Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Fete des Tetes
I’m not particularly a fan of New Year’s Eve. Especially not in the Netherlands, with all the super scary, dangerous fireworks flying around your ears and all.
But when I stumbled upon a dressed-up theme and dance party at the Toneelschuur, we decided to buy tickets for that event.
What appealed to us was that -unlike 95% of all New Year’s Eve parties- this one did not seem to focus on 20-year old’s and the music was more disco and funk than house and techno. AND….and….it was a costumed party with Moviestars as theme.
So, what’s not to like?!
Well, only getting there was not funny. Walking from home to the Toneelschuur and back on that night freaked me out! Loud bangs, the smell of gunpowder…. But thanks to earplugs, a hoodie and a huge shawl wrapped around that hood, I made it! Yay!
Dressing up; yay or nay?
I LOOOOVE dressing up.
Why I enjoy dressing up, you ask?
- I can let my creativity and playfulness run wild
- I’m a fan of ‘more is more’
- Costumes are fantastic ice-breakers, even more so for shy people like myself. That’s why and how we effortlessly struck up a conversation with Holly Golightly and Jep Gambardella (La Grande Bellezza). Aka Emma and Michel. Further down you see me on a picture with her. Imagine my surprise when I discovered afterwards, that she is a blogger, like me. You can read her blogpost about Fetes des Tetes here.
- Dressing up is simply fun!
- You can break out of your daily routines and be different for a short while. Become someone else.
So it’s a YAY for me for sure!
Unfortunately many people (in Holland) don’t like to dress up. I guess they find it silly and ‘too much’.
I found that out when Frits and I organized a theme-party last summer.
Instead of creating excitement and fun anticipation amongst my invited friends, many of them almost did not come because of the request to dress up. Wow, what a bummer that was:-(.
(Thanks again everyone that did come AND that dressed up. You rock!)
Fete des Tetes 2016
It was my first time attending this party, soI had no idea what to expect.
Would the other guests really make an effort to dress up? Would the average age really be higher than at most other parties? Would the music be good and to our liking?
Well, I was not disappointed at all!
More than half of the people was in costume, the music was cool with lots of disco, funk and soul and the crowd was not super young. Thumbs up for the organizers of Fete des Tetes!
If we happen to be in Haarlem on New Year’s Eve in 2017, this party definitely is an option for us.
Only next time we will decide sooner, which will give me more time to create an original, (partly) self-made outfit.
Now our decision was so last-minute, that we could only come up with not very original costumes. I wore a non-descript Charleston-outfit, which I could explain with “…from the Great Gatsby…”.
Frits looked smoking hot in his suit with bowtie and his fancy shoes , personifying James Bond.
Same, same, but different, lah
(Above: a typical Singaporean expression, so a bit of an insider’s joke; sorry;-).)
I never feel bad, when I see somebody else at a theme-party with a similar outfit. How fun is it to gather up two, three or more ‘look-a-likes’ and take welfies?!
At Fete des Tetes I spotted three Holly Golightly’s (Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), several Catwomen, a couple of Batmen and at least three Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp in Pirate of the Caribbean).
And yes, there were three or four Charleston-ladies like myself. Told ya, not very original.
How about you? Do you like dressing up? Theme-parties? Halloween?
How was your New Year’s Eve? Did you have a good time?
Best wishes for 2017, by the way!