How to Create a Waiter Costume

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Every restaurant is in need of a great waiter. Whether you tried and simply couldn't carry 4 plates at once or simply never had the chance to try out this in-demand job, you can live out your dream of waiting tables by dressing as a waiter for Halloween. No, you won't have to listen to a customer screaming at you because his soup is not quite hot enough, but you will be able to enjoy the pleasure of wearing a man's tie, even if you're a woman. Be sure to tie it a bit too tight to appease your fictitious crazy restaurant manager. Yes, in order to wear this costume, you best prepare yourself for seeing the insanity of humanity!

  • Get a white, button down professional shirt. If you're a woman, get a man's dress shirt. Borrowing it from a dad, boyfriend or brother is recommended. An Oxford shirt is the best choice, but as long as it's white, crisp and button down, it will do for this costume.

  • Grab a tie! Orange and black are the preferred colors here. If you are borrowing a lot of this costume, ask to borrow any tie that you can get your hands on. Knot the tie securely around your neck. Make sure you button down the collar if you've chosen an Oxford.

  • Pull on a pair of black dress slacks. They should be neatly pressed. Tuck your white dress shirt into the pants. It should look nice, clean and neat.

  • Put on a black apron. It should be long and match the dark shade of your pants. You should put several pens, a wine opener, a crumber and a notepad into your apron. A pen and a pad is a must. Besides, if you're going to be at a party, a wine opener just may come in handy, anyway.

  • Put on a pair of black shoes. These should be non-slip if possible or at least look like they are. Non-slip black footwear is a must for most restaurant workers. You can find these cheaply at store like K-Mart and Payless Shoe Source.

  • Pull your hair up. It must be out of your way so that no strands fall into that delicious food you serve up! You can opt for a bun, a pony tail or a braid.

  • Grab a tray and a bottle of wine as accessories for your costume. While you don't want to carry this around all night, fun props that are believable for a restaurant add to the fun and credibility of your costume.

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