18 responses

  1. Maya
    July 7, 2009

    I can vividly imagine…, a bit of visual history for me, growing up and schooling in Zurich,Switzerland, dormitory life is a stranger to me.

  2. Princess Freckles
    July 7, 2009

    Oh, how I wish we such great theme parties in my circle of friends! We did, however, recently attend a birthday party with a Scarface theme (i.e. 80s Miami)….haha it was interesting! I love the idea of a proper Christmas party complete with plaid and mistletoe!

  3. QueenBeeSwain
    July 7, 2009

    this is what I loved about college- theme parties! there is just nothing like one at all! last summer I went to one that some of the rowerboys from my alma mater hosted themed "olympics" one of the rowerboys went as bela karoli (sp?) and I went as keri strug when she nailed her landing with a sprained ankle! the swim team alum guys all wore speedos, we had a crooked russian judge and many many more- oh what fun!


  4. Maureen at IslandRoar
    July 7, 2009

    I love parties, and those sound like good ones. If it's true that it's a dying breed, then I sure hope someone takes it upon themselves to carry on the tradition.

  5. SLynnRo
    July 7, 2009

    I love a good theme party. And also miss the camaraderie of dorm living. But not community baths.

  6. Twenty Four At Heart
    July 7, 2009

    Theme parties are always fun. They give an opportunity for everyone to step a little outside of themselves for awhile and cut loose.

  7. Anonymous
    July 7, 2009

    I must say as a non-WASP, I find this all fascinating. I'm curious about the Cartier tank watch thing. They're lovely, but aren't they easily identifiable, and therefore showy (non-high-WASP)?

    When you see them on most of the "Real Housewives" of various locations, hasn't Cartier lost its cachet? Or am I looking at the 1970s through a 2000 prism? Are they still rare enough to be one of those signaling things to those in the know? They are certainly less flashy than a Rolex. I'm genuinely curious.

  8. Academic, Hopeful
    July 8, 2009

    Every weekend in Oxford involves a couple of themed parties. The English toffs LOVE dress-ups, the boys, in particular.

  9. Jan
    July 8, 2009

    The mention of the scavenger hunt for the fundraiser reminds me of the opening scenes in My Man Godfrey.

    We have a company picnic every summer and host a Christmas party for our employees (at our house, no less) every year. That's about as much as we party.

    Oh, our lives, they are exciting…

  10. inkOBSESSIONdesigns
    July 8, 2009

    Theme parties were the best!

  11. indigo
    July 8, 2009


    yay! i *love* themed parties! i regret not having instigated more during my more party intensive years. my brother is 22 and seems to go to one every week, so his facebook page is densely populated with images of him and his extended crew in chaps, or 60's aqauscutum with black leotards and cigarette holders, or oompa loompa garb or something. we had a "design your own bond character" theme party once….. my favourite ever outfit was emma peel, although jack sparrow for my bf's birthday 2 years ago was awesome…

    i've been planning my daughter's birthday party (october) since about january. can you tell?

  12. class-factotum
    July 8, 2009

    I would be happy to have a party with the theme "party" where when I tell people it's a "dress-up" party, they know that means NOT JEANS, A T-SHIRT AND TENNIS SHOES.

  13. LPC
    July 8, 2009

    The British love theme parties. Makes sense. We High WASPs verge on the British occasionally. Maybe everyone likes them, hence the growing popularity of Hallowe'en? I love kid birthday parties too. And dressing up, on occasion, not in jeans. However, I think the only kind of theme party that would fly with software engineers would be a) Star Trek b) dress as an iPhone app.

    Uh, we didn't have coed bathrooms in 1974. I try to keep an open mind but that one's tough.

  14. {The Perfect Palette}
    July 8, 2009

    great post. thanks for sharing.

  15. the Preppy Princess
    July 8, 2009

    Your mother's scavenger hunt is a hoot Miss Privilege, we can just imagine. And any post with the word parapet is awesome in my book, I *love* that word.

    My the rest of your week be outstanding!

  16. indigo
    July 9, 2009

    dressing as a i-phone app has just become my new fashion maxim. this morning i am channelling x-plane 9; a very calming palette.

  17. Amanda
    July 9, 2009

    Elegies have RESURRECTION, my friend.

    Also? Turrets? *Sigh*

  18. Lindy
    July 31, 2009

    "The British love theme parties." I attended one given by British friends for the marriage of Camilla Parker-Bowles to HRH Prince Charles. The men dressed as Camilla and the women as Prince Charles. So much fun…

Back to top
mobile desktop