Retro Gamer

Our friend Ben had a retro gamer party last weekend. His bachelor pad has two pinball machines, two game machines, and every video game system invented in the last 20 years. We all went over and spent Saturday night reliving middle and high school with Mario Bothers and Rock Band.

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Ben also made chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Yes, I know a boy who makes ice cream. By hand. Be impressed.

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Of course, I decided this party was a perfect opportunity for a costume. Who better than Princess Peach!

This costume was (almost) easier than a toga. You’ll need at least 12 yards of tulle (the more you use, the fluffier it’ll be), gold felt, gold pipe cleaners, ribbon, red and blue glittery scrapbooking paper, and a needle and thread.

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Step 1: Remember that you have a hot pink tee in your closet. Score for only needing to make a skirt.

Step 2: Pick up tulle, felt, pipe cleaners and glittery scrapbooking paper. Find pink ribbon in one of your craft boxes.

Step 3: Spend an hour folding and refolding the tulle until you get it on top of the ribbon. Make sure Daphne is NOT in the room during this process. Tie around your waist and fluff.

Step 4: Realize you didn’t buy enough tulle and pull on leggings.

Step 5: Cut your gold felt in half and cut out points for a crown. Sew the edges together with gold pipe cleaners as a support.

Step 6: Ask Adam to cut out oval gems from the scrapbook paper. Secretly reshape the edges and tell him they look fantastic. Which they did. Sew the gems onto the crown because you didn’t leave enough time for glue to dry.

Step 7: Realize the pipe cleaner isn’t long enough to go around your whole head. Panic briefly. Grab a headband and attach. Be super proud of yourself for ingenuity.

Step 8: Get to the party and see that your friends didn’t dress up except for Toad. Be impressed with Toad. Grab the microphone and rock out with bad karaoke to Rock Band all night.

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