Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
I’m normally not much for big parties. I like smaller gatherings where I can be sure to talk to everyone and actually have a meaningful conversation.
I had a great time at the Blissdom Canada closing party (link goes to the entire Flickr pool for the conference. Scroll around for the party pics), but between karaoke, Halloween costumes and lots of interesting fellow partygoers, how could I not? It was noisy though so it was hard to talk to people. I didn’t know anyone very well (the joys of partying with people you met online first) so my level of social awkwardness were a little higher than if I had been at a noisy party with people I knew a little better. I hung out with some great women beforehand and I tried not to make myself a fifth wheel, but I’m not sure I succeeded. I hope I wasn’t too much of a barnacle, attaching myself to anyone that would talk to me.
Another big party this year was the one we hosted for Flora’s second birthday (link goes to my earlier post on the subject). We haven’t hosted a lot of formal “events” in our home. We’re more of a “show up and we’ll hang out and have something to eat” family – very casual, no pressure. We live by the “our house is your house” mantra.
We went to a little more effort for this one, since people were driving up just for the party. I think it went well. I’m grateful that everyone was willing to make the effort to drive up to us instead of us driving down to them (the disadvantage of living far away from family and close friends).
Our next big party will be the annual Christmas festivities. It’s not a party as much as it is a family gathering, but a gathering of more than 2-3 people is always a party, right?