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4 Tips for Hosting a Cosplay Party
May 7, 2015 By Holly Clarkson
Geek culture has no shortage of complex story lines that you can immerse yourself in through the art of cosplay. Cosplay conventions are fun and plentiful, but attending many of them can be expensive. However, if your friends share your passion for cosplay, you can offset some of the costs by simply getting your friends together for lively cosplay parties. Here are four tips for throwing an awesome cosplay party:
Tip 1: Choose a Theme
Cosplay parties can take many shapes and styles and be as broad or as narrow as you choose. If this is your first foray into hosting, choose one subject to focus on. Some common (and fun!) themes include:
- Heroes & Villains: Have your guests choose their favorite hero or villain from any comic book series to come dressed as.
- Anime & Manga: Dress as your favorite anime or manga characters. Make the party more inclusive for friends who are less familiar with the genre by simply requesting they show up in some kind of Japanese fashion, such as a Harajuku girl, geisha or in kawaii fashion.
- Video games: Everything from Zelda to Final Fantasy is welcome.
- Television & Movies: Popular titles like Star Trek and Star Wars come to mind when planning the TV/movie cosplay meet-up, but there are other fanatic fan bases to choose from, as well.
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Tip 2: Set a Budget
Planning an event for a large group of people can be time consuming and expensive. Before you start planning and shopping, make a budget that is reasonable, but will still guarantee your guests have a great time. If you need some help, use an online tool like Evite’s Party Budget Estimator.
To avoid incurring a lot of costs, make the food you plan to serve. Or, host a potluck-style affair, and ask each guest to bring his or her favorite dishes to share. If your theme has a significant culinary culture or heritage, choose food items that fit the bill.
Tip 3: Plan Your Activities
Crowded public events may not be the best place for a group of costume-adorned folks. Take your theme into consideration when planning party activities. If you are in need of some inspiration, here are a few ideas:
- Go to free-admission venues: Parks, museums and art galleries are usually free of charge and will allow you to share your art and passion with the public. If you’re cosplaying a particular video game, you could include a live action role playing (LARP) event as part of the festivities.
- See a midnight showing: Preferably this would be of a new release in the series you’re cosplaying, but it doesn’t have to be. Anything related could be reason to turn up as Flash or Darth Vader.
- Have a karaoke night: Karaoke, originally a social pastime in Japan, is perfect for Asian-themed parties. Many Asian restaurants have karaoke systems and rooms that can be rented for special events.
Tip 4: Add Personal Touches
Add a personal touch with custom-made invitations along with hand-lettered envelopes, hand-drawn characters and logos or stickers.
No matter which fandom you call home, with a little bit of effort everyone will come together to share their love of video games, movies, anime and more.
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