Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Prom Pix!

Fiiiinnnaaallllyyyy, some pictures from my epic (if I do say so myself) 80's prom birthday party a couple weeks ago.

My friend Laila and I (our birthdays are days apart) rented an auditorium in an old high school and threw a joint bash complete with punch, rice krispie treats, and awkward grinding to the Eurythmics. We even pulled a Diebold and handed the prom queen election to ourselves. Those fleeting hours wearing a plastic tiara were, by far, the best of my life.

Disclaimer: By being friends with me, you forfeit your right to privacy. Plus you all look hot so don't complain. Thank you.

My friend Katelyn and me. As I mentioned briefly in a previous post, my persona was "insecure Madonna worshipper," so I went with a tight sequin dress, red tights, a black tuxedo jacket with the sleeves rolled up, a pile of religious necklaces, and some seriously augmented eyebrows that didn't come off for two days. Totally. worth. it.

Left to right: DJ's hott date Jenny, Prom Queen Laila, Prom Queen Winona.

Yes, my boyfriend is this cool. Sidenote: Basically every morning, he has a violent fit about how much he hates his hair, repeatedly whacking himself in the head with a comb and yelling, "It wants to be 80's so bad! I'm tired of fighting it!" So this party worked out well for him.

Based on Laila's pose, I'm assuming this one was taken during "Walk Like an Egyptian."

Here my boyfriend and I illustrate a dance made famous by a kid who rode my bus in 8th grade and is now in jail for attempted murder. It is called the shopping cart, and here's a brief step-by-step so you can practice and, ideally, perform it at your wedding:

1. Walk in a straight line with hands out in front of you, as if you are pushing a shopping cart.
2. Stop every few feet, look to the side thoughtfully.
3. Raise your hand to meet your gaze and mime taking a can off a grocery store shelf.
4. Inspect the imaginary can's ingredients (see my boyfriend's pose above for reference) and look at the imaginary price tag. Put some effort into this step, work it, think about it--Do you really need another can of hominy? Could you get a better deal at Costco?
5. Either put the imaginary can back on the imaginary shelf, or enthusiastically toss it into your imaginary shopping cart.
6. Continue walking, repeating steps 1-5.
Note: Music is optional.

A highlight of the night was definitely the dance line (or whatever the hell you call it), when all of the guests formed two lines (it happened surprisingly spontaneously) and clapped while each person rocked some sweet solo moves down the middle. On a related note, does anyone know if it's possible to end one of these un-awkwardly?

Alec and Henry brought sexy back. Way back.

Alcohol was not allowed in the venue (yes, it was that authentic), so some of my besties got to live out their childhood dream of drinkin' in the boys' room. I'm glad I could grant them such joy.

Some photobooth gems:

Bad girls.

My friends Scott and Kelly arrived and proudly announced that they were "sexually active seventh graders." My love for them grew by a thousand percent.

My friend Meg heard it was an 80's party and decided to go as a TI-83 calculator. Lindsay pushes her buttons.

Meg's husband was a Macintosh. I have the coolest friends ever.

My goal was to look as awkward as possible for the whole night. I think it worked too well.

p.s. Rachy we missed you!!


Anonymous said...

SO funny and you and your friends are gorgeous!

Poochie said...

That is freaking hilarious!

Okay, now I want and 80s party! Since my own prom basically sucked.


daddylikeyblog said...

Princess Poochie--
My prom sucked too! This party was basically catharsis for bad high school memories. I really recommend it.

Anonymous said...

wow that looks great,
part from i spy to girls who do not look 80's at the end of the 'dance line'!
but apart from that, some splendid 80's costumes

Ali said...

I believe the correct, un-awkward way to end a 'dance line' is for the final couple to drive down the line in a flying car which takes off, leaving everyone on the ground smiling and waving, just like in Grease. Am I not the only one who thinks that is the worst movie ending ever?
also, the guy dressed as the 80's macintosh is awesome. my fashion designer brain is going crazy and I now want to do a retrospective collection with that costume right through to the iPod era. I have an unhealthy amount of brand loyalty going on here.

echidna girl said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Great pics.

Gemma said...

I think I just fell a little bit in love with all your friends. Seriously.

WendyB said...

Dude, I'm awed by those brows.

Anonymous said...

sexually active seventh graders and the description of doing the shopping cart, which i've done many times, made my day.

Mladen said...

That was a blast, Nick looks awesome in pictures! I love you Nick, COme home!

Selina (Flying Saucer) said...

ooo this is the coolest thing i've ever seen!!! why doesn't every one this?!

Meg said...

hahaha scott and kelly's posed picture was the best.

Mandy said...

This looks like soooo much fun.

Um, can I be your friend? I make delicious baked goods... ;)

CastoCreations said...

Whoa...flashbacks. I would have worn tight leggings with a big baggy sweater and ankle warmers. :)

Anonymous said...


Winona, you are amazing.

Francis Girard said...

I wish I was there - I would have entered on a BMX and worn a big curly red Nicole Kidman wig. xf

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! I wonder - did the dance line happen to the Footloose theme?

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have gone!!!! You look ridiculously fantastic, your boyfriend is the cutest and all of your friends are awesome for not shirking on their costume duties.

My friend Todd once pulled his pants down to show off his Hawaiian underwear when he came to the end of the Soul Train style dance line at our Christmas Party (pirate themed) 3 years ago. It was rad.

Vancouverista said...

omg! this is amazing!
great pictures!

The Mamma said...

Ok you guys look waaaaay too good for the 80's. The 80's of my youth (and nightmares) involved horrid side ponytails, pegged pants, BUM sweatshirts, and those weird plastic things that you used to make your huge t shirt tiny? You know the weird t shirt clip thing? OMG we were dorks.

Didn't every high school have a sexually active 7th grade couple that looked like Scott and Kelly?

Anonymous said...

Best. Birthday party. EVER!

Bekah said...

shopping cart is definitely in my repetoire of extreme dance moves...it's a close second with the sprinkler
I am soooooo jellin (guh, maybe my friend WAS right that her lame substitute for jealous would catch on!)! That is so amazing..I wasn't alive in the 80's...but that's still brilliant. I can only hope that my own prom will be a quarter as fun as that looks. the costumes are hilarious and your friends (and you, duh!) are GORGEOUS...even in corny 80s getups...thanks for the laughs

Anonymous said...

Yaaaayy!!! I was wondering if the poor light would be a problem but these are all fantastic.

I always need another can of hominy.

Anonymous said...

omg, love it! i was planning on having a similar party: last saturday. a rockstar themed party at which we all played guitar hero/singstar/rock band video games, however due to lovely high school girl drama (yay) and pmsing it was cancelled. :) im so happy just looking at your pictures though

Style On Track said...

This looks like so much fun, thanks for taking and posting all of these photos they look so awesome :Dq

Fashion Trend Guide said...

I love the outfits! It looks like you had a blast!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally intimidated by your coolness. And you and your boyfriend? Way too pretty.

Katie said...

haha! AWESOME! if being your friend means crimping my hair and dancing to early Madonna, sign me up!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have gone!!! It looks like you all had an amazing time! Your BF actually looks like so many guys Facehunter photographs who dress like that for real!

Pret a Porter P said...

that's so awesomeness. and are u serious about the shopping cart kid & attempted murder???!!

Elizabeth said...

How absolutely perfect.

Crimzen Creative said...

Fantastic party! You all look
great and very authentic.

Ms. Spinach said...

okay, you win. best. party. ever!

also, i am a HUGE fan of the shopping cart.

Elise said...

On a related note, does anyone know if it's possible to end one of these un-awkwardly?

Only one I've ever seen ended un-awkwardly was at the end of Hitch? Everybody kinda stormed into the dance floor and rocked out...it seemed so natural!

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