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-related parties are when you give your guests a letter as a costume theme. This type of party is quite common and can make for some very interesting ideas for costumes.
How Do You Organize a Letter-Related Parties
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just first name if you want to narrow their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters that they have to find a related costume for—this can be randomly chosen.
To be honest, when you first send out your invitations, many of your guests will be very confused as to what you are asking. I would suggest that in the invitation you do give them a good explanation. If your guests are confused, they may not even attempt to dress up, or worse, not attend your party. This article will give you lots of ideas for costumes beginning with the letter W. If you look at the end of this article, you will see links to lots of other alphabet costume ideas. Why not print out this article to give your guests some ideas?
If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box, you will be helping other people as well! Have a fantastic party!
1. W G Grace
Famous English Cricketer, portrayed in old style cricket 'whites' and is specially famous for his extensive and bushy moustache and beard
Standard uniform is a black dress or white blouse and black skirt, topped with an apron and a headdress. Sexy versions could be used - See French Maid image.
For an American 1950s event, there are versions of the American Diner Waitress available.
Following the example set by the Playby Clubs with Bunny Girls in the 60s, it is becoming increasingly popular for some venues to have 'themed' waiting staff. These can either tie in with the chosen 'ambiance' of the venue itself, or to support specialist theme nights. This may be a novel angle on a traditional theme - even the gents can get involved, with the spoof 'Hooters' outfits for men on the market.
3. Where's Wally/Waldo/Wanda?
Originally the geeky character in the red/white stripe shirt and glasses lost in the crowd, now a popular literary character costume - available in both male and female, and with a change of name according to location.
4. Wednesday Addams
Daughter from the 'Addams Family' ('Wednesday's child is full of woe'). The original outfit was an A-Line puritan-style black dress with white pointed collar and cuffs. However, much against the spirit of the original character, there is also a 'sexy' version available (along with one for Morticia, her mother).
5. Wee Willie Winkie
Nursery rhyme character famed for 'running through the town' to check boys and girls are asleep.. Long white (or striped) nightgown with matching nightcap and candle on a candle-holder.
British military hero who defeated Napoleon at battle of Waterloo in 1815.
7. Welsh Dragon
A red dragon costume, symbol of the Welsh nation. It appears on the Welsh national flag. Hire option may be the only way around this unless you are very artistic and can make your own.
8. Welsh National Costume
Traditional costume, possibly carrying love spoons, leeks etc.. The National Day of Wales, celebrating their Patron Saint, St. David, is March 1st.
Half man, half wolf. The man changes into the wolf-form during the time of the full moon. There are hairy werewolf costumes with body, mask, gloves etc. but it is easy to purchase items to make up your own costume. A great tip is to use some theatrical hair and have hair coming out of rips in shirts and trousers etc.. For an Icons party, a version featuring the Micheal Jackson red jacket can work well (although technically is 'Thriller' character was a were-cat).
10. Western Hero
Cowboy outfits come in useful, with the occasional poncho also being required depending on which Western film star is chosen. Examples of Wild West heroes might be The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwod) from 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly', The Lone Ranger, Woody from 'Toy Story', Annie Oakley or (from the 1950s) The Cisco Kid. You could also explore a 'mash-up' such as Cowboy/Baby - Billy the Kid. There are costumes to purchase available online as well as many items that you could purchase to make up your own costume.
11. White Rabbit
Principal character in Alice's Wonderland adventures; Also a hat-dwelling magician's assistant or an Easter bunny.
12. White Lady
Popular name for a female ghost and sometimes the spectral harbinger of death. In German mythology, Bertha, the White Lady, steals into nurseries and rocks infants to sleep, but acts as a bogey-figure, striking terror in naughty children. Any white clothes will suffice, used with make-up to create a deathly/deadly pale complexion.
13. White Queen
In the original 'Alice Through The Looking Glass', the White Queen (a rather shambolic counterpart to the Red Queen) seems more elderly, wears a shawl and turns into a sheep later in the story. In the Tim Burton 'Alice' she is slightly 'other-worldly', leading the forces of Good against the tyranny of the Red Queen.
14. White Suited Disco Dancer
As portrayed by John Travolta in 'Saturday Night Fever', wearing a white three-piece suit and either a black or pink shirt with wide collar.
15. Wicked Queen
The villainess in the Snow White story, able to change from 'the most beautiful in the land' to the hag who hands Snow a poisoned apple. Variatons on the basic Disney Wicked Queen have recent been seen from Cherlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Julia Roberts (Mirror, Mirror)
16. Wicked Witch of the West
From Frank L Baum's book 'The Wizard of Oz'. In the original book she was not named, but for the book and spin-off musical 'Wicked' she is named as Elphaba Thropp. Her witch costume is all-black with a tall, pointed hat. She is green-skinned. A recent film - 'Oz- The Great and Powerful' also delves into the origins of the Wicked Witch, although her costume differs from the 'classic' 1938 Margaret Hamilton version as MGM still have the copyright on that!
17. Wild Thing
From the children's book by M. Sendek, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. The look is similar to a Gruffalo, but has a blue fur animal suit, grey balaclava with white bull horns. Grey Beard and make-up.
18. Will Scarlet
Character who is often associated with Robin Hood. Doublet and hose in scarlet or red shades, hat.
19. William Brown
Hero of many stories written by Richmal Crompton (the T.V Series gave 'Minder' actor Dennis Waterman his first role). William Brown and his gang have a special place in the remembrance of school days. Outfit is the classic scchoolboy in cap, blazer and shorts.
20. William Gladstone
(1809-1898) Victorian Liberal Prime minister and statesman.
21. William Shakespeare
(1564-1616) Arguably the English speaking world's best known playwright. Doublet, stiff, lace collar, padded short breeches, silk stockings, shoes with rosettes and a beard.
22. William Tell
Folk Hero of Switzerland who defied the tyrant administrator Gessler, and was punished by having to shoot an apple from his son's head. Despite successfully accomplishing this feat he was captured. He then escaped and led a revolt to lead the Swiss to independence.
23. William Wallace
Scottish hero, most recently portrayed by Mel Gibson in the 1995 film 'Braveheart'. Technically, tartan, which forms the basis of many a Braveheart costume, didn't exist in his time, but don't let that stop you.
24. Willie Wonka
From Roald Dahl's book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', the owner of the factory in question. Bright Tailcoat and trousers, top hat, check waistcoat, bowtie or cravat and a walking cane.
25. Winnie the Pooh
The 'classic' Pooh from the books by A.A. Milne and the Disney version differ, but the Disneyfied look is now the better known. - a tubby golden bear with red jacket . Friends with Eeyore (a donkey) and Piglet (a pig).
26. Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) The over-riding image of Winston Churchill is of a large man in a dark suit with balding hair and a large cigar.
The original wicked woman. The costume consists of hat, dress and cape normally in black although other colours can be added. Accessories can include broomstick, black cat and mini cauldron. Variations, such as the White Witch of Narnia or Elpheba, the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West from Oz are possible.
28. Witch Doctor
The shamanic healer in the tribes of equatorial countries. Typically wears a Grass Skirt, Fur/Animal Print waistcoat, amulets and possibly a mask. A witch-doctor-derived character appears in the Bond film 'Live and Let Die'.
Originally a costume mainly for males (and the counterpart to a Witch), but times have changed thanks to Harry Potter and others. Costume typically consists of hat and gown. Can also be used for 'Lord of the Rings'
The woodland creature from the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Could be:
- A grey/brown fur suit
- Wolf mask
- Face paint
- Granny-impersonation add nightdress. mopcap and glasses
Larger than life characters, usually based on a hooped costume to create a rotund look. The popular British 'Russ Abbott' comedy programmes of the 89s/90s involved such 'wobbly' characters as Fatman and Blunderwoman
32. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Famous classical composer. May be relevant to an 'Eighties' party thanks to the film 'Amadeus' (1984).. Outfit consists of a typical 18th Century ornate frock with lace jabot/cravat and cuffs, breeches, leggings/socks. Could be accessorised with a white judge wig to complete the look. Could also be carrying a musical instrument. For Halloween a zombified version would be a De-composer'.
The Wombles were litter-picking furry creatures from Wimbledon Common, originally popular TV characters from the 1970s but apparently set to return to our screens in 2014. Most Wombles had 'geographic' names - Wellington, Orinoco, etc and also included Uncle Bulgaria and Madame Cholet. Outfits consist of large fur suits, with oversized head mask.
A religious celebration, on the eve of Mayday, and the Spring counterpoint to Halloween. Witches are associated with this festival, but one could equally well work with a May-Queen or 'Green Woman' Gaia Earth Mother character.
35. War & Peace
A theme that can consist of male and female uniforms, with army outfits ranging in sizes and colours. There are so many military based costumes on the market to suit all shapes and sizes.
36. Wet-Wear Event
Perfect for summer, a wet wear event can consist of everything from rainwear, bathing suits and bikinis to 'tropical' outfits in our Hawaiian range, with accessories from flower garlands to coconut bras.
37. Wheel of Fortune
The Goddess of Luck was Fortuna. Given the name, many people will think of a roulette wheel, and indeed there is an outfit based on this concept called 'Spin to Win'. This can also be a theme based around fortune-telling or luck-based costumes - Black Cats, Leprechauns, Chimmney Sweeps, etc.
38. Wild Wig Night
With a wide range of wigs on the market, this can be a fun themed event or a fund raiser event
39. Wonder Woman
Member of the Legion of Super-heroes, Wonder Woman descended from the Amazonians and is an enduringly popular superhero/heroine character. We have a range of Wonder Woman outfits, both sexy and conventionall, to match your desired interpretation.
Toy Cowboy from the famous Toy Story films. Can be teamed with his friends, Buzz Lightyear or Mr Potato head.
41. Worzel Gummidge
Talking scarecrow and Children's favourite of the book and TV series, famous for being able to change his head! He can be partnered by the waspish Skittle-doll Aunt Sally.
Simple idea, characters could include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens or Lord Byron. Costume depends on person in question.
Woman Police Constable - You can either purchase your costume or you can put your costume together. There are lots of accessories on the market to help you to complete your outfit. all you need as a base is a shirt and black skirt or trousers.
Otherwise known as 'Wives & Girlfriends' - originally a term given to footballer's wives (and girlfriends). It is now associated with a lady who are 'high maintainence', nedding money to maintain their lifestyle. A great fun costume that you could easily put together at home, or use an off-the-peg outfit such as the '5th Avenue Girl/Holly Golightly' outfit featured near the start of this hub.
45. Wilma Flintstone
Wife of Fred Flintstone. Wears a white dress and a necklace. she has orange/auburn hair normally piled up on her head. Desn't work so well as a 'standalone' so ideally best for a couple's costume, with Fred.
46. Woopie Cushion
A foamed novelty costume available to purchase in standard and extra large sizes. Guaranteed to get a laugh! Use with a high rasta-style hat and dreadlocks, as favoured by a certain American actress, gives you Whoopie Goldberg.
I would love to know what you think. If you have any comments about this hub or if you can think of other costume ideas, just put them in the box below. Thanks
Dougal on August 30, 2012:
Jamiehousehusband from Derbyshire, UK on April 17, 2010:
Fun ideas - like the one about dressing up depending on your own initials - obviously I'd come to your party as a jester! Once had a great New Year's Eve dinner party where we gave all the guests really great masks.