Fancy dress ideas for Heroes and Villains


Thanks for making me laugh this week with your suggestions of  games to play at my up and coming birthday bash. I think Lulu was a little surprised to see a somewhat sultry photo of herself under the heading ‘know any good party games?’!! And somewhat disappointingly we didn’t get the chance for me to find out whether she did or not when we worked together on Thursday. 

Of course I’m not the only one with a ’significant’ birthday coming up – Kathy and Ann Dawson have also reached the same milestone as myself – but we all take comfort from the fact that the ever youthful Julia and almost childlike Debbie Greenwood, have also ‘been there and done that’…

I do have another party to go to soon which is a themed fancy dress party. The theme… Heroes and Villains. So what to wear..? I’ve toyed with Spongebob Square pants – well the idea of dressing as him – but Colin thought that was ridiculous and said he thought I’d be better as Wonderwoman or Catwoman… you sense a theme???

I've been looking online for outfits and realise I'm indeed getting old! I don’t remember Wonderwoman looking anything like that in the series! And Spiderwoman – is there such a person? I think I may need your help on this one to decide. Will see what I can get my hands on and then take photos…

Ali's flapack chair Actually I’ve been a little creative this last week and have done something I’ve never done before. In truth it’s something I’ve managed to avoid up until now as I doubted my ability to rise to the challenge, but I am delighted to say that after a few botched attempts and a bad case of Alan Key Arm, I did it!

From cardboard box to dining room table – I have conquered the world of flatpack furniture! I actually made four chairs as well, although as my photo shows, they were a tad trickier than I thought they would be… the instructions weren’t written but consisted of little drawings with numbers corresponding to the different pieces in the box. 

Ali's second flatpack chair There was also a recommended time for assembly… 20 minutes per chair they suggested. As you can see the first took considerably longer (top photo left), but by the time I was on the third chair (bottom photo left) I’d got it down to 10 minutes! Result! 

How are you when it comes to being creative?? Do let me know.

Well, must fly as muffins in the oven and food shopping waiting to be unpacked! Have a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Love Ali xx


  1. Marg January 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, my first thought on fancy dress was cat woman from Batman a la the beautiful Michelle,or what about Bonnie you have your own Clyde so make it a joint effort.I’m sure the ladies will come up with some great suggestions, hope you have a great time.

  2. alison keenan January 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Marg that’s a corker! Colin would look great as Clyde in a hat! Thank you…. I think maybe I’m a little over the hill to be catwoman anyway, but will give the costume a go before making a final choice. Hope all’s well with you and that this sudden dip in temperature isn’t troubling you. Bloomin’ freezing here :0 x x

  3. Kristina Moore January 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Ali, don’t ask me why and whether you can do this will be interesting (or even if you want to) but I thought Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty! Don’t laugh.
    Talking of freezing – it didn’t feel too bad when I went out on my ‘training’ walk. I did have three layers and a coat on mind you but it is much better than trying to time your walk so you don’t melt while doing it. Claire said that you have invented some insoles. Do tell. We will both buy some. Hope all is/are well with you.

  4. Judy January 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Good girl !! Flat pack is a breeze once you get used to it.
    I’ve been doing it for more than 30 years. Just lay everything out before you start and make sure you have all the bits. Actually drawings are more helpful than instructions, as long as you have them the same way round as the furniture.
    A daughters ex-boyfriend was found to be severely lacking in the fp dept when she was at uni. When asked to help assemble a desk he reportedly said ” that’s not something I have the skills for.” Rather put-out she said ” blimey, even my Mum can do this ”
    How chuffed was I ???

  5. Adrian January 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison ,Definately Catwoman , i think you could give Michelle Pfeiffer a run for her money

  6. alison keenan January 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Tina, I wouldn’t be a patch on Robert Downey Junior – although I rather liked the sideburns….! But did we ever get to see Professor Moraitey or what he looked lke?? I always start off with loads of layers on, and then end up peeling them off but having to carry my coat!! Excellent that you’re going ahead and getting out even if it is freezing. 🙂 Claire has propelled me to the heady heights of an inventor and I hate to disappoint you, but this was just an idea that has stayed in my head and not been put on paper!! All’s well with me and mine, how about you and yours? Love Ali x

  7. alison keenan January 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Judy you did make me laugh…. Don’t you love some guys?! And also lovely vote of confidence from your daughter… secretly very proud I’m sure :0 You are right thought, there is a formula, and so long as you have all the bits, you should be OK. Actually my editor bless put both photographs up thinking one was the before and one the after, but the second picture still has a wonky leg….actually I’m not sure I rectified that! Woe betide the person unlucky enough to be sitting on that one! Have a great weekend Judy, and thanks for taking time out to write. I love hearing a snippet of your life.
    Love Ali x

  8. alison keenan January 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Adrian, that’s a challenge if ever I heard one!! And I shall rise to it! 🙂 I was actually 8 months pregnant with Jack when the film came out with Michelle Pfeiffer in it, and my ex had always secretly fancied her. He took Sam to see it and left me at home to nurse my bump! She was gorgeous though I have to admit. Looked like they’d sprayed her costume on though, so doubt mine will be that snug thank Heavens. Have a great weekend, and thanks for your comment.
    Love Ali x

  9. dorothy January 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    HI Alison
    I agree with adrian def catwoman you have the right figure for the costume. What ever you wear you will look good, will love to see photo’s. A few years ago mam got a flat pack small chest draws, she asked davy to put them together NO BOTHER HE SAID, WHEN FINISHED MAM put 2 jumpers in top draw and they fell through to bottom,we just stood looking at him then could’nt stop laughing. You can guess never asked again. ( IF YOU WANT A JOB DOING DO YOURSELF SO THAT WHAT I DO)he does try but not hard enough but still love him. hope sam keeping well and family.
    love best wishes.

  10. Kristina Moore January 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I had Jeremy Brett (Holmes) in top hat and with cane and tailcoat (I think) (you) and Eric Porter (Moriarty) in dark suit and white shirt looking menacing (Colin) in mind when I suggested this. They are in The Redheaded League and The Final Problem. For me Jeremy Brett is as much Sherlock Holmes as David Burke and Edward Hardwicke are Dr Watson. Whatever you go as have a great party. And I hope you all thoroughly enjoy yourselves. I am 47 in less than a fortnight so I am working on catching up!
    I am fine and, until we had a further little sprinkling of snow, was walking outside but will stop again until it melts. At least I have my LegMaster to fall back on. Paul (my husband) did a long walk this morning and then some DIY this afternoon so aches. He used to be a lot fitter than he is now because of walking to work and into town at lunchtime but work moved out of town so now he has to drive.
    Photos of the party please and let us know if anyone does the splits – try stopping Julia!

  11. David Morris February 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    So a significant birthday eh! they do say life begins then!! He! He!. seriously though i had mine a couple of years ago, its not so bad. Sometimes you get to an age when, whilst you should know better, your still young enough to say, “What the hell, lets go for it”.
    As for fancy dress themes i would say with your pins, how about Velma(Catherine zeta jones) or Roxy(Rene zellweger) from chicago? Colin could take Richard Geres role maybe?
    anyway hope you get sorted. take care
    David xx

  12. alison keenan February 1, 2010 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy you did make me laugh 🙂 You mam sounds like my mum…. if you want a job doing well, do it yourself! So far the flat pack chest of drawers have taken the weight of my smalls quite well – although it could be argued that my smalls are pretty small!! I’m liking yours and Adrian’s thinking although it does lead me to thinking of Claire Sutton and her Pussycat Doll outfit….she has many years on me, and I don’t want to look like mutton…. so will wait til costume arrives and then take a pic…heaven help us all lol 🙂 Love ali xx

  13. alison keenan February 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Tina – this sounds like a masterstroke! and reminds me of the film with Julia Andrews in it, where she dressed as a chap! Can’t remember the title but I think it was pretty well received! I hope you have a fab birthday in a couple of weeks = don’t work too hard on catching up. I’d love to be 47 again! Jack’s birthday tomorrow and then Sam’s on March 10th – he’ll be 21. Actually you talking of the top hat and tails reminds me of a QVC party where I swapped outfits with one of the producers…. we may have some film of it somewhere! See if I can fish it out. It was a hoot 🙂 Glad your legmaster is working for you and I do hope Paul feels better soon. Warm bath with Elemis Muscle Soak will help 🙂 I will have plenty of photos of the party of course – will have to prime Julia for her party piece though. Take care and thanks as always for keeping in touch. Love ali xx

  14. alison keenan February 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    David I love your outlook on life – a man after my own heart! And clearly someone who loves the same kind of entertainment! I’ve seen Chicago four times at the theatre and umpteen times on DVD. Love Renee Zelwegger as Roxy but did think Catherine Zeta Jones very much deserved her Oscar as Velma 🙂 Very flattered you think I’d look good as either, and I’m sure Colin would LOVE to be the Billy Flynn character….! Thanks so much for your suggestions and I will of course keep you in touch with my choice. Love ali x

  15. Kristina Moore February 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    I think the film you are talking about is Victor Victoria. She made a very good gentleman. Have a great time and I hope Jack and Sam have great birthdays.
    Hugs to all

  16. alison keenan February 5, 2010 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    Bless you Tina, couldn’t remember it at all! Well done you. I’ll let you know what I decide and yes I think Jack’s had a ball and from what Sam tells me he plans to too! Big hug to you too, love Ali xx

  17. Adrian June 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    What happened to the fancy dress party?

  18. alison keenan June 3, 2010 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Adrian, funny you should ask….. I ordered my Cat Woman outfit, but then found the date was double booked with one of my oldest school friends who was celebrating her 50th. She’d only invited three of us, and I would have felt truly mouldy if I’d have chosen the fancy dress over her. We had a ball, and I can always keep the outfit for high days and holidays!!! Ali

  19. Adrian June 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    It’ll be too hot for your catwoman outfit in Kefalonia.Hope you have a great time .

  20. Dia March 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Well done on the flatpack furniture…I still havent mastered that one…get hubby to deal with

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