Theme parties are a big deal in America.
While there may have been a recession, the Ugly Christmas Sweater industry must have been BOOMING.
Before that, there weren't enough hair crimpers in the world to keep up with all the 80's theme parties.
But why? In my mind, a gathering's goal is to end up as a party. That is the top of the mountain in terms of entertaining. If you are already having a party and then you add a theme, the best you can do is still just be having a party.
And if you are trying to ensure that everyone has a good time, there is a much better way to use the $20 spent on finding a costume.
How about a theme party where everyone brings more booze? If we were to do a statistical analysis of parties, I'm guessing that booze has a greater impact than Dayglo socks.
Or maybe spend that $20 on iTunes so that I don't have to listen to the Black Eyed Peas four times an hour as part of your 'UGLY SWEATER XMAS PARTY MIXXX!!!1!!1!!"
If you are really that serious about throwing a bash, how about a 'Give Everyone $20 Party'? Ever watch Oprah? 'YOU GET $20! AND YOU GET $20!' People would go nuts. Party of the year, no question.
So all I'm saying is that I want you to invite me to your house, give me free booze, only play songs I like and then give me $20.
Otherwise I'm not coming. You can bitch and moan about that, but remember...
NO ONE likes a pity party.
Unless you give them $20.