There are many things that can make a dinner party awkward.
And, when trying to figure out this post, I thought of many personal stories that could easily fit this title.
I’m sure all of us have the same stories. The blind date. Being invited to a dinner party where you’re the only single person. Walking in on a dinner party where you weren’t invited for certain reasons. Only knowing one or two people at a large dinner party and having not much in common with others. Knowing nobody but the bride or groom at a wedding. What about being invited to a formal dinner, only to realize nobody ever told you that and you show up in jeans and a sweatshirt?
It can be rather, well, awkward.
For many reasons, though, I opted not to get into the personal side of things. Not that I am worried about embarrassing myself, rather I think some things are meant to be left for the past and to keep it that way.
Instead, I’d like to go about this slightly differently.
As in what do you do in these situations?
Depending on the person, sometimes it can be downright frighting to be in one of these — or other — situations when it comes to dinner parties.
Are you one to just mix and mingle? Make the best out of it?
Do you find a way to leave?
Do you do your research beforehand and and try and get out of the situation before the dinner?
Just pick away at food so it always looks like you are busy?
I’ve done all of these options.
Though I feel I am pretty social and can talk to most people easily, there are times when it’s just too uncomfortable, for whatever reason. I’ve found ways to leave parties because of this.
If I know these situations can be like this beforehand, I have most certainly found an excuse as to why not to go. I won’t however, make something up. I usually find a legitimate reason I can’t attend as I don’t feel it’s right to say you can’t go for one reason and it not be true.
Sometimes it’s just hard to get out of things though, whether it’s because it’s family or a close friend.
In that case, it’s time to suck it up and go. That doesn’t make it easier, though.
As I get older, I don’t care as much any more. I make the most of situations and look at them as mini adventures. Sometimes it gives me blog fodder, other times it’s stories to relay via mouth.
That or I just say I can’t go.
But in the end, we’ll always be dealing with these situations, no matter how awkward that is.
How do you handle these situations? And what kind of awkward parties have you attended?
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