Aidan turned 16 on March 29th and we hosted her Sweet 16 Party last weekend.
Before you have any images of "My Sweet 16" and gold-plated Mercedes convertibles or Apple stock options or diamond-encrusted tiaras (I have never seen that show, so I'm totally stabbing in the dark here), you need to keep in mind that Aidan Zielske is of the practical, creative kind. All she wants to do? Host a theme party of her choosing, year in and year out.
This year's theme? Come As Your Favorite Decade.
I present the Zielske family, in all their decaded glory. First up, Coleman Zielske in the 1940s.
Cole was off school the day of the party, so he pleaded with me for a trip to Goodwill and AxMan Surplus. For under $25, we scored the hat, the jacket (and the pants you don't see.) He even went so far as to request a haircut for added authenticity. He is nothing, if not authentic.
Next up, Dan Zielske, coming to you directly from the early 1960s.
The funny thing about this shot? This could be Dan heading to church on any given Sunday. This isn't some ancient sweater that never gets used. I truly believe my husband is living in the wrong decade from a fashion standpoint.
Next up, me, which you've seen in the shot above and as if there were any question as to what decade I would choose. Duh. I was so goth in 1984 for roughly 3 months.
As I was questioning the grey hair and the goth culture and the potential incongruency, Dan told me that grey hair would only make me more goth. Touché.
And last up, the winner of the night, Aidan Zielske, party planner extraordinaire and 60s tartlet, courtesy of web tips for creating sixties-styled hair and the Lula vintage store.
I mean, seriously. Get out, you little Barbarella you.
Be still my heart.
And come hell or high water, this will be our Christmas card photo for 2012:
And yes, I created a digital layout to commemorate this special night in the Zielske family history, because it truly was one of the Best Days Ever.