WASP-Off! Theme Party
Labor Day weekend approaches, and with it your last chance to wear Summer whites away from the tennis court. If you’re listening to This American Life as you read this; if you know what your grandfather likes to drink; if you often contemplate the probability that other people think you’ve done something wrong? Consider hosting a WASP-Off!
Last year, I put together a battle royale to prove who among my friends was WASPiest — regardless of religious, political, or regional affiliations.
I asked friends to RSVP with the ways in which they’ve disappointed their parents, and prepped a WASP-off costume/inspiration board on Pinterest.
Attire was lawn-party restrained — argyle, pearls, cardigans, Top Siders without socks, an expression of mild discontent.
We had optional competitions for:
Passive aggressive thank you note reading and/or uncomfortable family Christmas newsletter reading. (Acceptable to prepare entries in advance.)
Keeping a tennis ball aloft with a racket.
Best nametag nickname
Turning compliments into slights
I made the trophies by epoxying egg cups onto sugar bowls and marking them with a Sharpie.
I also bought generic trophies at thrift stores and spray painted them white as decoration.
We technically had a No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper Trophy for the overall winner, and a mock gift certificate for therapy, but I’d had too many Pimm’s Cups, and forgot about them.
-Grocery store cake
-Corn on the cob
-Veggie platter with hummus
At the end of the weekend, we formed a secret society, and had a quick bloodletting.
It was just lovely.
More photos on Facebook.
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