Our fancy dress party theme is '2011'. Any ideas?
November 29, 2011 7:51 AM   Subscribe

Our fancy dress party theme is '2011'. Any ideas?

We're going to a New Year fancy dress party, the theme of which is '2011'. So you can come as anything that's been of interest this year - Amy Winehouse, the last space shuttle, Steve Jobs, Rebecca Black, The London Riots... the list is endless, but my husband doesn't know what to go as and wants some funny ideas.

So far he's thinking about going as Thor, Black Swan or a neutrino.

Suggestions can be as geeky/weird as possible but ideally not more than about £40 to buy/make.

I already have mine sorted, so please don't suggest couple ideas for us!
posted by angryjellybean to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think Princess Beatrice (or, indeed, any Royal Wedding theme) would be funny.
posted by methroach at 8:04 AM on November 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

Set up a tent in the middle of the room and "occupy" the party.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:08 AM on November 29, 2011 [15 favorites]

I have no idea how to create such a costume, but maybe something from Tron Legacy?
posted by LaurenIpsum at 8:09 AM on November 29, 2011

Could he go as PIGS? Wear a swine nose, plus some clothing representative of the failing countries, and then carry around a bucket or hat asking for change or a bailout?
posted by I am the Walrus at 8:10 AM on November 29, 2011

Wikipedia generally does a decent job of summing up each year's big events (there's a more UK-centric one as well). The ones that jumped out as ideas for me are:

* Steve Jobs (who passed away this year)
* One of the Daily Mail reporters who were hacking celebrities' phones
* Voldemort (it was the last Harry Potter movie this year)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:14 AM on November 29, 2011

Here's a few ideas, obviously some of these may not be appropriate for your party:
- A twitter hashtag
- Osama Bin Laden zombie
- A nuke plant smokestack (thinking Fukushima)
- A foreclosure sign
- Muammar Gaddafi
posted by machinecraig at 8:14 AM on November 29, 2011

Bonus points on the twitter hashtag if it references the Anthony Weiner scandal. :-)
posted by machinecraig at 8:15 AM on November 29, 2011

Go as Officer Pike and casually pepper spray (silly string) everyone. It's all fun and games until campus police show up in riot gear.
posted by amanda at 8:17 AM on November 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

He should just PLANK his way around the party.
posted by honey-barbara at 8:22 AM on November 29, 2011

Nyan Cat!
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:25 AM on November 29, 2011

Response by poster: Metroid Baby - I'M going as Nyan Cat so that one's a no. But it's a great suggestion!
posted by angryjellybean at 8:33 AM on November 29, 2011

A Muppet?
posted by radioamy at 8:41 AM on November 29, 2011

Pippa's bum.
posted by MexicanYenta at 9:00 AM on November 29, 2011

My boyfriend and I ended up going as faster than light neutrinos for Halloween - he was the neutrino (all in black, helmet, suitcase with stickers for CERN and Opera) and I was light (wrapped up in Christmas lights with reflective clothing for sparkle). I know you said you didn't want a couple costume, but I had figured out how I would make it an individual costume - I would have made a wire hook, probably with a coat hanger, than curved up and towards the back of the helmet/hat, and used the Christmas lights (battery operated) to make a bunch of light at the end of that hook - so wherever you are, you would be "faster than light"

(If I have explained this badly, google finding nemo scary fish - that's the kind of light hook I was envisaging, except going behind not in front!)

Good luck!
posted by unlaced at 10:36 AM on November 29, 2011

"I'm Peter Bishop."
"You don't look anything like Peter Bishop."
"Not in this universe, no."
posted by obiwanwasabi at 6:44 PM on November 29, 2011

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