Holiday Parties!

As you have all probably surmised by now, I am a big fan of parties. Especially if the party happens to includes dressing up, good food and lots of friends– I AM SO THERE.

Russ, on the other hand, is not a big party animal. He prefers quiet gatherings or dinner out with a few friends. (Which I also like. In fact, it is hard to think of any kind of gathering I’m not a fan of. Possibly a public hanging– but I’d even consider that if there was a live band. And maybe a signature cocktail.) So anyway, when I got an invitation for a festive Girls Only /Pajama Party/Cookie Exchange at the lovely home of  Homecoming Magazine editor Roberta Croteau, it was totally right up my alley. Not only did I get to dress up, it also gave me the chance to show up with 3 dozen of my Soon To Be World Famous Way Too Labor-Intensive Christmas Cookies and modestly dig my toe in the dirt and blushingly brush away all compliments as I protested that “Those little ol’ cookies were no big deal at all, I’m just so pleased that you think they’re pretty…”

(I purposely neglected to mention that producing those little ol’ cookies kept me up until 4:30 a.m. Monday morning and involved burning the first batch– there may or may not have been some serious cussing going on in my kitchen that night. It was appalling. The dogs still aren’t making eye contact with me.)

The only tiny hitch in my party plans involved the fact that I don’t own a pair of pajamas, which can be a problem if you’re going to a pajama party. HOWEVER– I happened to remember that Sue Buchanan was going to be there and I just KNEW she’d wear something totally inappropriate, so I figured I had a little wiggle room. I dug around in the archives (aka my closet) and came up with a lovely peignoir that I LITERALLY had only worn maybe once– IN 1976! Yes kids, it was actually a part of my bridal trousseau (and if you think I am thoroughly enjoying throwing around “Mad Men”-era phrases like peignoir and trousseau, you are so right.)  Anyway, it is totally foo–foo and ridiculous so of course I further upped the ante by adding strings of pearls, waved hair, red lipstick, big-ass fake diamond earrings and stilettos. Altogether not a bad look for me, I decided.

I was also fervently hoping I didn’t get stopped by the police, because they would have immediately started checking to see if there were any warrants out for an aging retro hooker driving a dented Jaguar.

So anyway, here’s a couple of pictures– Russ took the first one before I left, and the afore-mentioned Sue Buchanan just posted the second one on Facebook. And yes, she IS sporting silky pajamas, curlers and too much cleavage, thanks for asking. I knew I could count on her.

So, tell me– gone to any holiday parties recently you want to share with the class…?

11 Responses

  1. bettyrwoodward

    Stuart says that he’s with Russ although I am probably with you. It sounds and looks as though you had fun. You needed that so I’m glad.

  2. LindaB

    I love parties too! But we don’t have many parties around here in Clio. At least, I don’t think we have many. Maybe they just don’t invite ME! Which I could understand. We all see each other everyday in Walmart anyway, so there’s not much point—-except for the dressing up part. And we don’t like to dress up much.

    I just have to ask you……..did you drive over to the party in your “peignoir”? What if you got pulled over for speeding or something? And they thought you might be a little “under the influence”, and made you do that standing on one foot sobriety test? Wouldn’t you look like a Flamingo……………(but a pretty one that writes well)?

    (Your cookies are exquisite! A work of art!)

  3. tori

    bettywoodward: Yep, I can just see Stuart and Russ sitting by the fire while you and I put on our dancing shoes and head out the door!

    LindaB: I totally drove over there dressed like that!

  4. LindaB

    Well, you’re a brave woman, Tori Taff! And you must be an excellent driver. I, on the other hand, would have been worried.

  5. delightedabroad

    I don’t have any plans for parties – physiotherapy is on my schedule for the next days (or perhaps weeks). :-/

  6. blondie

    Yeah, that would be the night I would lock myself out of the car, or have a flat…
    Delighted, how did the surgery go? Are you recovering well? I guess someone else will have to do the Christmas cooking for you. (What a great master plan!)

  7. delightedabroad

    The surgery went well, everything back in order inside but of course it was pure stress and I have bearable pain (most of the time), a little bit of temperature.
    Oh my, typing one-handed takes definitely more time…

  8. delightedabroad

    Btw, what troubles me is eating. Yesterday I could hardly keep anything “inside” and I didn’t really get back my appetite so far.

  9. JanetB

    Delighted – I had a broken wrist 5 years ago…there are a lot of things that are really much easier with TWO hands, I discovered. Like…I didn’t wear a bra for about 3 months (or more…I milked that one for as long as I could!).
    Hope you get your appetite back asap…and your recovery is smooth sailing.

    Tori…forget the party talk. What I want to know is: Why is it that you don’t own a single pair of pajamas? Is there a phobia involved here? A political stance against child labor? Did you give them up for Lent…and just kept going? Are you allergic to comfy?

    If I have a weakness wardrobe-wise, it’s pj’s. I have way too many, but I just can’t seem to stop myself. I even love the musical. ;-)

  10. Gramma Jac

    Oh Delighted,..I’ve been thinking about you (and praying for you)!!

    Tori, I think you looked very “old-Hollywood” glamorous!!

    In the bra confession topic: I’m still in physical therapy for my broken shoulder and reaching behind me is still hard. I can manage my bra now if I sort of throw it to my left hand–but usually my hubby helps me! He’s been great!

    I almost said he’s been “supportive” but the pun there,..kind of like the “milked” one I noticed but wasn’t going to mention in JanetB’s.
    (Sorry, boobs and bras,..I’m a certified lactation counselor so I just can’t help it!!)(About now small-j jonny is saying “Enough Gramma Jac!!”) :-)

    I think I need sleep!

  11. LindaB

    When anyone in Clio has any kind of “overnight” parties, they are precipitated by an arrest.

    (I wanna live in Nashville!)

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