At Your Service
I am not the biggest fan of costume parties, but that hasn’t always been the case. Like our 20-year-old daughter, I love Halloween and the dress-up that goes with it. There are a few costume-themed charity functions during the year, and one of the biggest is the Child & Family Service Fall Gala.
My wife and I were invited guests last year, and the theme was An Evening Around the World, where guests were asked to dress in ethnic costumes from anywhere on the planet. It was great fun, and everyone was into dressing up.
to a costume shop — but the pickings were slim. I ended up dressing as a Mariachi and my wife as a Senorita.
Our costumes were a hit, although I wasn’t immediately recognized for what I dressed up as. At one point that night, I identity as a Mexican restaurant waiter (see photo below).
This year, for the same gala, my wife and I are hosting a table. The theme is Lights! Camera! Action!, and guests can dress up as their favorite movie, TV or stage character. We decided to put our own costumes together.
She was going to go as the Atomic Blonde (Charlize Theron), and I was going to go as James Bond (Daniel Craig). I know, I know, that’s a huge stretch for me, but since I already had a white tuxedo jacket like he wore in Spectre, all I had to do was get some temporary hair color to make myself blonde.
My wife went to Party City and bought a cheap blonde wig. own clothes and get accessories from our daughter.
She did a dress rehearsal for me, and I was pretty blown away by her resemblance to the movie character, only prettier. OK, that was a blatant kiss-up, but you have to give me credit for trying.
Anyway, I put on my costume, and we decided to show our daughter to see if she could recognize us. My wife walked out and our daughter exclaimed, “Awesome, Mom! You look just like the Atomic Blonde!” Then it was my turn.
Less enthusiastic, my daughter said, “Pretty good, Dad. Are you an old surfer waiter?” email@example.com
The author as a “Mexican restaurant waiter”