Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ahoy there, Matey!

One of my favorite things about Tampa is that the winter blues never have a chance to begin here. As you begin taking down your Christmas decorations, you must start facing forward and planning for Gasparilla. Gasparilla now takes place over two weekends with a Children's Parade the weekend of January 22, followed by the crazy Gasparilla on January 29th. Virgin eyes should stay away on the 29th! The whole city unites for these fun events and doors are decorated with pirate wreaths and homes have pirate decor. You may remember that I made a pirate cake last year.

As I took down our very dead Christmas wreaths, I happily replaced them with our oh-so-tacky but oh-so-festive Gasparilla wreaths. I started to put away our hot pink tinsel tree until I realized it would look fabulous with beads thrown all over it. I saved last year's beads so that I would have plenty for decorating purposes. The children loved throwing beads at the pink tinsel tree and at our front hall mirror. It is fun to be festive!

While in one of my favorite local stores, Baby Sweet Pea, I overheard some women talking about what they'll wear to all of the YMKG events. I learned that gold is the color to be seen in this year. What fun the ladies will have in choosing their dress for the Captain's Ball and other events!

Of course, I love focusing on what the children will wear. My favorite children's line of all time is called Two Friends. Sadly they have had to retire due to the busy demands of life with children. Thankfully, Mama Henley's girls can STILL wear their pirate dresses from a few years ago! If not, I have been perusing the web for great ideas for your little one to be fashionable at the parade! I'll see you there!


kayce hughes said...

adorable outfits! Any chance you or someone you know would be interested in hosting a trunk show for our women's and children's clothing line?

bevy said...

My boys would definitely be dressed up in pirate garb... with patches and hooks and lots of ARGGGHHH!

Travelbugmom said...

AHOY MATEY! Can't wait to hear more!

Donna said...

Darling clothes! Have fun!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

I LOVE those little outfits, they are just so darling. Now, I'm on the east coast, west palm beach, but have been hearing about Gasparilla...but I have no clue what it is, other than that it has to do with pirates. I'm thinking family road trip for the weekend? Would it be worth it?

Beth Dunn said...

Those clothes are adorable!