Let me preface this by saying that I know some people find fancy dinners and events to be a drag. However, I believe dressing up ultimately makes everyone feel nice and glamorous- particularly when you’re dressing up for no reason!
While preparing for our trip home this past weekend, my mother informed us we would need to bring something black tie. Being the very lax and chill person my mother is, I was baffled. Did I manage to forget about an important event? A not-so-farfetched possibility. It was a pleasant relief to find out the reason she asked us to pack such items would be for a fancy family dinner. Whoever said you NEEDED to go somewhere to dress up or a reason to cook something really nice and delicious?
I love casual, every day dinner in my pajamas with my family where the conversation usually borders on something(s) inappropriate. But this night it felt like we were going back in time and it was incredible. Imagine Woody-Allen circa Midnight in Paris. Dressed in plain clothes one minute and then in our finest threads the next. My grandfather arrived in a black tuxedo, and my sister wore a vintage black beaded gown. We started the meal with our family “apple salad,” and followed with a 5-bone standing rib roast, green beans, and sweet potato-bacon-brussel sprout mash. All the while, we had pondebonos on the table as a substitute for bread rolls (because they’re gluten free) to sop up all the extra goodness.
Cheering over (bottles of) wine we found ourselves celebrating life and being happy and thankful for each other. No one complained. No one came under-dressed. You don’t always need a reason to doll yourself up or finally wear that fancy outfit you’ve had hanging in your closet. Next time you’re looking a reason to be fancy…just make your own.