Science fiction meets steam! You've got lots of settings to choose from – from historical with British Victorian or American “Wild West” to an imagined future dystopia – or utopia depending on your point of view – which steam power has returned.
You could choose one of your favourite Steampunk books and use that as a starting point – or even allocate characters and reenact it.
Forget the balloons. Instead of going to a party shop, visit some second-hand shops, antique flea markets or your grandad's shed or your grandma's kitchen (or the other way round depending on your grandparents) for old mechanical tools, clocks, watches, scales, mincers, churns etc. Distribute them around the room to set the mood and to give your guests some intriguing things to examine. Heavy fabrics, ribbons or lace can add some tension.
Depending on your setting, you can sometimes use parts of with wild west costumes like corsets and cancan costumes but really anything goes as long as it is dramatic.
So think coats, boots, hats, copper, leather and machinery.
- Jokers Masquerade – A large range of high quality fancy dress costumes and accessories. Based in England with UK wide and international delivery, (excluding U.S and Canada). See their Steampunk costumes.
- Angels Fancy Dress – the leading fancy dress shop in the UK with costumes for every occasion. Top quality costumes, they deliver UK and international. The have a few Steampunk costumes – use their site search for “steampunk” to find them.
As well as general hamming it up, you could organise a few activities to make sure people get involved.
- Show and tell – yep – just like at school. Invite your guests to bring along their steampunk treasures that they've found or made to show off – and even to swap.
- Trivia – always a good one.
- Best or most imaginative costume or accessory