Of course, going to a party of new friends throws up two significant questions - who are we going to talk to given that we only know the hosts?? Monopolising them is definitely bad form, and standing in a corner just talking to each other is slightly tragic. Mr G always moans before going somewhere where he doesn't know people that he just isn't that sociable, and can't we do something with people we know?
The reality is of course that he is totally sociable, and started chatting away to two couples shortly upon arrival, and I got chatting to my friend's "new" school friend whose daughter goes to their child's new school, as our children have all now left nursery and gone their separate ways to primary schools. She also knew no-one else, and it also turned out that she was taking a break from working in fashion so we had lots of bonding to do.
The other question is, what to wear? almost even more so than you would normally. Going to hang out with people socially whom you don't know can be a bit like a job interview, in that you don't quite know what's expected of you, and you can't go to casual or too quirky nor too overdressed, in case you raise eyebrows and detract from your hosts, again, not on. It took Mr G nearly an hour to decide what to wear (I kid you not!) - going through permutations of which shirt and which shoes would not contravene the no-suits dress code requested, despite it clearly not being a jeans kind of setting.
He ended up in Scotch and Soda trousers, white Oscar Milo shirt, Oscar Milo jacket and pointy black leather shoes from, yup, Oscar Milo - he pretty much buys all his clothes there (he won't have any pics on the blog, hence just the description, but trust me, he looked pretty cool!). I wore the dress below - it's jade green silk, with cut out panels at the side and some lace detailing on the waistband.
Mr and Mrs G weren't the only ones partying last week - Missy G had a party too, which seems to happen almost every other weekend, and wore her gorgeous Bob and Blossom skirt which was a gift from her godmother and glittery Toms shoes, also picked up on that San Francisco trip.
This skirt has been the standard party outfit of choice since she received. We alternate between this skirt, or a Disney princess dress for fancy dress parties. I am just keeping my eye on how much use we can eke out of this fabulous skirt, before it looks like a cheerleader's rah-rah outfit! I just wish they did it in my size - they have so many beautiful colours, but although I may be petite, I'm not quite that small!