Friday, February 22, 2008

Heaven and Hell

This is not a post about theology.

I’ve been invited to a party with a Heaven and Hell theme. Actually, that isn’t strictly true. I was invited to a party, I accepted the invitation and then today, I was informed that it has a Heaven and Hell theme.

I haven’t been to a fancy dress party in ages. I think the last themed party I went to was a Hawaiian themed New Year’s Eve party quite a few years ago, which ended up resembling the last days of Rome in terms of debauchery, except with Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and tropical punch.

It seems rude to go and not get into the spirit of things, but I can’t think of anything to go as other than an angel or a devil. Of those I would probably go with the angel option, mainly because I think I look better in all white than in all red. Good would win over evil on a purely aesthetic basis.

I’ve already got a white dress hanging unworn in my wardrobe and my sister has already offered to send me a halo and a set of wings in the post. This is very much her sort of thing – fancy dress, that is, not heavenly bodies.

But, ideally I’d like to think of something more interesting. But I can’t. So instead I would like someone else to think of something more interesting for me to go as. Any suggestions?

I considered going as Norse god Thor, which would probably just consist of taking a hammer with me. I thought about going as fire, but can’t think how that would work.

11 comments:

northern monkey said...

I don't have a good track record with fancy dress parties and usually try to avoid them.

I also can't think of anything better than your suggestions! I say go with the angel one if only for aesthetics!

I'm a nightmare at these types of things as I don't like the whole dressing bit so end up trying to create an ensemble that is just me in my regular clothes with an added 'themed bit'. This went spectacularly wrong when I did this for a costume halloween party in 1995 around the time of the quebec independence referendum. A like minded friend and I went as Canada and Quebec, which consisted of waving the relevant national flag and writing oui and non on our foreheads in eyeliner. We thought we were really clever until we turned up and everyone else had amazing costumes they'd rented from theatre companies and the like and we just looked deranged...scarred me for life!

Have fun and enjoy your party!

SandDancer said...

Your Canada/Quebec thing is far too high brow!

I also usually go with my normal clothes and accessories too - mainly so I don't feel an idiot en route. For the Hawaiian thing, I made some cardboard pineapples and in a previous effort as a Parisienne (stripey top & beret), I made a string of cardboard onions - basically anything that involves cardboard fruit and veg is my forte.

M said...

Mix it up -- wear the angel outfit but don a pair of devil horns or a tail with it. Let them wonder which one you really are...

Have fun!

Roses said...

You could be subversive and with your white dress and wings, strap on a sword and shield and become a Valkyrie! Warrior women in the Norse version of Heaven. I think they were also servants of the various Gods et al.

Or you go all Matrix in leather etc and say you're an atheist who believes that Heaven and Hell are man-made constructs. Therefore, you are either angel or demon, depending on who you were talking to.

You could turn up in a suit with a copy of the Watchtower, because obviously there will only be 33,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Heaven.

Roses said...

PS. Or, keep the suit, ditch the copy of the Watchtower and say you're a lawyer!

(Obviously, burning in Hell)

cogidubnus said...

Like Roses I find it difficult to visualise you as an angel...Perhaps you ought to vamp it up and go as a temptress!

SandDancer said...

M - good idea on mixing it up.
I was also considering getting black wings and being a fallen angel. This has the advantage of being more practical than wearing white.

Roses - I was thinking about who might be in hell. I was thinking more Estate Agent, rather than lawyer. I do quite like the Valkyrie idea - although I'm not sure anyone at this party will get it. The guests will include the "Loadsmoney" bloke from my post the other week - actually perhaps I could go dressed as him!

Cogi - As much as I might not be angelic, vamping it up really isn't my style and I am the world's worst temptress.

cogidubnus said...

On second thoughts, as it's (sic) (sick?) a "heave and hell theme" perhaps you ought to go in plain clothes with a dressing of diced carrot and tomato on your head...

(sorry!)

How do you mean the world's worst temptress? I remember the trousers photo and you tempted me!

mutley said...

...and October 25th was pretty good too!

(heh heh heh)

SandDancer said...

What trousers photo? I think you've confused me with someone else. Unless my memory has gone as well as my ability to type.

cogidubnus said...

You're quite right...apologies...

I'm probably thinking about the same picture Mutley appears to be referring to (which you posted on 25th October 2007)...