Friday, December 9, 2011

Party Time

So last night, I went to a big party. One of at least five evites I'd received in the past couple weeks, I wrote down the day and time in my calendar, then moved on with life. Not sure if it was going to be a dressy affair or a casual night, I settled on wearing an understated black outfit with a pair of heels that are cute but not too uncomfortable--basically, my equivalent of what Sue Grafton fans will recognize as Kinsey's all-purpose black dress.

Before I even made it inside the building, I realized I should have read the evite more carefully. Event staff were busy inflating a bouncy-house-like cushion around a mechanical bull at the edge of the parking lot. The sidewalk leading the the front entrance was strewn with hay. A small army of barrel-shaped barbecues rimmed the buffet line, which was stacked with paper plates. And then I went inside.

Although in the presence of a totally warm and welcoming crowd, I no longer felt comfy in my all-purpose party outfit. The only one not wearing a cowboy hat and boots, I lamented the fact that I didn't even have a bandanna to wrap stage-coach-robber-style around my neck.

I wasn't the only one who didn't dress to the theme, however. Out of the approximately three hundred people at the party, I counted at least four others (hey, Gina! Steven! Mark! Chris!) who wore normal clothes. And the food was delicious! Next time, though, I'll scroll all the way down, taking time to read the whole evite.

Update: Found some video footage of the party.

7 comments:

Dana Elmendorf said...

Better than going to a cocktail attire party in your jeans. Gah...that stunk.

Cat Winters said...

Ha! Last night's episode of The Office featured a similar scenario. I cringed for the overdressed fictional character, and I'm cringing for you, too. I'm glad the food was at least delicious!

Ara Burklund said...

Dana~Oh, sorry! That sounds way worse!!!

Cathy~Was it the episode where someone's date (Michael's, perhaps?) dresses up as a cheerleader at the Indian party? Love that show!

Cat Winters said...

This was a new one, and it involved someone being told to dress nicely for the Christmas party, and she was the only one in formal attire.

Ara Burklund said...

Ha! I never get to stay up late enough to watch any new episodes. I'll have to catch it online someday. : )

Leslie Rose said...

Darn, it's tough to miss a good jeans opportunity! You probably should have won "Most classy."

Ara Burklund said...

I know, right? I would have been so much more comfy in jeans! Oh, well...