
Barrister — Barristers are law professionals who appear on behalf of clients in the higher British courts and are famous for their short white or grey court wigs which are similar to those used by men in the Georgian era. The wigs are available to purchase and go well with a teacher's gown and a smart suit. Glasses could be a good accessory to accentuate the barrister's intellectual image.
Bart Simpson — Bart Simpson is a character from the ever popular television series, The Simpsons. Masks are available to buy, and you can just add a red t-shirt, a pair of blue shorts, and a pair of blue tennis shoes to complete the look.
Bat — You can buy a bat headpiece and borrow or purchase a cape, modifying it to look like wings. Wear the cape and headpiece with a black catsuit and you're good to go!
Batman — The original caped crusader was a comic book and television series hero who wore a light grey costume with a yellow bat symbol on the chest. You can find licensed versions of this costume to buy. In later films, Batman develops into a darker character, the Dark Knight. The costume is all black, and licensed versions of this rendition are also on the market.
Baron — A baron is a type of nobleman from the British medieval era. Barons are prominent in most British pantomimes as wealthy villains who wear medieval or Georgian dress.
Baron Samedi — Baron Samedi is the Voodoo Lord of the Dead and a character in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. Wear a top hat, a tail suit, a cane, and skull makeup.
Banana Man — Banana Man is the cartoon superhero of the popular television series by the same name. An official costume is available to purchase.
Banana — This tropical fruit is a perennial Halloween favorite. Fun, foam costumes are easy to find.
Ballet Dancer — For this costume, wear a leotard, a tutu, tights, and ballet shoes. Traditionally the outfit is white, but a darker version was recently popularised by the film Black Swan featuring Natalie Portman. Men only need to wear tights and a leotard or bodysuit. This costume is not for the faint hearted!
Ballroom Dancer — For the traditional dancer look, you will need a long flowing gown. For a more modern version, you'll do best with a short sequinned or tasselled latin dress. Both hair and makeup should be extremely done-up, and a permanent fixed smile is a must! Men can get away with wearing either a standard dress suit or a '70s jumpsuit.
Baldrick — Baldrick is a long suffering character from the Blackadder television series. Depending on the series, Baldrick could wear a medieval peasant costume, a 17th century workman's costume, or a World War I uniform.
Bandit — For this costume you could take inspiration from Zorro, the legendary swordsman of Spanish California. A highwayman costume could also suffice.
Bank Robber — This is an easy costume to put together. You just need to pull a pair of tights over your head (though a black domino mask or cycling balaclava might be more practical) and wear normal clothing. A replica gun would complete this costume, but be careful of where you wear the outfit lest you scare people or get arrested!
Bavarian Man — Bavarian dress is from the southern region of Germany. Wear lederhosen, a shirt, long socks, and a hat and be sure everything is decorated with Bavarian motifs. Elements of the outfit such as the hat and 'hosen may be found separately, but full costumes are normally only available to hire.
Bavarian Lady — Wear a green dirndl skirt with lace petticoat showing underneath, an elaborately embroidered top, a waistcoat, and an apron (optional). The corset or basque approach is also popular for this costume. Heidi, from the book Heidi by Joanna Spyri, is a well-known character that wears this style of dress.
Bear — You have quite a few choices for this costume idea. Many hire shops have mascot bear costumes but these might be too hot to wear all night. Bear face bops are available to buy and would need to be complemented by a brown top and trousers.
Bloody Costume Selection
Bloody costumes are very popular for Halloween even though they are also quite gory!
Bloody Doctor — You can take a white jacket and spray it with theatrical blood or buy a complete costume. Pro tip: When putting theatrical blood on a costume, put blood on your hands first and then wipe them down both sides of the front of the outfit. This will give you a more realistic bloody look.
Bloody Surgeon — Similar to the doctor costume above, spray a standard surgeon's uniform with fake blood to get this look.
Bloody Bride — You can easily do your own version of this costume or buy one off-the-peg. Just take a light coloured dress that you are willing to ruin (fake blood does stain light fabrics), and spray it with theatrical blood. Blood can also be put into a light wig for a complete gory effect.
Bee Girl or Queen Bee — This is an extremely popular costume. There is a ready-made costume for which a wig (with antennae) is available, but you could also make your own costume with the bee wings and kits that are on the market.
Beauty or Belle — Belle is a character from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The costume is normally shown as a yellow rouched ball gown with matching gloves and a fancy up-do.
Beast — This is a character from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The Beast costume is harder to create than Belle. One option is to use a Georgian costume with a wolf mask, or just some theatrical hair to give an animal impression around the hairline and on the hands.