Long ago, when I was growing up in a small town in Alabama, the week before Christmas and the week after Christmas were very social times. As a teen and young adult, I attended many functions during these two weeks. You have probably never heard of a “tea dance” or a “sherry party,” but they were very popular, as were afternoon teas, and cocktail parties. I remember attending at least 5 or 6 parties a year during these two weeks.

My, my, my, how times have changed! Maybe some of you still attend cocktail parties, but I can’t remember the last time we got an invitation to one. I know it has been at least ten years ago.

Something that I really miss is attending parties after Christmas. Nowadays, most people do something on New Year’s Eve, but it is rare to go to a holiday party after December 25. In the old days, the “Christmas season” began no earlier than 10 days before Christmas, and continued until New Year’s Day.

I am sure that there are many communities that have other traditions and customs for getting together during the holidays, but in my town, it seems that just getting together with friends for dinner or going out to dinner is the main holiday social activity. Once in awhile, we get invited to an actual party, but it is rare.

That is fine with me. The last thing I want to do is get all dressed up for an office party, or a stand around in high heels and make small talk at a cocktail party.

The outfit I am showing you today is what I wore to a small dinner party with friends. This is about as dressy as I will get this year!

I don’t usually like to show pictures of my rear, but just had to show you what the back of this cute top looks like (ignore the tag ;-):

Whatever your holiday plans are, make sure you dress in something that makes you feel beautiful! You will have a lot more fun if you look nice. Take time to try on a few things and snap some selfies in the mirror. I can promise you that you have something in your closet that will look great if you take time to figure it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear your comments about what kind of holiday activities you plan to attend this year, and what you plan to wear. I am very interested to see if other communities are more party-oriented.

15 thoughts on “PARTY TIME”

  1. That top is gorgeous. And I’m very impressed that you can still wear those pumps!! Regarding parties — post-retirement I’m limited to small family and friend gatherings. Its nothing like the galas we attended when I was employed at a major corporation. We are attending a holiday wine tasting a a lovely local venue used mostly for weddings. I’m still struggling with what to wear. Hoping you or Tania (50 isn’t old) give me some inspiration that I can proudly copy.

    1. Oooh, a holiday wine tasting sounds like a great event! Unless it is a dressy event, I would opt for a pretty tunic with leggings or pants and comfortable shoes if you are going to mostly be standing up. Have fun!

  2. Yes, I remember all those parties. Must be an Alabama thing.
    Somewhere I have a picture of me all dressed up with White Gloves (ha, ha).

  3. No, I’m sorry but I can’t remember where I got the necklace. Most of my costume jewelry is from Cato or Beall’s Outlet.

  4. Hi Susan! I was just thinking that we never get dressed up for parties. I see all the British bloggers talking about the 10 parties they’ve gone to and all the sequins they’re tired of wearing and I think “hmmm…we barely get out of pajamas!” We have a neighborhood Christmas party but it is all jeans and sweaters. My family, with all of our teenagers is jeans and hoodies. Christmas day is just my 2 daughters and husband (perfect, really!) and we are seriously in pj’s all day. I’d love to hear more about those parties in the south though, being a northerner! If you’re feeling verbose one day please write more about them. And you look gorgeous in your outfit! I’ll pop back soon!


  5. Julia, I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to a party where I had to get dressed up. We do go to black-tie charity events once in awhile, but no one I know ever hosts a formal or semi-formal event. I guess we will have to move to the UK if we want to be fancy. 😉 Yes, the parties of my youth are long gone. If I can remember enough about them, maybe I will write post about the old days.

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