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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So You're Going to a Ball

So way waaaay back in this post, I might have mentioned that Zach and I were able to attend our first military ball here in Hawaii. Oh who am I kidding, I was completely freaking out about the whole thing....for all the reasons I listed in the post above (and probably more). 

Blame it on my introvert-edness or my tendency to worry and overthink, but the whole going to a military ball thing was both something I really looked forward to and at the same time something that I fervently wished would never happen. And then I went to said military ball and it was pretty much the most fun event I'd been to in like....forever and all my worrying was for naught. 

But just in case any of my fellow milso ladies out there have just been asked to go the ball and are feeling just as worried and overwhelmed about attending, here are five tips from me to you. 


1// Find a Friend-- Ok, so maybe if you're really good at talking to people or have already made a few gal pals in your husband or significant other's company, this one could be a no-brainer for you. Unfortunately neither of these fit me so I did what every other introvert-married-to-an-extrovert does. I adopted my husband's pals as my pals. 

2// Eat first-- This is one of those I-wish-we-would-have-done-this things. There are a lot of things going on at a ball before the actual dinner starts and my husband, for one, had a case of the rumbly tumbly's about halfway through the speeches. Also if you're the least bit picky, like I am, let's just say--nobody goes to these shindings for the dinner if ours was any indication. We ended up making a trip to McDonalds after the dinner portion of the ball was over...because obviously what is classier than men in dress uniforms and women in ball gowns devouring fries. 

3// Pick the dress you wouldn't be embarrassed to fall in-- When I was scouring the internets for any and all information on what to wear to a military ball, I came across quite a few do's and don'ts for gowns. So much so that I was frantic looking for something that wasn't too prom-ish, wasn't too revealing, and most importantly wasn't going to make me look like a sparkly purple hippo. Thankfully, I have a pretty fashion-savvy husband and even more fashion-savvy friends and I took to Instagram for the final decision on what I should wear. Unfortunately quite a few of the other women I saw didn't--yes, I'm talking to you, Ms Mini-Skirt. You too Madam Hot Pink Zebra Stripes. Good rule of thumb--if falling in said dress would reveal certain things that even a bathing suit would cover...probably best to find something else. 

4// Follow the cues-- One of my major concerns was doing the right thing at the right time during the more formal part of the ball. The receiving line, the various toasts......hives I tell you, hives. I am fairly certain I babbled incoherently when being introduced to the colonel's wife but otherwise I did much better at that part than I thought I would. A lot of that was finding someone near me who had been to a ball before and copying pretty much everything that person did. Not the best scenario I admit but as a newbie, it's probably the safest choice. 

5// Have fun!-- When it comes down to it, a ball should be enjoyed. The girl gets all dressed up like Cinderella, the boy bears an alarming resemblance to Prince Charming--it's like the perfect fairytale date night. So make sure to take some time to relax and enjoy it!

IF YOU'RE A MILSO, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU'D ADD TO THESE TIPS? OH AND REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION, HAS ANYONE HAD GOOD FOOD AT ONE OF THESE THINGS??

(Don't get me wrong I'll most likely be just as freaked out before the next ball--just do me a favor and remind me of this post when I do, mmm-k?) 



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So You're Going to a Ball

So way waaaay back in this post, I might have mentioned that Zach and I were able to attend our first military ball here in Hawaii. Oh who am I kidding, I was completely freaking out about the whole thing....for all the reasons I listed in the post above (and probably more). 

Blame it on my introvert-edness or my tendency to worry and overthink, but the whole going to a military ball thing was both something I really looked forward to and at the same time something that I fervently wished would never happen. And then I went to said military ball and it was pretty much the most fun event I'd been to in like....forever and all my worrying was for naught. 

But just in case any of my fellow milso ladies out there have just been asked to go the ball and are feeling just as worried and overwhelmed about attending, here are five tips from me to you. 


1// Find a Friend-- Ok, so maybe if you're really good at talking to people or have already made a few gal pals in your husband or significant other's company, this one could be a no-brainer for you. Unfortunately neither of these fit me so I did what every other introvert-married-to-an-extrovert does. I adopted my husband's pals as my pals. 

2// Eat first-- This is one of those I-wish-we-would-have-done-this things. There are a lot of things going on at a ball before the actual dinner starts and my husband, for one, had a case of the rumbly tumbly's about halfway through the speeches. Also if you're the least bit picky, like I am, let's just say--nobody goes to these shindings for the dinner if ours was any indication. We ended up making a trip to McDonalds after the dinner portion of the ball was over...because obviously what is classier than men in dress uniforms and women in ball gowns devouring fries. 

3// Pick the dress you wouldn't be embarrassed to fall in-- When I was scouring the internets for any and all information on what to wear to a military ball, I came across quite a few do's and don'ts for gowns. So much so that I was frantic looking for something that wasn't too prom-ish, wasn't too revealing, and most importantly wasn't going to make me look like a sparkly purple hippo. Thankfully, I have a pretty fashion-savvy husband and even more fashion-savvy friends and I took to Instagram for the final decision on what I should wear. Unfortunately quite a few of the other women I saw didn't--yes, I'm talking to you, Ms Mini-Skirt. You too Madam Hot Pink Zebra Stripes. Good rule of thumb--if falling in said dress would reveal certain things that even a bathing suit would cover...probably best to find something else. 

4// Follow the cues-- One of my major concerns was doing the right thing at the right time during the more formal part of the ball. The receiving line, the various toasts......hives I tell you, hives. I am fairly certain I babbled incoherently when being introduced to the colonel's wife but otherwise I did much better at that part than I thought I would. A lot of that was finding someone near me who had been to a ball before and copying pretty much everything that person did. Not the best scenario I admit but as a newbie, it's probably the safest choice. 

5// Have fun!-- When it comes down to it, a ball should be enjoyed. The girl gets all dressed up like Cinderella, the boy bears an alarming resemblance to Prince Charming--it's like the perfect fairytale date night. So make sure to take some time to relax and enjoy it!

IF YOU'RE A MILSO, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU'D ADD TO THESE TIPS? OH AND REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION, HAS ANYONE HAD GOOD FOOD AT ONE OF THESE THINGS??

(Don't get me wrong I'll most likely be just as freaked out before the next ball--just do me a favor and remind me of this post when I do, mmm-k?) 



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