Last night me and my crew co-hosted our town's first ever Pirate's Ball on the lawn of a lovely Victorian mansion downtown. Yes, we CO-hosted. We were not alone in this project. I decided to team up with a local non-profit to help make the event bigger, better and more diverse... but things started to get pretty ugly during planning. I don't want to go into much details about all that but I will say we probably won't be co-hosting another event with them. Preesh the help... but not the stress.
Me and our new friend and faire supporter Fred Flores, Jack Sparrow impersonator.
I'm really not a fan of pirate stuff but I know there are plenty of pirate fans out there and we've been wanting to host a more historical fundraising event so I came up with the idea for a Pirate's Ball a couple months ago. Everyone liked the idea so I went with it.
Dr. Scott the Pirate Shantyman, a regular performer at out faire, a huge supporter and all around great guy.
And the Queen's guard in the middle. All I can say is... awesome. Irrelevant, but awesome. His hat looked like a cow had licked it but.... still awesome.
I used to be in this band waaay back before it even had a name. They're good friends and great entertainers.
My husband looking slightly confused.
Donated petit fours!!! FREE FOOD IS AWESOME FOOD!
Here's a friends of mine who's four months prego with her first baby. She decided to bare it all because her costumes and corsets won't fit anymore! I would totally do the same if my belly didn't look like I just got mauled by a tiger.
And of course we had a raffle for three prizes.
Attendance was around 40. Our goal was 100, but there just aren't that many people in this town who are interested in having fun. PLUS there was another event going on that same night, hosted by OUR co-hosts. Yes, our co-hosts held another event on the same night as this one. Why? Good question. Your guess is as good as mine. Like a stated before: we won't be doing another event with them.
Yes! She has a little ship in her hat!
Belly dancers are rare around here. Our original go-to dancer already had plans, the next group we booked had to drop out but luckily before they did they hooked us up with another group. Loving the mermaid themed costumes.
We ended the night with a rather rowdy costume contest that was judged by none other than Jack Sparrow himself.
Now it's Sunday evening and I'm stiff, I'm sore and I'm exhausted.
It took everything I have to get dressed and put on makeup to meet my brother and sister in-law for a Mexican lunch today.
Ah, the ups and downs of planning events...
I love it all!
Our budget Costumes:
Vest - handmade by a friend for free
Shirt- from his Civil War reenacting days
Pants - Etsy
Boots - online renaissance store clearance
Tricorn - Awful $5 hat from local party supply store, stained black with shoe polish to conceal crappiness.
Chemise - Ebay (the only chemise I could find that would fit over my belly)
Leggings - Walmart
Boots - handmedowns
Jewelry and acessories - cheap Ebay finds and gifts