Fancy Dress Parties

Written by Ian Wide

Fancy dress parties have been around since for centuries and were particularly popular in Europe duringrepparttar 16th and 17th centuries. Italy is particularly well known for contributing torepparttar 143332 popularity of fancy dress parties. There,repparttar 143333 masquerade ball reached frenzied proportions. Byrepparttar 143334 time Queen Victoria tookrepparttar 143335 throne much of Europe, especially England, had lost its appetite for masquerade but still had a keen interest in fancy dress parties. The Queen's interest in literature, poetry and history had a tremendous impact onrepparttar 143336 themes for fancy dress parties throughout her long reign.

During a time when Europeans entertained often and lavishly, fancy dress parties were often called upon to break uprepparttar 143337 monotony of what might have been another otherwise boring social event. Almost any notable figure in history and literature was likely to spurrepparttar 143338 imaginations of fancy dress party guests. While characters from literature, especiallyrepparttar 143339 Shakespearean plays, remained popular choices for fancy dress parties throughout much ofrepparttar 143340 century; a quest for increasingly unique and creative costumes began to appear.

Fancy dress parties were concentrated among those who could afford to devoterepparttar 143341 time and money to such lavish events; however that didn't mean that a few peasants didn't make their way ontorepparttar 143342 guest list. Throughout most ofrepparttar 143343 19th century there remained a keen interest inrepparttar 143344 less fortunate asrepparttar 143345 subject for possible fancy dress costumes. This interest was more likely than not spurred byrepparttar 143346 fact that peasant style costumes gave ladiesrepparttar 143347 opportunity to step outside their normally rather strict social codes. While it would have been unthinkable to appear dressed in a ensemble that allowed too much cleavage orrepparttar 143348 ankles to show at any other event; much could be forgiven when inspired by fancy dress parties.

14 Things I've Learned From Country Music

Written by Emily Sigers

1) A man is not a man without a cowboy hat.

2) You won't miss someone 'til they're gone. And when they're gone, they're gone for good. Just warning ya.

3) NASCAR is cool.

4) Lonely is not cool.

5) A dog probably really is man's best friend.

6) Home-wreckin' hussies must be dealt with immediately.

7) The starving artist who got their start playing in honky-tonks will always make it big. Always.

8) Watermelons and apple pies should have their own sections onrepparttar food pyramid.

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