Derek and I are going to a costume party this weekend. Every year, a couple from our church hosts a costume party in January. Why in January? Because the holiday madness is over. And why in costume? Because when do adults ever dress up? It’s just fun! Everyone is supposed to come dressed like movie characters. The stories of some of the costumes are legendary. (i.e. one of our elders dressed like Braveheart, complete with a kilt and a painted face.)
As of last week, I was thinking of skipping the party. Let’s face it: being pregnant doesn’t put you in much of a “party” mood. Then there was the whole babysitter issue-I didn’t have one, and my normal babysitters had been booked for this night already. Then a friend said we could bring the boys over and share her babysitter. And our other friends convinced us that we really needed to go. Problem solved.
I spent Sunday looking at lists of movies, trying to figure out the perfect characters with no luck. Most of them would be easy for Derek’s costume, but not so much for mine. On Sunday night I came up with the idea to find some good 80’s outfits, and then choose the movie.
I went shopping yesterday with Can’t Buy Me Love and Pretty in Pink in mind. I found the skirt and shirt at Goodwill. Then I hit the mall and found the jellies (on clearance for $1.99! Score!), the earrings, the bracelets, and the leggings. The 80s are definitely making a comeback.
**Side note- any of you with kids need to go to The Children’s Place. All their sale stuff is marked 50% off. I got Connor a really nice winter jacket, 2 pairs of pants, 2 polo shirts, 2 short sleeve t’s, and 2 long sleeve t’s for $44! It was awesome! The jacket was the most expensive item at $10, originally $40. Score!
Anyway, I didn’t do such a good job on Derek’s 80’s outfit. I got him some nice tapered leg jeans (but they aren’t quite acid washed enough for the 80s.) I also got him a paisley shirt, which Derek discovered is actually a women’s blouse that was in the wrong section. And I got him a blazer so he could roll up the sleeves. But it’s double breasted and the liner is a different color so it looks funny. I’ll be heading back to Goodwill tomorrow to exchange a few things.
I am sure there will be pictures of us in our full 80s glory. Now that I have a costume, I am really excited about the party. It’s going to be so fun!