I have loved every single party I have ever been to, even that lame house-warming with fluorescent lighting and pepperoni slices sweating on paper towels. And even – maybe especially – the elegant cocktail soiree I torpedoed by vomiting loudly out the window while three friends, those gracious Valkyries, held back my hair and sent home my guests (yes, I was the host).
An invitation to a party (such a simple, optimistic noun) launches me into a flight of pleasurable anticipation that lasts for days. What will happen? Who will I meet? What will I wear? Odds are I will wind up cornered by a bore or snubbed by a snob but the potential for magic overrules such risks.
I’ve met boyfriends at parties but also friends. Like Jenny, who materialised several years ago at my annual Eggnog & Fancy as someone’s plus-one. We were magnetically drawn to one another’s outfits (her silver sweater, my op-shop emerald velvet gown) and fell into a long and fascinating conversation. The following year I invited Nikole, an old flame of my brother’s I’d never met, who impressed me by showing up alone to a party where she knew not a soul. Today I count both women among my closest intimates.
I’ll happily endure a thousand more Sunday-morning-afters of emptying out peanut bowls and ashtrays, washing eggnog cups and wine glasses, for the promise of such sparks and long-lasting warmth. KATE BOLICK is the author of Spinster ($27.99, Murdoch Books)
Ralph’s 21st was a night to remember. It was 1975, Supertramp and David Bowie’s Young Americans” boomed and the pool table was covered in booze. The host, my ex-boyfriend Ben, had his custom-sprayed Honda motorbike parked centrestage, more like an object of worship than a mode of transport.
I ended up in the lounge room with his best friend Ralph, the guest of honour. Suddenly Ben was drunkenly lunging across the glass coffee table, grabbing me by the wrist. It’s been fun having you, Jane, but now you leave!”
Having witnessed me flung across the room to the sound of shattering glass, Ralph squared up to Ben but was restrained by friends. Then Ben threw everyone out. He lost a lot of mates that night. I still feel bad about that but,
40 years on, Ralph and I are still together.
JANE CARO is the author of Plain-Speaking Jane ($34.99, Macmillan)
Tis the season to make merry, and in honour of all the end-of-year bashes playing out across the world, we asked writers to recount their most momentous celebrations (eggnog, punch-ups and an SJP sighting included)
The Best Is Yet To Come”, stopping to kiss his wife Ricky.
The painted background was suddenly swept aside to reveal a starry, steamy garden, tinkling fountains and a phalanx of Hollywood-handsome waiters proffering crystal champagne flutes, all under a canopy of enormous Venetian chandeliers, illuminating a dining platform in the treetops.
We gaped with awe, marvelling at the super triple-A crowd that included Martha Stewart, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.
As I made my way up the stairs, my program poked a guest in the arm and I turned to apologise.
Sarah Jessica Parker smiled broadly back at me and we skipped up the last few stairs together. That will forever be my New York Moment. KIRSTIE CLEMENTS is the author of Impressive ($45,
Melbourne University Press) have spent a little more on the drinks and not served my guests bottle after bottle of $10 sparkling. Perhaps I could have warned my neighbours (oops). Or armed myself with a never-ending packet of aspirin for the morning after.
Try as I might, I could never recreate the buzz of that night. I’d crammed 50 friends into a tiny apartment, cranked up Fiona Apple at 2am for a90s karaoke session and didn’t care about the red wine stains on the carpet I’d mortgaged myself to the hilt for. It was never meant to be the best party ever, but it absolutely was.
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