Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday Madness - Formal Parties

We've all attended a formal party at sometime or another...I used to be a HUGE fan of them, seriously, the getting all dressed up, the hair, makeup, nails and the SHOES! This past weekend the hub and I attended the Navy Ball which is listed as a semi-formal affair. No it is not a black tie event, some of the men wore suits and most of the women wore evening gowns or nice cocktail dresses. We had a wonderful time, yet there are a few things about the evening that caught my eye...

1. Semi-formal - obviously this is left open to interpretation, but there is ALWAYS one woman there who is dressed out of place. I don't mean in the usual, over dressed kind of way, but more of the 'cheap' slightly shorter than the rest, too tight kind of way.
This one was 'booty' short, lime green cut down to there...cute dress, just for the wrong occasion.

2. Music - it never fails the music that gets the biggest crowd going is a line dance.
Picture the scene in 13 going on 30 where Jennifer Garner decided to liven up the dreadful party with Thriller...everyone comes out to dance...yep, that was it. A bunch of old white guys and their very young wives doing group dances like that. Quite comical.

3. Food - Formal events are typically a more expensive luxury in life. Why is it then that the food portions are always so small?
I'm not saying that is wasn't good (I've had both, good and bad food) it's just that I spend good money to attend and most often stop for fast food on the way home because I am still hungry.

What do you find most interesting when attending formal events?


Anonymous said...

I...don't think I have ever been to a formal party. Well, I went to my Prom and some winter ball thing but I don't think that counts.That's not "grown-up" and besides, I skipped out on both occasions :P

Oh! There was this one time that hubby had some work-thing we had to go to and I was told that this was a really big deal. It was semi-formal. I had this awesome vintage evening gown I wore...MOST other women were dressed in evening gowns or cocktail dresses...and then some of them were in fuzzy sweaters with kitties on them and jeans. Hehe.

I skipped out of that event,too and we went to a comedy club and had a great time :)

mommaof4wife2r said...

ok kel...u obviously have a more elaborate life than me. i think my last formal event was prom like 20 years ago or something! ok, not so true, but what others do as 'formal' i would often do as 'semi-formal'.

so, if u wanna host a formal, i am soooo there!!

April said...

I don't think I've ever done a formal but I've done enough xmas parties and weddings to get SO frustrated to see the token guy dressed in jeans. Dude, really? You can't iron and slap on some khakis at least? LOL

Aleta said...

I like to people watch at parties. Or I'm behind the camera playing shutter bug. The only thing I don't like at parties is sometimes, not always, but every now and then the clicks form. It's as though people revert back to high school when in groups.

GoteeMan said...

"C'mon Matty... It's THRILLER!!!!"


J/ (

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I haven't attended a formal ANYTHING in years, and I am very happy with that! It's just not my thing.

Jojo said...

i wouldn't know anything about formal stuff ...but sometimes it seems like at any event, the seating is the most important thing because YOU HAVE TALK TO THOSE PEOPLE

the cubicle's backporch said...

We went to Mr. C's company christmas party last year and the best thing was the free alcohol. (Okay, only two drinks a piece) The food was decent, but the people watching is always the best. There's always extremes!!

Kimmylyn said...

I love a formal party..for two things..

1. I get to buy a new pretty dress. I love dress shopping.
2. I have a night out.

woo hoo..

Busymama Kellie said...

There was a time that we used to attend formal events all the time. It was fun to go but since we're more of the homebody type we're happy to be at home with the kids now. The best part for me was people watching and seeing how everyone was dressed.