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Costumes – not just for grown ups!

Costumes and fancy dress have become such a big thing for parties these  days as we all indulge our alter egos!

We all love dressing up and none more so than kids.

Mine loved anything sparkly and shiny! The range of costumes for hire for kids these days is truly astonishing and would have saved me hours of sewing what they quickly grew out of!

You can get costumes for babies and toddlers  – 6months upwards which are cute, cuddly and gorgeous.

5-9 year old costumes are the required  fairy, pixie, mermaid, superhero,  pirates,  knights and princess.

The 10yrs+ costumes get a little more sophisticated ( but not TOO  grown up)  as they head to their teenage years, while still being lots of fun.

Costumes really are great for  reflecting the of fun and fantasy of being a kid.


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Chair covers – who knew?


My first introduction to chair covers was joining Hire Things. I’d never even heard of them before that. O f course I got married 15yrs ago so that might have something to do with it…

We had several listed on Hire Things that were being hired out with astonishing frequency. What was this all about? I did some research!

I found that chair covers are used to …

Hide  worn and tired chairs

Add elegance and create an amazing atmosphere

Unify the room and create a complete look that all works together.

Transform everyday rooms ( or beaches) into amazing places!

Well there you go, now I know. My wedding in the very utilitarian local yacht club could certainly have benefited from a transformation!

They certainly make a difference to your venue that table clothes and flowers only start and aren’t just for weddings. You can totally glam up any event instantly by ordering the complete package.


There’s a rainbow of colours available as well as different designs and textures – I’m quite partial to these paua coloured ones myself. You can find the right style to fit for your chairs

Starting from $4 each you can get them delivered and even put on the chairs for you, a bargain!


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Hire a Hunk and liven up your day!

Bored with housework? Had a bad week? Want to add a bit of sparkle to your day or to cheer up a friend? You need to hire a hunk!


Hunks for hire are a fabulous bit of eye candy for those desperate housewives, single girls, widowers or office ladies who want to spice things up around the office, home or garden.

Get the girls together for a glass of wine and enjoy a good old perve and lots of laughs.

As well as looking gorgeous you can hire a Gardening Hunk to cut your hedges, do some weeding, or mow your lawns; a Pool Hunk to clean your pool; a Domestic Hunk to Vacuum, clean windows, car or decking; a Handy Hunk repair the fence, change a tyre or odd jobs around the house and a Chauffer Hunk to drive your girls around town on a pub crawl, keep them in out of trouble and home safely.


You can even get a hunk in costume….pirate, uniform, warrior

Give a friend a birthday present she’ll never forget!

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Costume parties, stuck for ideas?

It’s very cold and gray this time of year which makes
a perfect reason to dress up and to step outside yourself for bit, for the best ever mid winter party!

A costume or fancy dress party is always fabulous fun, with lots of hilarious photo opportunities and great memories.

Conversation is easy with lots of laughs at each guest’s arrival – depending, of course on how outrageous you plan to be!

Stuck for Party Theme ideas?

Jenny from Pieces of Eight Costume Hire has these suggestions

And not forgetting the infamous Tarts and Vicars party as seen on Bridget Jones!

Jenny makes and designs most of her costumes, importing only select garments.

She is particularly proud of the quality and quantity they carry, including hats, wigs and accessories.

Every kind of costume you could imagine available nationwide and in their gorgeous new showroom in Tauranga.

Meet some more of our costume people

Debbie at Alter Egos runs her business online and is so dedicated she was replying to requests while in labor with her daughter, then following bookings from her hospital bed!

She has a range of fun and sexy outfits available nationwide for both men and women.

Sandra and the team at Creative Show Off make it their mission to find you the perfect costume for you.
Their expertise is unmatched in the Wellington area and have a collection built over 20 yrs including costumes from stage and film productions.

When your feeling a bit naughty, Melarie from Wear It Out has an astounding range of sexy costumes for all occasions.
Order before lunch time and get your costume the next day!

Rosie in Palmerston North offers you a beautifully presented collection with excellent personal service.
All outfits come complete with all accessories.

What ever you’re up to and what ever you’re wearing have a fantastic time!
Iona and the Hire Things Team

Stuck for Party Theme ideas?
Jenny from Pieces of Eight Costume Hire has these suggestions

1920’s Charleston,   1930’s Gangsters,   1940’s War Years,   1950’s Rock n Roll, 1960’s Hippy Days,   1970’s Disco & T.V Characters,   1980’s Retro & T.V Characters,   Ancestors,   Animals, Aussies & Kiwiana,   Bollywood,   Book Characters,   Cartoon Characters,   Celebrities,   Christmas,   Countries of the World,   Country & Western,    Disco Fever,   Drag Queens,   Easter, Fairy’s & Goblins,   Fairytales,   Famous Adventurers,   Famous Dead People,   Famous English,   Flying,   Forever Young,   Halloween,   Humorous,   James Bond 007,   Movie Characters,   Murder Mystery,   Musicians,   Myths & Legends, Naughty & Nice,     Nautical/Water Theme,     Pirates of the Caribbean, Professionals,     Rogues & Villains,    Roman/Grecian/Turkish,    T.V Characters, The “P” party,     Letter themed Party ,   Uniforms,    Witches & Wizards …

And not forgetting the infamous Tarts and Vicars party as seen on Bridget Jones!

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Fun Kids Party Idea


If you’re wondering what to do for your child’s party this year – check this out!

New to Hire Things are these Amazing Big Characters. Large life like character costumes you can hire for the day and set the theme for your party.


Costumes come with free party theme ideas like this one

Dilly Dinosaur:  draw big dinosaur footprints with chalk. Or hide little plastic dinosaurs in the sandpit so the kids can dig for dinosaurs. Gather the children into a group, get them to chant for the character “Dilly the Dinosaur… Dilly the Dinosaur!”Dilly the Dinosaur arrives and greets everyone with a wave, shakes hands, cuddles. Dilly the Dinosaur can lead a marching parade and play games.  There are  game suggestions and also the “Dino Pokey.” You could also educate the children about dinosaurs and make it a fun way of learning.


The costumes are made to fit an adult between 5’4″ – 6’1″.  All you need is a volunteer!!

Not just for kids parties these characters are great for promotions and events for  instant attention, smiles, fun, laughter and happiness!
For any age!


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