When you’re an event planner by trade, you know that all of your personal celebrations must be executed with a bang. And when all your major life celebrations line up on milestone years, this is even more essential.
This year, my husband and I celebrated 10 years together, five years married, and both of our 30th birthdays. Aside from what I do for a career, in general we like to show off and ESPECIALLY like to dress up. We’re talking closets full of costumes that are ready to go at a moments notice. Due to all of the reasons listed above, we decided long ago that a themed celebration every five years would be a must.
Why pirates? The costume options are amazing and endless. Since this was our first themed party, we wanted to pick something easy for guests as we slowly trained them into how these sorts of things were hopefully going to go over the rest of our lives. 🙂
My mother-in-law is an amazing seamstress and the crafter behind both our costumes. I’ve always been drawn to a darker, bolder look, so the red, black, and gold ensemble was a natural fit. Everything was sewn by her, with the exception of my headscarf, tights, and coat, and my husband’s coat.
We weren’t stopping at costumes either. I worked with a local vintage rental company to bring in warmer furniture to tie together the room instead of just plain tables and chairs. Lots of wood, lots of leather, lots of bottles, and of course whiskey barrels. We provided plenty of treats inspired by pirate treasures and no pirate party would be complete without a rum punch.
At our wedding, we had done a choreographed first dance (back to that showing off thing!) and it was an easy decision to do another this time around. A powerful way to start the night!
VendorsEvent Planning and Design: Harmonious Union Events • Photography: Abby Park Photography • Videography: Henk Prinsloo Productions • Venue, Bar and Catering: The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club • Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals • Hair and Makeup: Arch Apothecary • Costumes: Regency Fiber Arts