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 and Alphabet-Related Parties
In costume party season, the pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One idea for a 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 do that:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first names if you want to narrow 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 since if your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they might skip your party altogether.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "E," some based on famous characters or people.
If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box so you can help other people too.
Have a fantastic party!
1. Easter Bunny: The Easter Bunny is an American character known to distribute eggs during the Easter season. Bunny or rabbit mascot costumes are available to hire or buy, and you can accessorize with a basket and eggs to complete the outfit. Easter bunnies are often depicted wearing bowties in yellow, blue, and pink. Alternatively, you could purchase an overhead rabbit mask or a face bob. A face bob is a headband with attached rabbit ears and nose which is very comfortable to wear and does not impede eyesight at all. If you want to look sexy, you could also go as a Playboy Easter bunny.
2. Easter Peep: Peeps are a popular marshmallow candy around Easter time which come in a variety of bright colors and shapes including bunnies and chicks. Wear a marshmallow-y costume that is either bright pink (for the bunny) or yellow (for the chick).
3. Elizabeth I: This childless queen of England ruled in the 16th century, and was sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess. The period of her reign is called the Elizabethan era and was known for a flowering of culture which included the production of Shakespeare's plays. For this costume, you should use a very extravagant gown with a jewelled lace collar and pearls. Wear a reddish, short-curled wig with a whitened face as well.
4. Edina: Edina was an uncontrollable chain-smoking character from the British television series Absolutely Fabulous. Edina was played by Jennifer Saunders and wore a wide range of loud, clashing, and mismatched outfits which were mainly based on 1960s hippy fashion and usually two sizes too small. Complement the clothes with some tasteless chunky jewellery and a curly brown wig with a fringe.
5. Edward "Ned" Kelly: Ned Kelly was the infamous Australian criminal from the 18th century. Some praised him as a hero and latter-day Robin Hood, while others decried him as a thief and a murderer. His outfit consisted of a homemade suit of steel armour and old western costumes.
6. Edward the First: King Edward was a noted King of England in 1272, famous for conquering most of Wales and almost conquering Scotland. Wear a medieval king costume.
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7. Edward the Black Prince: Edward was a prince of England in the 14th century, most popular for winning battles against the French including the battle of Crecy. Rumor has it that he was called the black prince for wearing a black suit of armor, which should give you some ideas for a costume.
8. Eleanor of Aquitaine: Eleanor was a queen of both England and France in the 12th century and one of the most powerful women during the High Middle Ages. She reportedly was an avid proponent and participant of the Second Crusades, which were on the whole not very successful. Wear medieval attire, or dress in armor to get the Crusade look.
9. Eve: Eve is the name of the first woman created by God according to the biblical story which takes place in the Garden of Eden. Costumes traditionally depict Adam and Eve wearing nothing but fig leaves. You can get the look with a flesh-colored bodysuit with strategically placed fig leaves. You can also accessorise with an apple and a snake.
10. Edwardian Bathing Wear: Edwardian bathing suits were worn around the turn of the 19th century and resembled everyday clothes more than modern bathing suits. Men would wear one-piece outfits that went to the knee, often in a striped pattern. Women wore dresses with bows, ribbons, and puffed sleeves with stockings and caps. Bathing dress was usually made from material such as mohair or wool.
11. Edwardian Dress for Women and Men: Edwardian outfits are available to hire and buy and are popular all year round, especially for masquerade balls.
A simple Edwardian outfit for a man could be a long frock coat with either a bow tie or cravat with a white shirt plus fours or black trousers. Make sure to wear a tall silk cap.
An Edwardian outfit for a woman featured an hourglass figure buttressed by a corset and a full skirt that would touch the floor. Collars were high during the day and lowered for evening wear. Add a brooch or some lace gloves to accessorize your outfit.
12. Edwardian Tea Gowns: Women of the house would wear tea gowns during Edwardian times while entertaining visitors when their husbands were out to tea. They were comfortable, full-sleeved, full-length dresses made from lace and other quality fabrics.
13. Elvis Presley: Elvis was once called the King of Rock and Roll, bursting onto the music scene and contributing much to American pop culture in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. His most iconic look is a white, rhinestone-decorated jumpsuit with (of course) his signature hairstyle.
14. Elton John: Elton John is a well-known British musician. Though he's notorious for lots of outrageous fashion choices, one of his signature outfits includes a white sparkly or feathered suit, with orange white-rimmed glasses, a black shirt, a colorful bow tie, and of course a short blonde wig and a hat.
15. Egyptian Gods: Ancient Egypt had a whole host of gods, many of which are still well-known due to Egypt's prominence in popular culture. Many of them had human and animal features such as Anubis, which had the body of a man and the head of a dog. Most Egyptian gods were depicted wearing a robe or a lower-body covering and a headdress. Some went barefoot, but I recommend sandals wherever you go! Also, wear gold and silver—colors that symbolized royalty.
16. Egyptian Queen: Possibly the best known Egyptian queen is Cleopatra. Thanks to the Elizabeth Taylor portrayal in the film Cleopatra (1963), Cleopatra is now often depicted wearing an elaborate costume with exotic eye makeup and plenty of gold jewelry.
17. Elphaba: Elphaba is the name of the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked, the musical spin-off of The Wizard of Oz. She is the star of the spin-off, which tells her story of how she became wicked. She wears a standard witch's outfit with green skin, a dark robe, and a pointed hat.
18. Enchantra: Enchantra is an evil witch who is always trying to make trouble for Sabrina in the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Wear a purple wig, a pointy silver crown, and a black robe with a large red collar.
19. Esmerelda: This character was the gypsy heroine from the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Wear a billowy white top, a long skirt, and a bright pinafore. You can make it a couple's costume with a hunchbacked Quasimodo buddy.
20. Evil Queen: This costume idea covers a number of characters including the queen in Snow White, the Snow Queen from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, or the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia. The style used for these outfits tends to be a long, flowing dress that's extravagant and imperious. Depending on which evil queen you want to dress as, you can choose a number of looks, hairstyles, and colors.
21. Eminem: Eminem is a popular American rap star who has also branched into acting, playing a significant role in the film Eight Mile (2002). His signature outfit is a pair of jean overalls (sans shirt) with a chainsaw mask.
22. Eagle: This large bird is very distinctive and also the emblem of the United States of America. You can find bird masks fairly easily and wear matching colored clothing, adding feathers for effect.
23. Edmund Blackadder: Edmund was the main character of the British television show Blackadder, which took place across different time periods as each series of the television show was set in a different era, which included the 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, and mid-20th centuries. As this character spanned so many time periods, you can use many different costumes from medieval and Elizabethan to a WWI British soldier.
24. Edward Scissorhands: Edward Scissorhands was the main character in a Tim Burton film of the same name released in 1990. In this tale reminiscent of Frankenstein, Edward is a creature created by a scientist who dies before he has the chance to finish him, leaving Edward with scissors for hands. The most popular way to create this costume is a black leatherette jumpsuit, with many buckles and catches on it, a crazy styled black wig, and of course scissors for hands. Wear dark eye makeup and some faux scarring on the face as well.
25. Elf: Elves are creatures associated with a number of popular culture phenomena, including workshop elves like the ones at the North Pole, elves from fantasy fiction like The Lord of the Rings, and the Keebler elves who make cookies. Most recently, Will Ferrell's portrayal of a human who thought he was an elf in the 2003 film Elf has popularized a very specific version of elf costume. This includes a green jacket, yellow tights, a pointed green hat with a yellow stripe and of course, black pointed shoes.
26. Elephant: You can either buy or hire a mascot-style costume for this or wear just a mask and suitably colored clothing.
27. Emu: Emus are the largest birds native to Australia. To get the look, wear a beak, dark makeup, and dark clothing with feathers. Give people a hint by speaking in an Australian accent.
If you have any other ideas for an "E" costume, leave it in the comments section!
Emily on September 27, 2018:
what about Evie from descendants
shefa on July 14, 2012:
Older gives us new ideas. It's really amazing and enjoyable. This idea is the best way to improve in fashion. Shadow collection and awesome....
Elias on May 30, 2012:
Earnest P. Worrel. (the movies Earnest goes to camp/jail/africa ect..)
ella on May 21, 2012:
We were thinking of an ewok or elk.
dom on March 06, 2012:
udaizzzzz on December 17, 2011:
what about eyes!!! I m making one!!! it'ld b beautiful!!
sam on May 17, 2011:
Elma Fudd or Elvira would be cool ideas - I'm struggling to decide!!!
emma on March 10, 2011:
great site! yeah, i was going for an emo or eskimo
Steve on December 29, 2010:
There's even Elmo but this sight was exactly what I was looking for
kalehy on December 10, 2010:
what about electricuted, elderly,
bob on November 10, 2010:
Nicole on October 11, 2010:
What about an Emo? black hair, black clothes, dark eye makeup, Doc Martin boots...
Katie Luense from Buffalo, NY on March 12, 2010:
HealthFreak2009 from Texas on March 10, 2010:
Great ideas!! I've never thought of having a party like this! I will have to try it!