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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Long Live The 80's!

My fabulous friend, Colleen turned 40 on Saturday and threw herself an 80's-style prom party. It was an absolute blast!!

Everyone dressed up! There was lots of neon, lace, big bows, arms full of bracelets, skinny ties, flipped up collars, leg warmers and pearls. Even the 80's cover band, that provided enough dance music to last a lifetime, Orange County's own, Tijuana Dogs got into the spirit.

All of my girlfriends and I have been fretting about our "prom" attire for months and it turned out for many, Ebay was the way to go. Who knew? I, on the other hand, being the pack rat that I am still have my prom dress! With a little alteration to the bust line, I wore it! Crazy, huh?! I couldn't believe it still fit either. Or that I even kept it!

I tried to mimic my 80's hair style: big and curly and make-up: blue eyeliner and mascara. Although naturally curly, my hair doesn't quite take a curl like it used to. Even with half a bottle of mousse.

The cast of characters may have changed, hopefully we are all a little wiser. There were way more beer bellies, wedding rings and crow's feet this time around, but the music is still the same, my friends make the world a better place and I found myself wishing the party would last
All Night Long, just like I did at my high school Senior prom.

THENMy prom date was my boyfriend at the time. He had just given me the watch I'm wearing as a graduation present. Lovely gift, but looks so out of place now.

NOW Colleen and I and our rad dates.

The birthday girl and Matt, the Tijuana Dogs lead singer.

Does this pose look familiar?

Feels just like 1988!

The totally awesome birthday cake!

I must admit, I had WAY more fun at this prom than at my own back in '91. Maybe it was the alcohol or the music, the company or the pure nostalgia of it all, but everyone had a permanent grin on their faces the entire night and my legs still hurt from dancing!

One of the best parts of the whole evening was being dropped off by Todd's mother, who was in town visiting us for the weekend.

She waited up too!

This post is for Wordful Wednesdays and if you want to link up or see some really beautiful photographs, please visit Alicia at A Beautiful Mess and see how she effortlessly turns ordinary photos into a works of art.

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18 Comments:

Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

A couple of years ago I went to a Bachelorette weekend in Chicago and we all dressed up and went to the Awesome 80's Prom - and it was the best girls night ever!
All kinds of impressed that you fit into your dress, and let me be the first to tell you, you wear it even better now!

February 22, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger StacieinAtlanta said...

I miss the 80's!

February 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Hilarious! Two things: One: I would like to fit into my prom dress again. I could a few years ago. Now? Anyway. Two: Your dress isn't all 80's awful at all!

Looks like a fun party!

February 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

This. is. AWESOME! I think I might have to do this myself one day! I love a good party :-)

February 23, 2011 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger Overthinking Mama said...

I love it!!! I had a 80's themed party a few years ago for my bff... Yea. only me and 3 other girls dressed up... out of 25 people. and we had no 80's music. cuz the bff was supposed to handle that. and forgot! lol.

February 23, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Mama Jules said...

I love the pictures and your dress. That looks like a rockin party!

February 23, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Not Just Another Jen said...

So totally awesome. Like for sure!

I love and hate that you could a)fit into your dress and b) that you still had it!

Thanks for sharing!

February 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger WeeMasonMan's Mom said...

This is so totally awesome! And I would say that even if you didn't have an 80s theme going! LOL

Really, how cool is that theme, that everyone went along with it, and that your dress STILL FIT?! What an awesome party and what must have been just an awesome night!

February 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger luckydame said...

What a blast you had! Look at all that neon. Can't believe you fit into your dress. So freakin' wicked.

February 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Scary Mommy said...

That looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!! And, I am so impressed that you fit into that dress. Go, you!!

February 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Looks like you had a blast. I can't believe you fit into your prom dress - you rock!

February 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger amy said...

OMG, not only is that exactly the party I'm planning for my 40th bday, but you're wearing my prom dress! I totally wore that Gunne Sax (I think it was) navy sequinned strapless number to prom and unfortunately so did Shannon Culver. Sigh... Looks like you had so much fun! Makes me sure this is a good idea... :)

February 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

You look amazing! There is no way I'd fit into my old prom dress. I'm seriously impressed.

February 23, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Tonya, this looked like so much fun! Like you, I still have not only my senior prom dress but junior prom, too....mine were 10 years before yours, though! The styles were long and slinky...pre-Spanx!

What an awesome idea for a b-day party, too! Glad you had fun..loved the pics!

February 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Morgan B. said...

Omg I love all the pics. I love the original one of you in the 80's wearing nylons- gah! I love the look on your boyfriend's face too.

How awesome are you for still fitting into your prom dress? I'm giving you a virtual high five right now.

February 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

So funny! I love the way you all look so happy! It looks like you had a blast and I think you look really good in your prom dress! The photos are excellent! xoxo

February 24, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

How fun. Aww... the good ol' 80s. I'm shocked when I shop now how easy it is to find some of those said items. lol. But the hair will NEVER go back!

February 25, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

That is so cool that you guys did this! What a fun idea. Love that cake.

May 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

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