We're THAT family.
The ones at the Renaissance Festival in full costume.
Yes, I own a corset.
Yes, I've worn fairy wings.
Yes, I made Sam and I matching medieval Scottish garb.
And it's a huge outing every year.
We actually attend two: The South Florida Renaissance Festival in February, and a smaller venue called Camelot Days in November where we do most of our shopping. We call it "The Discount Ren Fest" because everything is a lot less expensive. And this last year, there was a portrait artist who did great work for $10 per person!
I had allowed the kids to wear whatever they wanted, so we got some interesting results with Savannah in a Manga wig...
...Thom playing long haired hippie...
...and Sammy full on steam punked out.
We made black and white copies of the portraits in various sizes and I went to work hand coloring them.
Just small touches of shades that matched their true hues on the lips and eyes
I then purchased inexpensive frames from Walmart and packed them up for shipping.
The phone calls we got were awesome.
We also did smaller sets for the aunts and uncles in a triple frame. These were simple, personal, and extremely well received.