Saturday, October 27, 2007

Damon's Birthday Party - Truly Outrageous!

Always a big fan of a costume party, I was happy to receive an invite to my friend Damon’s 30th birthday surprise party, hosted by his girlfriend, Jen. Since his birthday falls so close to Halloween, a costume party was the obvious choice, and an ’80s theme made it that much more radical – a flashback to everyone’s favorite decade!

Appropriately, Jeanna’s costume this year is Jem from Jem and the Holograms, a truly outrageous ’80s cartoon. As for me, I didn’t think my pirate costume would be quite appropriate – but luckily, I had attended an ’80s booze cruise with Stewart just a few months before and had an awesome outfit prepared, complete with hot pink stretch pants and an oversized t-shirt with a punk rock chick on it. Bright, oversized jewelry and blue eye shadow completed the look.

At the party, Jeanna was joined by here posse Larisa and Vanessa, a.k.a. “The Misfits.” We also ran into our friend Abe, who had cleverly dressed up as an 80-year-old man. “Get it? I’m eighty!” We spent most of the evening going back and forth between the keg and the ’80s dance party in the living room. And even though I love my pirate costume, it felt pretty awesome to spend an entire evening in what basically constitutes as pajamas. I forgot how comfortable those stretch pants were!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pumpkin Carving Party

I have only the fondest memories of carving pumpkins for Halloween as a child, so Jeanna and I figured what better way to celebrate the month of October than with a pumpkin carving party. We invited all our most fabulous lady friends over to our house for some cocktails and carving. We spread some newspaper over our hardwood floors, spread out the tools, poured ourselves some witches brew and went to town.

I just have to say – carving pumpkins as an adult is much harder! I don’t ever remember it being that tedious. Probably because this year I chose a fantastic pattern with a bat and the word “PARTY” on it. As a kid I just did the whole triangles for eyes and a crooked mouth thing. In any event, it was fabulous having all the girls over. I’m loving that our apartment is full of super spooky Halloween decorations, and now that Jeanna and I have our “Party Creepy” pumpkins sitting in our window, our place is appropriately decked out for Halloween.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Angie's Birthday Pirate Party - ARGH!!

I honestly look forward to Halloween all year long, so when I heard that my friend Angie was having a pirate-themed birthday costume party I was thrilled. Last year I dressed up as Peter Pan for Halloween and a couple of my girlfriends were Captain Hook and Mr. Smee – their outfits were pretty awesome and sexy, so I had filed away the option of a pirate costume in the back of my mind for later.

When Jeanna and I went shopping for our regular Halloween costumes at our favorite annual shopping destination, Red Light on Capitol Hill, it was easy to find some pirate costumes to try on, and I immediately found the perfect one. To complete the ensemble I obviously had to acquire a plethora of fabulous pirate accessories – scarf adorned with skulls and crossbones, red and white striped tights, eye patch, sword, gold earrings and huge gold coin necklace, several bling bling gold and ruby rings, and an armful of gold bangle bracelets. And I already happened to have the perfect pair of knee-high black boots. Holla!

For Angie’s party I decided to tone the whole outfit down a little bit – didn’t want to alarm the neighborhood or appear too much like some strangely dressed hooker if you know what I mean. However, jeans and a red top, combined with most of my pirate accessories seemed to come out just about right, and Jeanna and I headed for Belltown as a couple of classy pirate wenches. We got only a few strange stares on the bus.
Once we arrived at Brett & Angie’s apartment, we proceeded to drink as much vodka as possible before heading to Belltown Bistro, where a room had been reserved for us. A few drinks later and the night really started to get rowdy. I don’t think I really have to say much more – the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, I think. In any event, it was a super fun night out with fabulous people – nothin’ wrong with that. I am in love with being a pirate. Argh, matey!