to think everyone thinks everyone else is going to loads of parties

(66 Posts)
sarahseashell Wed 14-Nov-12 17:47:57

what is this 'party season' of which they keep on about in magazines etc. Is everyone really deluged with party invitations confused I'm quite old and never find myself having to buy loads of frocks and wonder which christmas party to attend etc
<unpopular emoticon>

Euphemia Wed 14-Nov-12 17:49:12

I go grudgingly to one party - my work's one.

One the only thing I miss about working is a christmas do.

stinkinseamonkey Wed 14-Nov-12 17:51:17

I know what you mean! I haven't been to a work "do" in about 8 years! (not because I opt out, just don't have that kinda job, but even back when I did, and when I tagged along to DH's, they weren't that glam anyway, usually a not great meal followed by a spat about splitting the bill at the end of the table then taxis!)

friends don't really do christmas drinks parties either, everyone's busy with getting round all their rellies it seems

its the season where I'm LEAST likely to get invited to christmas parties because everyone just seems extra booked up with family stuff

confused

bedmonster Wed 14-Nov-12 17:53:56

I'm a sahm so don't even get a works Xmas party. We organise a girls night out but I'm usually so skint from buying everyone else presents that I cant afford to get myself a new frock!
I do fondly remember the days of being hectic in December but it was pre dc, and to be honest, they're now of an age where its a pleasure spending time with them, watching a film and wrapping presents in the evenings leading up to the big day.
So while I remember them fondly, I wouldn't change what I have now iyswim.

Selks Wed 14-Nov-12 17:54:22

I'm not.

I shudder at the thought of Christmas parties (particularly work ones)

stinkinseamonkey Wed 14-Nov-12 17:54:59

and I've never known anyone to "snog the boss", or anyone "from accounts" at their work do either!

Autumn12 Wed 14-Nov-12 17:55:09

Well (not to brag!) I have been invited to 7 work related Christmas functions. It wouldn't look good if I didn't go , and I don't particularly want to go! I'm trying to move house right in the middle of it all and could do without it.

I woudl much prefer to sit on teh sofa in my PJ's eating chips than dress up and make small talk with people I'm not that interested in sad

stinkinseamonkey Wed 14-Nov-12 17:56:08

sorry bedmonster, but I think I was sick a little in my mouth wink. Would be totally possible to do both (if I got invited to any hmm

No invites here at all
Im very unpopular sad

Yama Wed 14-Nov-12 18:01:38

Our work do costs £40 and we've just been told that doesn't include the usual half bottle of wine.

So, with forking out £40 + booze + taxis there's no way I'm forking out for a new dress. No way

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Wed 14-Nov-12 18:01:53

True. What are all those women in the Boden catalogue in the velvet dresses at the bottom of carved oak staircases looking at? Where are they? Why do I not go to these places?

Tis a mystery.

RedGreenRouge Wed 14-Nov-12 18:02:44

Two work ones - I'll enjoy one and be horribly bored at the other. There will probably be various ones held by family and friends, which range between tedium and fun. We'll have to go to them all, though, or upset people.

I used to be very jealous when I was a sahm. Now I do have work dos it's made me realise how rubbish I am at socialising. I'm just hopeless at small talk and feel very blush to be sat there wondering how to get someone to talk to me.

So they aren't all they are cracked up to be. Though that's probably not helpful.

Have you anyone that you can invite to your own party? Even if its just neighbours for drinks and mince pies.

WilsonFrickett Wed 14-Nov-12 18:03:12

YY Mulled. And what of the sparkly handbags? Who is buying the sparkly handbags? Will no-one think of the sparkly handbags?

bedmonster Wed 14-Nov-12 18:05:00

Sorry stinkin, what has made you feel so sick? The fact that i enjoy my time with my dc? confused

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Wed 14-Nov-12 18:37:23

Wilson It is me. I have loads several of them. They squat at the back of my bottom drawer, twinkling quietly to themselves. One day, maybe I will be asked to a Hogmanay party in a Scottish castle with lots of elegant people. THEN we'll see who has the sparkliest bag!

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 18:37:25

Think she was joking.

OldMumsy Wed 14-Nov-12 18:38:50

I have 4 sparkly beaded bags that I have never used. Why? <shakes fist at sky...!>

stinkinseamonkey Wed 14-Nov-12 18:40:42

"Sorry stinkin, what has made you feel so sick? The fact that i enjoy my time with my dc?"

no, the fact that your post implied that enjoying your time with DCs is at odds with enjoying evenings out. How are they mutually exclusive? (apart from financial contraint)

akaemmafrost Wed 14-Nov-12 18:42:30

When I was in the army we certainly had a party season I was pissed from the beginning of December right up to new year, good times grin.

Now, not so much. I always have a big night out with my sister where we wear sparkly frocks, big hair and make up but that's about it.

EmmaNemms Wed 14-Nov-12 18:43:18

Ooh ooh - I have just been invited to a masked ball-type affair with a martini bar by some new people, parents of my son's school friend. I am really excited - he is a professional musician and I think it will be all arty and creative. It's the most exciting invite I have had in a few years!! Other than that, bugger all, apart from a village safari supper which I am organising myself, which promises to be a good night. That's more than enough for me!

Bunbaker Wed 14-Nov-12 18:43:41

I know what you mean. We don't host or go to any parties. We might go to a friend's (underheated) house for a drink or two, but that's it. I wear jeans and a warm jumper. We don't eat canapes or multiple course meals.

I don't know anyone in real life who goes to or hosts parties like the ones featured in magazines.

stinkinseamonkey Wed 14-Nov-12 18:43:56

"What are all those women in the Boden catalogue in the velvet dresses at the bottom of carved oak staircases looking at? Where are they? Why do I not go to these places?"

if such an imaginary works do venue was suggested at anywhere I've ever worked, noone would pay up and there would have been a splinter group to some shite all you can eat chinese buffet that "was really good last year" hmm (no it wasn't!)

and I don't think that anywhere where you can put your profiteroles on the same plate as your rice and spring rolls is worthy of a sparkly bag! sad

blanksquit Wed 14-Nov-12 18:44:53

None for me. I was watching Lorraine this morning and learning about her "little black dress diet" and i thought - no i don't think I'll bother - no black dress and nowhere to wear one.

and I've never known anyone to "snog the boss", or anyone "from accounts" at their work do either! ooh I have. I know quite a few people who changed jobs because of a mistake at the office Xmas party.

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