I spent a few hours this afternoon prepping for Thursday’s WIFV 12th Night Party at Gibson Guitar Showroom in Washington, D. C. After trudging to Michael’s for foamcore (isn’t this used at every event sooner or later?), I realized it would be faster to simply frame the poster I have of Queen Elizabeth in one of those clear plastic frames. Alas, Elizabeth is too tall, and the last six inches are dangling outside of the frame. This includes her pale white hands, which are grasping tools of the empire. So, I ask, “Is Queen Elizabeth too tall?” My boyfriend says trim it. I’ve decided to sleep on it before I make another trip to the store.
To the left is a photo of the last Women in Film (WIFV) party that I attended — Women of Vision. The 12th Night Party that I’m helping to host this Thursday is a little less formal. It starts at 6:30 PM on a weeknight, so cocktail or business attire is appropriate. Unless you decide to wear Elizabethan garb in honor of the theme — which is Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, as well as the Feast of the Epiphany.
William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, is a comedy about a cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle,” according to shmoop.com. Known as one of Shakespeare’s most musical plays, it’s the perfect theme for a party at Gibson Guitar Showroom, especially for the close of the holiday season (the twelfth night after Christmas Day, also known as the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany.) Back in 16th century England, Twelfth Night was an excuse to celebrate – think Mardi Gras – and to look forward to feasting, revels and entertainment.
When speaking with my friend earlier today about the party, she told me to make sure I wear pearls. As I sit here looking at Elizabeth — I’ve decided that pearls are out. I’m wearing rhinestones to this party.