Husband and I had a fabulous Halloween celebrating with friends at a super silly costume party. We partnered up with my friend Caroline (who is from Canada incidentally) to create the joy that was NAFTA for the evening. She was Canada, I was the U.S. of A. and husband was a charming Mexico complete with maracas!

These costumes were fairly simple to put together. Caroline bought a red dress and tights and handmade the middle portion of the Canadian flag on her sewing machine. She also made little maple leaves for the tops of her shoes and a sparkling headband. I bought husband’s Mexican wear at a local costume store with major plans to reuse the maracas next year. I made my own shirt using a thrifted one I found that day, a roll of red rick-rack, and the most expensive bit was two-and-a-half yards of royal blue fringe for $12. The hat was a steal at the costume store and already had the sequin trim and I found the big flag for $1 on clearance at a local fabric store. I already had the boots and painted my nails blue for a fun extra. The fringe was challenging, but much easier to sew than I thought and was a huge hit at the party. Let’s face it – everything is better with fringe.