Theme parties are one of my most cherished pastimes, and I do believe that we managed to squeeze in more theme parties and costumes in 2010 than in any previous year. In fact, many people who met me in 2010 have no idea what I actually look like because they only ever saw me "in character." This makes me feel more proud and accomplished than it probably should, but hey! Whatever! I lived the dream! The dream of my inner five-year-old who wants to play dress-up like it's her job.
For the award of "Most Outlandish Costumes Worn In One Year By A Person Who Is Neither A Professional Drag Queen Nor Lady Gaga" that I just made up and bestowed upon myself, I would like to thank my very obliging group of friends and the city of Austin for providing such a theme-party/costume-friendly environment. THANK YOU! *tear*
So, for your viewing pleasure, I present... 2010: A Year in Costumes.
James Bond PartyWay back in early 2010, when my hair was still blond, our friends Nick and Jess threw a James Bond Party. We all had hilarious, made-up Bond movie names, but I am old and senile and can't remember any of them. I think we made use of this Bond Girl name generator, however. Also, I baked blondies for the occasion, and the recipe is still saved on my computer under the title "Blondies. James Blondies." Heh.
Capitol 10KPeople tend to wear way crazier stuff to run the Capitol 10K than our semi-matching, vaguely late-80s/early-90s get-ups. We'll have to get a little more creative this year.
'90s Sitcom PartyI kind of cheated on this one because I was from a movie (though it later became a sitcom!), Clueless. (It was my homage to Brittany Murphy. Poor Brittany! :( )Can you guess the other two sitcom characters with me?
Girlie Sleepover NightI hosted a girlie sleepover night and clothing swap, and my friends Claire and Annie supplied enough mumus so that each of us could wear one for the night. Pajama party! My husband liked to imagine that there were pillow fights and jumping on the bed, but no.
Pirate PartyFor weeks I'd been moping around because the Alamo Drafthouse was throwing an ALL YOU CAN DRINK pirate party ON A BOAT for Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it was 60 bones and I didn't have that kind of booty. I had even entered and lost an online drawing for free tickets, but THEN the Twitter gods smiled upon me and offered me a pair of tickets after the winner of said contest couldn't make it at the last minute. So with less than an hour until the pirate ship left the dock, I called up my buddy Arin and said, panicky, "Can you be dressed like a pirate in 30 minutes?" She could, of course, because part of being my friend means being prepared for spontaneous pirate dress-up opportunities. I don't recall the names of the two wenches between us in this picture, but they were our new very best friends that night. Also, do you like my scary hook hand? Arrrrgh. Thanks to all the free booze and piratey giddiness, I definitely was suffering from a touch of the scurvy the next day.
Buena Vista Social (aka Cuba Party)
An excuse to wear something unwieldy on my head AND drink Cuba Libres? Yes, please!
But Jess definitely took the mojito-flavored cake with her handmade Cuban cigar costume. Viva la theme party!
Yelp's "Puttin' on the Ritz" Roaring '20s Party
Mike and I went to an amazing '20s party put on by Yelp at the Speakeasy (of course, right?). Free food and drinks, a casino, burlesque dancers, strands of pearls, Yelp schwag, and a photo booth, ha cha cha!
And that, friends, is only HALF the theme parties from 2010. Stay tuned for Part Two!