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This Latino Family Went Viral For Throwing a Costco-Themed Party For Their Son

Is there anything Latina moms love more than Costco? The cult-favorite market supplies its customers with amazing wholesale items at can’t-beat-it prices (let’s be honest–our madres have enough frijoles and arroz stockpiled from Costco to survive the apocalypse at this point). We all have memories of visiting Costco as a kid and stocking up on delicious samples that always tasted better in-store than they did at home.

The love for Costco seems to be an inter-generational, bipartisan experience. Recently a story about a young family throwing their one-year-old son a Costco-themed birthday party went viral after it had everyone saying to themselves: “Why didn’t I think of that?”. The party, which 34-year-old mother of two, Josie Gonzalez, originally shared on Reddit.

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Sebastian and Josie Gonzalez of Canton, Massachusetts recently made headlines when they decided to celebrate their son Mason’s first birthday with a Costco-themed party.

Considering the (non-verbal)age of Mason, it’s safe to assume that the decision to go with a Costco theme was the brainchild of Sebastian and Josie. And according to Josie Gonzalez, the idea was exactly that. “We were honestly just making fun of my husband because that is what my friends and I usually do is make fun of his love for Costco,” Josie told TODAY. “He has always loved Costco.” According to Ms. Gonzalez, Costco is a group activity that the family partakes in multiple times a week. While Josie’s husband takes the children with him to Costco on Sundays, Josie goes on Mondays to load-up on household items.

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One look at the birthday photos, and it’s evident that the family left out nothing when it came to throwing the most authentic Costco party they could imagine.

As for the guests, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy the commitment the Gonzalez family exhibited. “There was plenty of laughter every time someone walked in the house,” Gonzalez told Insider. Guests of the Gonzalez family were supplied with Costco name tags that they could personalize themselves. Some party goers even arrived in their own costumes, wearing Costco shirts, red aprons, and accessorizing with Costco’s signature hairnets. It seemed as if the guests were just as enthusiastic about the theme as the Gonzalez family was. “[Some guests] arrived with bottles of Kirkland wine and liquor, someone even brought one of Costco’s famous rotisserie chickens,” Gonzalez told Insider.

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As for the food, the family supplied their guests with Kirkland cheese, crackers, meatballs, and stuffed mushroom “samples”. The hors d’oeuvres were served on red trays and labeled with signs that mimicked Costco’s recognizable placards. The family even added semi-accurate pricing to the signs. The Gonzalezs also decked their house with a red balloon arch and red and white flowers held in Costco’s Kirkland-brand liquor bottles. The family literally thought of everything.

The Gonzalez family even went one step further, naming Mason Costco “Employee of the Year” with a commemorative collage that displayed photos of him from every month of his life.

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As for Josie Gonzalez, the Costco theme wasn’t just a lighthearted way for her to elaborately make fun of her husband. According to her, Costco holds sentimental weight for entire family.”My husband is obsessed with Costco…he goes to Costco for it all”, she said in a Reddit comment. “He was even in the Costco parking lot in Puerto Rico when he called my dad to tell him he was going to propose to me. Costco is a huge part of our lives, and our son is kind of a huge part of our lives, too, so it just seemed perfect”. As a postscript, she added, “and ridiculous, and we like ridiculous”. So do we!

A brief scroll through Twitter will show you that the Gonzalez family are not the only ones who have an undying devotion to Costco.

The culture of Costco-stanning is alive and well in the Twitterverse.

This person is so addicted to Costco that she thinks of her next visit before even finishing her current one.

There should be a Costco Addicts Anonymous group at this point. The addiction is real.

This person made a very astute observation about Costco crowds around the holidays.

Costco employees should hand out helmets and protective padding to customers at the store’s entrance during the holiday season. It might prevent unnecessary injuries.

Of course, this person made an on-point tweet about how aggravating Costco’s long lines can be.

If there’s one thing the store can work on, it’s line-control.

This person wrote a very relatable tweet about how hard it is to be frugal when you have a Costco membership.

Yes, the point of the store is for customers to save money, but it can be so hard to save money with all those samples convincing you to buy them in bulk.

First Their Food Samples, Now Costco’s Canceled Their Sheet Cakes— What Next The Apocalypse?

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First Their Food Samples, Now Costco’s Canceled Their Sheet Cakes— What Next The Apocalypse?

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Life’s rough for a Costco customer these days.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, card-carrying Costco lovers have faced product restrictions, long lines, and the suspension of food samples. Now the membership-only warehouse has eliminated their iconic half-sheet cakes.

You know. The delicious sugary cakes that have been there for you for every birthday, pool party, and graduation. Even worse? the blow comes right on the heels of July 4th.

Costco quietly put a halt to selling the $20 half-sheet cakes in all of its stores.

The brand has instead been steering to customers toward its 10-inch round cakes and their other baked goods. Outraged customers were quick to spark complaints on Twitter and Facebook promoting the brand to explain in a statement to its Facebook account. “To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments,” Costco wrote on their Facebook page. In a statement to CNN Business, Costco confirmed it’s not selling the half-sheet cakes anymore but has “no immediate plans” to bring it back.

The decision corresponds with recommendations from various US states and health agencies to avoid or prohibit large gatherings amid the current Covid-19 pandemic. Real fans of Costco’s sheet cakes know that they serve about 50 people. And while of course, we know that the store’s decision to promote social distancing is a good one, we still can mourn the indefinite loss of one of America’s greatest comfort foods.

Actress On ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Calls Out The Fashion Industry For Using BLM As A Trend On Social Media

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Actress On ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Calls Out The Fashion Industry For Using BLM As A Trend On Social Media

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Fashion consumers are calling out designer brands for their recent displays of Black imagery on their social media pages in light of the Black Lives Matter protests. Of course, representation is appreciated, but a recent post about “Shrill” actress Niccole Thurman is pointing out that such displays should not be treated as Fashion trends.

In a series of tweets shared with her Instagram page, Thurman held the fashion industry accountable.

Calling out the fashion industry for their past exclusion of Black people and people of color, Thurman tweeted a string of emojis, featuring white faces. Sparsely sprinkled into the white faces were a few images of Black emojis and other emojis representing people of color. Thurman captioned the image writing “every Fashion Instagram page looking like.”

Speaking about the fashion industry’s current display of Black models in their social feeds in relation to the global protests that have broken out across the country in response to the recent death of George Floyd. “Feel like this tweet will get me yelled at somehow, so let me just say I’m GLAD to see more beautiful black women in my feed,” Thurman followed up her tweet writing. “It’s just THEY’VE BEEN THERE. THEY’VE *BEEN* BEAUTIFUL. Why’re brands just now seeing them? Don’t think we’re not going to check in on you a month from now.”

Users on Twitter and Instagram were quick to applaud Thurman’s point.

Many people who saw Thurman’s emoji illustration agreed with its sentiment. “Yeees!! And every goddamn photographer (nature photographer aside) I follow probably frantically searched their picture archive for that one shot of a black model they have to post last week, like “Look! I’m good! I take pictures of black people once in a while!!” a user by the name of @LoveCrimeCat wrote in response to the tweet while another remarked that ‘It’s only a matter of time until they go back to regular programming. I hope not but for some of these brands, it’s all performance.’ 

Another user took the time to lambast the fashion industry for “It’s the truth. Half the time the clothes are cut to fit white model better. The only one who really had more models of color on their runways shows was people like Thierry Mugler before he became Manfred.”

In regards to this story, Mitú has reached out to Thurman and is waiting for a comment.