Went to a birthday party at the weekend, it was a great do but nothing posh, just a sports club bar with a little dancefloor, cheesy DJ and cheesy buffet
As we arrived (a bit early to help set up - carrying a large box of decorations) a childhood family friend introduced me to her housemate who stood for ages smiling at me until I realised she was holding out her hand (my view was slightly obstructed by the mahoosive box I was holding). No-where to put the box so I kind of did a funny wiggle with one arm and managed to shake her hand while trying not to drop the box. She then shook my mum's hand and then DD's (who is 11)
Wasn't expecting a hug and a kiss-kiss from a stranger but isn't hand shaking a bit poncey unless you're a blokey bloke or in a business situ?
I hate the whole hugging strangers thing too. Close friends and family is mostly ok, sometimes even needed, but I don;t know why it has to be the case to say bye to someone with a hug!. I am actually very worried about this regarding a horrid situation I am soon to be in, where hugs may be expected (my dc's dads funeral ). I would much rather shake hands too, BUT it does seem a bit strange when people do it at casual events like a kids party!
I do worry with handshakes though that I might do something wrong. However if someone tries shaking someones hand when they are holding a box it would not be surprising if it went wrong, because it is just silly...surely!?