How do you feel about dressing up?
Fancy dress is one of those things that’s a bit like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it.
I knew when I picked ‘burlesque’ as a fancy dress theme for a birthday party a few years back that I was taking a chance – not everyone is as keen as me to dress up for a party in just their pants – but fortunately for me the majority of my friends are exhibitionists, so I had a pretty good turn out.
I was single at the time, and inclined to fill my time with odd projects, so I turned my shed into a cocktail den, painting it inside and out, and fitting it with fairylights and a home-made bar, beautifully crafted from a bookcase and a couple of offcuts. Black lace really does hide a multitude of sins.
For the party I had for ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ I had a range of pirate themed cocktails, and made my own skull and crossbones bunting. My friend Andy went as far as to grow a beard especially.
Perhaps my most expensive party was the one I had to mark my 32nd birthday – an important milestone in anyone’s life. The theme that year was ‘Grease’, and with the help of a hired jukebox, my kitchen became a diner for the evening.
Whatever the occasion, whether it be a full on Burlesque experience or simply putting bin liners on your kids in place of Halloween costumes, I don’t think a person can fail to be cheered by a bit of dressing up.
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