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A Hippie, A Flamenco Dancer, and A Red-Haired Saloon Girl in a 1960s Western Drama (Or A Traditional Birthday Party)


Skye recently started her quarter-life crisis.

Almost a whole year after my original quarter-life crisis.

She’s such a copycat.

We decided to celebrate her entrance into a calamity-causing age with a party.

And, like every fabulous party throughout history, costumes were required.

(We’re dreadfully strict.)

(Though matching shoes are optional.)

(You’ve got to know where to draw the line.)

(A wise rule of hopscotch that’s seen me through some difficult times.)

(Disregarding my continued inability to jump very long without falling down.)

(That’s my shame which shall remain secret.)

(You won’t tell, right?)



Skye based her ’70s costume on the above orange dress.

Isn’t it fabulous?

It also comes in blue velvet.

But that just seemed a tad too extreme.

Justin based his costume on a movie I’ve never seen.

You’re probably familiar with it.


Jeff experiences parties in a blase, accepting manner.

Monroe the dog can sympathize.

(Monroe is quite sympathetic.)

(His compassion is often overshadowed by his adorableness, but it’s there.)

(You just have to dig past his big, innocent eyes to see it.)


The fabulousness of a party is directly proportional to the number of people touching their faces in photos.

(Statistical verification pending.)


She knows what I’m talking about.


She didn’t like this photo, for completely un-understandable reasons.

As it’s a personal pet peeve of mine when beautiful people don’t like themselves in photos, even when they clearly look fabulous, I’m posting said photo on the Internet.

(On a completely unrelated note, I still haven’t acquired those new friends I was searching for.)

(Strange, right?)


To make up for it, I show you this lovely couch tableau.

Nothing says party like sitting on a couch.

Except for guacamole.

Guacamole is the epitome of celebration.


Anna had left most of her snakes in Southern Virginia, making her head seem tragically lacking in venomous vipers.

Skye took the necessary sight-aversion steps anyway.

She was a Boy Scout in a past life.


Allison was a cowgirl, leading to my newest footwear obsession, boots.

Like most of my obsessions, I’ll probably limit my cowgirl boot craze to casually liking someone else’s, unless I discover the object of my fixation in a discount bin I bump into while out shopping for clean underwear.

(You know, when the laundry’s dirty.)


As I’d only had weeks of notice and plenty of free time, I was unable to come up with an appropriate costume and thus re-used my saloon madam getup from 2009.

This seemed appropriate, as it was a repetition of my 2003 saloon girl costume.

(I just realized I’ve owned that store-bought ensemble for almost a decade and thus must take a moment to reflect on my advancing age and inevitable death.)

(Also known as when costumes get real.)


Had you not really read the middle of this post, frantically trying to figure out Jeff’s costume?

Have no fear, you’ve made it to the big reveal – he’s the Bounty man.


I neglected to spill something, and thus Jeff was unable to fully utilize his new, super-cleaning strength,


{ 46 comments… add one }

  • Life of a Doctor's Wife November 13, 2011, 10:43 pm

    So many great costumes! But the one that makes you contemplate your own mortality is really the winner.

  • Vivian November 13, 2011, 11:47 pm

    What a fun party! I wish I was invited 🙂 Loved your friend’s flamenco dancer costume!!!

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 13, 2011, 11:53 pm

    I think my favourite part of this (and there were a few contenders 🙂 ) is that you casually mentioned early on that matching shoes weren’t required…and then you appeared at the end without any shoes at all. Brilliant!

  • Paul Forster November 14, 2011, 3:23 am

    Looks like a great party with some fabulous outfits. Thanks for the rundown on the occasion. Super photos.

  • blackhuff November 14, 2011, 5:28 am

    I love all the costumes you all wore and I love that you are bare-feet – nothing like it 🙂

  • Stephanie November 14, 2011, 9:28 am

    I’ve never been to a costume party that wasn’t on Halloween. That makes me sad.

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 3:15 pm

      You have the power to change that – throw a costume party!

      (I have faith in you.)

  • imperfectmomma November 14, 2011, 10:22 am

    Random costume parties are awesome. BTW, I will totally keep your secret…maybe

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 3:14 pm

      Is this the beginning of a blackmail scheme?

      ‘Cause I’m open to providing bribes.

  • Jessy November 14, 2011, 10:41 am

    I love the parties you have.
    I saw something that made me laugh and then think of you. It’s a poster that says; “I don’t need to flirt, I will seduce you with my awkwardness.”

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 3:14 pm

      That poster sounds fabulous. I need to print that out and put it on my wall in warning!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor November 14, 2011, 10:47 am

    I have a complete hatred of dressing in costume and so Jeff is my new hero because I am totally stealing that if I ever get roped into such a situation again.

    You should check Tractor Supply (a store that is probably sadly not in your area but which can be found online). I found a pair of cowboy boots there two years ago on sale for only $45 which is a STEAL for such fab footwear.

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 10:58 am

      I can’t even imagine how awkward I’d feel in a store called Tractor Supply. I can only imagine all the customers turning toward me with the knowledge in their eyes that I’ve never owned a tractor. Then I’d be chased down by the angry mob.

      I’m just not sure boots are worth it.

      • Ranger November 14, 2011, 10:31 pm

        Similar in feeling to walking into a plumbing supply store with a picture of the inside of the commode tank in order to get the correct flapper-thing for someone else to install? They can tell, just by looking, that anyone who shops with a picture is an awkward plumber.

        • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:09 am

          Just think, you could have dressed as Mario.

          Now that would make you look like an awkward plumber.

  • SpilledInkGuy November 14, 2011, 11:49 am

    ‘1899’ is definitely one of my favorite Prince songs.

  • blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell November 14, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Your life is just one big series of fun events!

  • Nami November 14, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Thank goodness you cleared up Jeff’s costume. I said “Brawny” but my mother said he lacked the mustache and my mother-in-law had no idea because she ONLY uses Viva…some people!

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 4:29 pm

      Your family members take the Brawny man seriously. Though have no fear – the new and improved Brawny man is mustache-free, so Jeff passes muster!

  • PartlySunny November 14, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Bounty Man. Now that’s a costume my husband could get behind.

  • Whitney Soup November 14, 2011, 12:55 pm

    lol –> or a traditional birthday party

    LOL –> as I’d only had weeks of notice and plenty of free time, I was unable to come up with an appropriate costume

  • Stephanie @ Our Marriage Adventure November 14, 2011, 12:55 pm

    This appears to be the best kind of birthday party idea ever. Clearly I need to step it up from booze and explosives.

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 4:36 pm

      You have explosives?

      Now I just feel left out.

  • Bodaciousboomer November 14, 2011, 12:58 pm

    What fun. I like a good costume party; and sadly most of my friends just aren’t up for them anymore. Back in the 70’s our group used to have have an annual VD party on Feb. 14th. All the guys came as pimps, the girls as hookers. It was great.

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 4:37 pm

      Hey, just go as the only costumed person – then they’ll see how cool you are and get on board!

  • Azra November 14, 2011, 1:27 pm

    So Cool! Really like your dress. And Skye’s boots 🙂

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 4:37 pm

      She borrowed them from my mom, so I’ll pass the compliment along!

  • Michael Ann November 14, 2011, 2:16 pm

    I want those groovy peace glasses that Skye is wearing!!! And the orange dress and…..

  • Skye November 14, 2011, 4:36 pm

    I just realized I let everyone down by not providing pot brownies. I’m sorry. 🙁

    • Megan November 14, 2011, 4:43 pm

      Such a disappointment…

  • alonewithcats November 14, 2011, 5:35 pm

    A copyCAT, eh? I’ve never liked Skye more than I do right now.

    • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:07 am

      Oh, she lures you in…

  • Ashley Sloan November 14, 2011, 6:08 pm

    Oh my gosh I love the costumes and this seems like it was so much fun!!!! I would love to have a dress up birthday party however I know my husband would not want to dress up haha! Oh well. Someday, right?

    • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:07 am

      You can suggest he be the Bounty man – it truly is the laziest of all costumes!

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments November 14, 2011, 8:52 pm

    Love the costumes, I totally agree that costumes maketh the party. Guacamole is good, as is people touching their faces, but what you really need is people in random clothes that you can’t quite work out what they are going as. Bonus prizes are always awarded if the costume would cause a serious discussion should a police officer pull you over on the way too or from the party.

    • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:08 am

      You are so wise – how could I have neglected cop-confusing costume awards?!

  • Pamtastic November 14, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Another successful party that I’m jealous about it…thanks….thanks a lot…

    • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:08 am

      Don’t be jealous, throw your own party – I have faith it’ll be fabulous!

  • Jennifer@browneyedandblessed November 14, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Looks like a fantastic time had by all!

  • jeremy November 15, 2011, 8:08 am

    that seriously look like one hell of a quarter life crisis party haha

  • John November 15, 2011, 8:09 am

    Looks like a truly wonderful time . . . and, yes, guacamole is the epitome of fabuloucity.

    I’m guessing Justin is Hunter S Thompson?

    • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:15 am

      He most surely is. Though I don’t believe he brought drugs with him, so it was quite a lazy impersonation.

  • Domesticated Gal November 15, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I should loan you one of my friends. He does the PERFECT imitation of the ShamWow commercial. And he’ll do your dishes too. EXACTLY the kind of guest you want for all your parties.

    Hmm…I think I just found my next get rich quick idea…

    • Megan November 16, 2011, 11:16 am

      I’m in – but I’ll only pay a flat fee, I have very stringent ShamWow impersonation guidelines.

  • Shell November 15, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Y’all have such fun parties!

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