My next non-wedding event is my birthday party. My official birthday is February 9, but I think we might have to celebrate it in March, given how busy Matt and I are in my actual birthday month.
Last year I had a Birthday Blowout Get-Away into the mountains of Colorado. We cooked and played board games and went snow-shoeing. The year before, we did a random acts of kindness scavenger hunt around Houston.
This year, I'm going to host a Retro Prom. I'll ask my friends to pick the decade of their choice and dress up in formal wear. We'll have cocktails and appetizers at my house while we take photos (I'm thinking of a cheesy, homemade photo backdrop). Then we'll go out on the town for dinner and dancing.
As for my decade, I'm thinking the 1950s with the poofy, short dresses. I'm still in love with the yellow dress. Is that 1950s style? Where can I find a dress like that?
So far, I haven't found anything good. As I was scouring the internet the other night, I had flashbacks to my search for a wedding dress. The same thing happened: I started to get bored.
The truth is, I settled on a less-than-perfect wedding dress for a couple reasons:
- It was inexpensive (we originally budgeted $200, so finding a dress for $20 was a major bonus).
- It was comfortable (it was important to me to be able to fully enjoy and relax at my wedding).
- It was a blank canvas so I could do something to personalize it (like embroidery).
- I bought it at Target, and I'm always skeptical of the labor origins of inexpensive clothes (well, expensive clothes for that matter, too!).
- It made me look bigger than I actually am.
Some people enjoy the hunt for the perfect item of clothing. I just don't happen to be one of those people! Don't get me wrong--I love finding the perfect item of clothing; I just don't have the patience to spend hours and hours looking for it.
Maybe one of you can point me in the right direction? I don't even think I'll be able to squeeze my non-corseted waist into a 1950s dress...