This weekend, I went to Nashville and dressed up like a giant Christmas explosion alongside my husband, brother, cousin, and 25 of her closest friends.
My cousin (Whitney, below left) graduated law school this past week. Whitney is the closest thing I have to a sister, and I've never been so proud of someone. So of course we had to celebrate. If graduating law school doesn't spell C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E, well then I don't know what does.
And what better way to celebrate than with an ugly Christmas sweater party?
My cousin wore a sweater she has had since she was 6.
I can offer you no explanation about that.
And of course, since I like to make stuff, I decided to make an ugly Christmas dress.
What can I say....sweaters are itchy.
I hotglued two tons of ribbon and bows, and turned my favorite little black dress into a walking Christmas present (or so my aunt said).
It was really just a Target dress I've had for 2 years,
so I didn't mind to smash hotglue and tinsel all over it.
(If you're wondering, the bows came from a thrift store and the ribbon and tinsel came from the Dollar Tree.)
Now, I'll admit....it turned out kinda cute.
Kinda cute and very, VERY tacky.
It was also the noisiest dress ever created.
The giant red bow had bells attached. Loud bells.
I definitely had a moment midway through the party where I found a steak knife and sawed off the bells.
Does no one own scissors anymore?!
And as if giant bells on a dress wasn't enough, I also got some jingle bell ornaments from the dollar store and made them into earrings. They were 6 inches long.
I was not the only one dressed up like a crazy person, either. There was tons of red-and-green awesome going on.
However, the best part of the night was making my husband wear a thrift store (womens!) sweater vest with teddy bears, ice skates, and mittens on it.
Can you tell how excited he was?
I made sure he had on a Santa tie in case he 'got hot' and took off his sweater vest. My evil plan totally worked.
I'm 98% certain Jesse wore his tie all night, even after shaking me loose and sheddin' that sweet vest.
All in all, it was a really great weekend, filled with laughter and people I love.
And that makes me happy.