It is fine. So now we leave Thursday instead of Wednesday. We lost a day, but I am OK with that. The kids will exhaust my Dad, so I have to worry one day less.
I am in flux over the banquet...none of my dresses fit I lost a dress size or two) , and my loverly friend and were speaking about this over the phone, and 2 days later, this friend had sent a dress she had at her house, a handbag, and she even surprised me by sending special makeup...
Unfortunately, the dress did not fit my torso. I am broad torso, because I am from good German stock, and am built to pull a handcart out West. Darn, it was cute too.
So I think I can manage to wear a black cocktail dress I purchased for $35 here! (A lesson I learned, never rid yourself of cocktail dresses, because you think you are too big for them, you may shrink) I need to try it one with all of my undergarments etc on, and shoes to see if it can pass. It should. I am not in the market right now for a new dress.
The problem is, it is a banquet, and it is right below the knee, and is a simple sheath dress, boatneck, it appears to be taffeta, there is special detail at the back...hell I have google here, let me look something up.
The expected attire for a reception should be specified on the invitation. In general, the following rules apply:
Afternoon or Early Evening Reception (prior to 8:00 PM)
* Generally informal
* Military women and men: Seasonally appropriate service dress uniform
* Civilian women: Street length or informal long dresses as current styles dictate
* Civilian men: Business suits.
Evening Reception (after 8:00 PM) -Can be informal, formal, following is appropriate:
* Can be informal, formal, or very formal. If informal, the above rules apply. If formal, the following is appropriate:
o Formal (Black Tie)
o Military men and women: Seasonal dinner dress uniform.
o Civilian women: Long formal gown.
o Civilian men: Black tie; tuxedo
* Very Formal (White Tie) Very seldom worn
o Military women and men: Formal dress uniform
o Civilian women: Very formal gowns.
o Civilian men: White tie; full dress evening wear.
OK here is the problem, I have no idea what time the banquet is, I am assuming it is prior to 8pm. I must ask DH if this is formal or not, that would dictate the length of the dress I suppose.
I am starting to get excited about our trip, and am getting ready to make a spreadsheet for my Dad, re: pick up times, city activities, our passes for the museum etc. I should have a couple of things ready in the fridge as well.
They will all eat my chicken noodles...
OK off to was linens, vacuum, etc. etc. etc.
Next time I have the time, and money, and am not rushed by an even I am going to go to Younkers and peruse the formal long dresses and purchase a long black gown, just in case this happen again.
Part of me feels as though this dress is appropriate, I am a traditionalist...