On Saturday night the Husband and I are attending a dinner party at his Bosses', Bosses', Bosses' house. It is technically our first "big kids" dinner party and I am more than slightly nervous about attending. Why? Two reasons. One, not only are we are a solid 15 years younger than everyone else who will be in attendance, but, two, everyone else who will there are doctors. Not just doctors, but highly successful and well known doctors. Gulp. Given my two year hiatus from the "real world" and being immersed in all things in the "toddler world" I am thinking that we may not have all that much in common.
To make matters a little more stressful, the couple hosting doesn't drink. Not at all. As in NO alcohol. It is unclear if they will actually be serving alcohol at dinner, and while I can certainly last the evening sans wine (I think) I was left at a complete and total loss for what to bring as a hostess gift. Confession time. I only and always bring wine to a party. I know, I know that is such an easy out but really I just never know what else to bring. This has become sort of a joke between the husband and I, so much so that we attach these tags to the bottles we bring. It basically says, I realize we couldn't be less original, but here is a kick ass bottle of wine to drink while you laugh at us.
Well, I may not know much, but I do know that you don't bring a bottle of wine to a couple that doesn't drink. In fact the dinner invitation specifically says, we don't drink, don't bring wine, which makes me think that I should probably bring something else. I wanted to try to be thoughtful, but as someone who hates junk, any junk, I don't want to clutter up their home. I began thinking that we should bring something small, but nice. Something that I would want.
Enter the Jo Malone candle. I love these candles. I typically only get them for people as "thank yous" when someone does something really special for us, but I think that this will also double as a pretty nice hostess gift. The smell is not too overpowering and I think they are simple enough that they will go with any decor. The added bonus is that they wrap them up really, really, really, really, really nice so it takes the stress out of wrapping, and it makes for a simple and nice presentation.
Ok, hostess gift down. Now if I could only find a magic pill that will make me 10x funnier, 20x smarter, and would immediately instill in me Ms. Potter's rules of dinner etiquette than I will have nothing to worry about. On the other hand if I can just make it 3 hours without once putting my foot in my mouth, I'd be happy to take that too.
Maybe I should bring a bottle of wine too? Except this one will be for me...for the drive home.
Yeah, that's not a bad idea.