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  1. Debi

    Amazing costume, Hannah! LOL Love the others ones pictured, too. :D Now I’m going to have Fame and Umbrella in my head all night!

  2. Hotly Spiced

    I’m hopeless at organising myself into a costume for a fancy dress party. Always leave it until the last minute and always arrive at the party wishing I’d gone to a lot more trouble (especially when seeing what everyone else turned up in!) I love what you managed to find in your wardrobe. Those are two great looks. But as for the al-foil man – I hope he won a prize!

  3. beti

    hahahaha I couldn’t stop laughing!! I always laugh when I’m at your blog and for me, the best costume was the robot

  4. CheezyK

    So many things to say about the fun and the costumes but I just can’t get past the image of the teeny tiny little fairy spoon you must have been using …

  5. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    That is hilarious. That picture of the guy pouring wine into his enormous bird head cracked me up.

    The costume I’m the most proud of is the one I put together for my “trailer park” themed 23rd birthday party. I actually went out and bought a Bedazzler just so I could jam sequins into an acid wash jean jacket that I’d also decorated with a giant American flag done in glitter puffy paint. Worn over a short silver prom dress, it was the trashiest thing I’ve ever worn.

  6. Jeniqua

    I flippin love you woman!

  7. Anna Johnston

    Alice in Wonderland as a wee pup, Pippy Long Stockings a little later… Love the upturned hair, a snow bunny, a house wife, and a pumpkin! That awkward moment just before you enter the party.., worrying that you will be the only dressed up person!
    Love your outfits, your soooo cool!

  8. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have actually skipped fancy dress parties (although, please note theyu were parties for friends not as close to my heart as Jeniqua is to yours!) because of the challenge of finding a fancy dress costume. I am very impressed with your two-act effort, even if the raincoat had questionable origins ;)

    Also, I love Fame but don’t know Rent. Have I been missing something crucial?!?

  9. Sarah

    Dolly Parton, Che Guevara and a goat!!! I want into this party scene. How wonderful:)

  10. Cindy

    That is some damn fine last minute costume work, Hannah! And truly a thing you love. Honestly I’m a little relieved that your costume was not peanut butter-based, which is where I thought this post was going.

    My personal costume best was attending a party with Michael dressed as a pair of pirates (complete with chocolate coins tied in string bags to our belts, and wigs)… but not just any pirates. Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley from the Monkey Island computer games. Like your musical outfit, it worked on two levels, and we were thrilled when a fellow ’90s nerd recognised Guybrush.

  11. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    3 things: 1) love your costume, you did well indeed. I remember seeing Rent, I think I was in about year 9. I loved it so much. 2) I so feel for you loosing such a valued, jazzy work friend! She seems indeed very awesome. Hugs. 3) Dolly is scaring me. She’s amazing…but also very scary.
    Heidi xo

  12. Lou

    oooooooo I LOVE costumes parties!!! I reckon one of my best was a Jem inspired 80s punk goddess for Viper’s 32nd birthday, ah good times :)

  13. whisperinggums

    It was a hand-me-down, a hand-me-down I tell you.

    As for costumes, you don’t want to know … or, you do know and you know how weak they are, so it’s best to keep the pretence up that there was a fabulous costume sometime in my past.

  14. Lauren

    Not only a bird, but an ANGRY BIRD. My Taiwanese kids would love him.

    That party looks great, and so is your costume. Few can rock the cut-off top.

  15. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Haha no I can’t believe that you don’t have a wardrobe full of costumes! I have a few-mainly for Halloween. Everyone at the party looked fabulous and you all look like you’re having so much fun! Party win! :D

  16. Libby

    Hahaha I love the black bird one!

    I’m so lame, I don’t even bother dressing up for costume parties out of laziness and uncreativeness (is that a word?). I think I should start, though…

  17. Johanna GGG

    Two thoughts on reading this post – firstly I thought you might have dressed up as a jar of peanut butter (or smothered yourself with it but that would be tacky). Secondly I thought well I guess the bird man didn’t snog anyone at the party! As for costumes – I think the two that have been most memorable weren’t mine – one was a placenta and one was a roll of sticky tape and bunch of bananas. Party looks like fun – at least Jeniqua got a great send off!

  18. Kath Lockett

    Hah – love the drinkin’ dancin’ bird man! Who knew those paper IKEA lamp shades had better uses?

    As for you and your yellow raincoat, I initially thought, “Oh she’s going as Ray, a drop of golden sun.” :)

  19. penny aka jeroxie

    OMG! Hilarious costumes. You guys are such a hilarious lot.

  20. Emma

    I’ve been on a massive musical bender lately. Six years separated from theater and I’m finally starting to miss it. I’ve been belting out RENT, Fame, and Aida songs lately, although I’m still sort of sick and can’t hear properly so it’s mostly been an adventure in terrorizing the cat:D

    I’ve taken every chance to see RENT that I could over the years, but in 2009 Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal rejoined the national tour, and what an amazing show! To get to see them, both of whom were my idols for so many years, was really amazing.

    I got to see Fame in London, so that holds a very special places in my heart too. Plus I was in it once upon a time:)

    My favorite costume: Pris from Blade Runner, this outfit without the veil. I did a lot of handstands that day!

  21. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    What a fun themed party! I miss theme parties terribly

  22. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    That looks like a party I’d LOVE to attend!

    PS – Grease is pretty much the ONLY musical whose songs I can stand. I apologize in advance for my severe intolerance to music that disagrees with me. (Really, it’s extreme.) But I promise you’ll like mine. ;)

  23. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    I’m beyond awestruck at that genius bird costume… but also, for the fact you could write the Dolly Parton line! I also want your tap shoes :-)
    I have to admit that when I saw the first picture, I thought you were going to say you went as a jar of Mighty Maple…. which would have been brilliant, if not even more uncomfortable than the bird’s head ;-)

  24. GourmetGetaways

    LOL!!!
    Great story, I loved the Doly Parton look alike ;)

  25. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    That bird costume looks absolutely hilarious!

    One proud costume I did was being John Lennon, letting my hair all cover my forehead, round sunnies, drain pipe jeans, peace T-shirt and a ciggy hanging from my mouth and my partner played a hippy Yoko Ono :)

  26. Theresa

    I had an epic pirate costume one uni Halloween. Also for a super hero party I went as Robin from batman, including wearing a cape and no pants. I was committed, and the second hand shop was well stocked.

  27. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    lol love the costumes! yours are brilliant :) and kudos to the Angry Bird guzzling wine!

  28. hungryandfrozen

    DOUBLE MUSICAL COSTUME? Goes without saying that you lady, are my hero.

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