Okay… I better post these pictures before anybody else does! You know what they say… the damage is a lot less if you own your weirdness. Right? I hope so.
I’m just kidding. I’ll totally own what you’re about to see!
My brother Eric just turned the big 3-0 and threw a seriously awesome hillbilly birthday hoe-down to celebrate.
So… what to wear? I mean, my wardrobe isn’t exactly reeking of hillbilly awesomeness. But, determined to play the part (I do love costume parties!) I went to my bedroom and started digging until I came up with the perfect “outfit.”
What’s scary is that everything I’m wearing here is something I actually own. The capris (which I won’t be disrespectful by calling them manpris) were a pair I found at an outlet store and bought without trying them on. They turned out very… ummmm… gay. The shirt, well, it’s actually a very stylish awesome shirt. When it’s buttoned up. But to go along with the overly flamboyant capris, I had to wear it in such a style. The mullet… I don’t talk openly about my huge wig collection. And the hiking boots. Well, you know I love hiking.
Noah’s costume was a little trickier. I let him choose his own wig out of my not-talked-about wig collection and he went straight for the afro. The best I could find was a lumberjack jacket and some army pants, but he felt like a true hillbilly. Especially after he dug out his old Billy Bob teeth.
Anyway, here are the pics my brother and others snapped during the party. Bet you wish you were in our social circle! Enjoy…
And there you have it. The side of me you never knew existed. Though you probably always suspected.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Do you ever have costume parties? Do your family and friends get as crazy as ours do? What’s the most fun theme party you’ve ever been to? (I’m always looking for ideas!) What were your favorite pics today?
SDL’s Quote of the Day
Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie – not perfect but who’s complaining? ~Robert Brault
Fantastic! I loved this post it really made me laugh after an incredibly long day at work! I love fancy dress parties - but no one I know here likes them (or wants to have one) which I don't get any chance to put a dodgy wig on and some fancy dress clothes and i'm there! :D I may have nightmares about your log pic and your dad's scary hillbilly pic come to think of it - but even so it looked like a fantastic day! :)
These pix are great - especially the log piles. Hahah!Along with the other.... Mom, Dad, and the Grandparents are especially awesome for dressing up!
Dan, I loveedddd the pictures....but the pics of your grandpa just took me aback a little. He looks JUST like my grandpa did. I lost my grandpa (at the ripe old age of 89) in 1994. He was my buddy. I miss him. It was just startling to see someone who looks SOOO much like he did. All of that being said, the party looks like it was made of awesomeness and fun and I wish I could have been there! My family had a 70's themed New Year's Eve one year....I am relatively sure no pictures survived. Part of me is bummed, but more of me is happy. LOL
Ha! Awesome. Yeah, my rowdy bunch of friends have a theme New Years every year. My favorite was the "Create-your-own-superhero" theme. You had to have a name, a nemesis, a backstory (how did you become said hero) and, of course a COSTUME! I was The Distractress- I would sneak up behind people, yell something crazy like, "FIRE" and snatch their drink when they had turned. Fun times!
Oh I loved this post. I so wish I was there. Tell Dave how great he works those flowers in every pose. And you mister mullet... haha Sexay! :)
Hahahaha What FUN!!! I may have to host a hillbilly party just for the fun of it! As a family ... we have done murder mystery dinners and dressed as the characters we were assigned. How come I got chosen to be the skanky/slutty one every time??? lol
This really got me laughing, nothing is more attractive than someone who has enough self confidence to show himself in less than flatering situations ! Love it, and you have a gorgeous family !
Bahahahahaha! Those turned out great! That was such a fun party. And congrats, you beat me to posting pics. I'll let it slide this once...
AWESOME! What's the tissue box dance? I gotta get that for my next party (I turn the big 4-0, and my husband will turn the bog 5-0 next year--and we're planning on CELEBRATIONS!
With nearly every log pile picture, all I could think of was, "Draw me like one of your French girls." Which would be more relevant, had I seen Titanic within the past ten years.
Love it! A great time had by all! And your brother's wife's brother's wife would be your sister-in-law's sister-in-law
<i>The capris (which I won’t be disrespectful by calling them manpris) were a pair I found at an outlet store and bought without trying them on. They turned out very… ummmm… gay.<i>
and the problem is??? If they looked foolish, say foolish. If they were too tight, say they were too tight. Please do not equate not acceptable to being gay.
This was hysterical. I now know the next theme for my birthday party next June. Lol. Your father is going to give me nightmares, your grandfather is adorable, and I think Noah and Amelia are just precious.
Lemme see here... a super fun costume party I've gone to would be a "Mafia" party. Somebody came with "cement shoes" made from plaster and paint and he looked very much drowned with seaweed and wet clothes which he routinely drenched with water bottles throughout the night. Super funny. There was a godfather, a few mob molls (mob girls), and wise guys, and all sorts of other things. It was great.
Lol, my favorite party to throw/attend was our Harry Potter Party, right before this last movie came out in July. It was freakin awesome, and everyone had so much fun. Hillbilly is a good idea... I'll have to try that one :-)
Ha! I think your family would be a blast to hang out with! And those pictures of you sprawled across the log pile? Made me think of a bad porno! Not that I would know anything about that kind of stuff... :-)
ok...Why do most of your hillbilly poses look like ya'll are gay? I don't know many gay hillbillies (in fact, I don't know any hillbillies) Secondly, the men in the generaional pictures, the ones on the bench, are they real? They look fake.
BEST EVER! I think it's awesome that the whole family is up for silliness. Even G-pa. The first lesson in life should always be how to NOT take ourselves so seriously. Thanks for the smiles! Keep up your awesomeness!
I can see you had to plan ahead for this event and not shave for a week, maybe 2? Can I also point out that Dave needs to work on his beer belly to pull off the TOO TIGHT T-SHIRT look. Perhaps you can help him prepare for the next hoe-down in advance? As for the nightmares, I think I will have them about your dad. I really will.
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the pics. Your dad looks like Billy Hill of "Billy Hill and the Hill Billies" at Disney in Anaheim, CA. Only question is... isn't it "HOE-down"??? I'd hate to think you were partying with "hos"... lol....
@RachelSalaun Wait, "less than flattering?" LOL. Which one? Now I'm hurt.
@tomiannie That's a first for me!
@jennwright It's fun! Fill an empty tissue box with ping pong balls, tie it around the waste, and hop around until the all your box's balls are gone!
@MikeManchildLilly Haha. Don't tell anybody, but that's one of my faves of all time! I just watched it a month ago cause I had me a Titanic itch. Okay, that didn't sound quite right.
I'm sure it was in humor. If he were to say "flamboyant" or "feminine", it would have detracted from the humor that the simplicity of the word "gay" achieves. Dan doesn't hate anybody, and he certainly doesn't discriminate. Also, he never said that it wasn't acceptable. It simply wasn't his style. And please don't tell me I'm a hater, I AM gay, and at the same time, I can appreciate the purpose of people's words, in addition to the words themselves.
@MikaVirgil My father is giving ME nightmares! ;)
Mafia sounds fun! You should definitely do a hillbilly party. It was fantastic.
@pagetraveler That sounds fun, especially if y'all are into Harry Potter! I read all the books but just haven't been able to get into the movies. I hear the last ones are a lot better than the first ones though...
@My Tempered Tantrum I think that would put the porn industry out of business overnight.
@tarenwalters Haha. Gay hillbilly. That was my costume for the night. Second, all the guys are real. That's funny that they appear fake!
@tarenwalters gay is a problem why?
@NancyN. Hahaha, I don't know. What is the proper spelling?
@Single Dad Laughing LOL my favorites are defenitely the log piles, you should have a "log pile contest" for everyone, just like the dance videos ! Nothing like sharing moments like these to boost everyones self confidence eh ?!
@MikeManchildLilly@WesleyAlexanderAustin Hey guys, I appreciate this discussion. I have lots of gay friends. Lots of close gay friends. If we can't laugh about certain *funny* stereotypes (which I do all the time with my gay friends) what can we laugh at? Okay, lots of things, but still. I put those pants on and the first thought that entered my mind was... these are gay. Which strangely enough made me love them because I love certain stereotypical gay clothes. :)
@Single Dad Laughing hoe·down-1. a community dancing party typically featuring folk & square dances accompanied by lively hillbilly tunes played on the fiddle.
@Single Dad Laughing PS you can't be hurt, you forgot to read the 1st part of the sentence:" nothing is more attractive" ;)
I getcha. :) I was just pointing out the contrast between his intended meaning and its potentially perceived meaning. Though I'd assume that most (if not all) of Dan's readers would feel the same. The only situation in which this would have me concerned is if it was a person's first time reading Dan's writing, and the person wasn't quite familiar with his voice yet. *Shrug*
@Single Dad Laughing@MikeManchildLilly I personally often refer to myself as a 'tranny fag' so I'm generally not one to go off the deep end about potentially offensive language. My only concern is although Dan (and I hope most/all of his regular readers) doesn't seem the homophobic type, it's good to be aware of language that could be seen as homophobic or, worse yet, be used to support someone in their homophobia.
that's just the $0.02 from the tranny fag ;)