Party Favors

December 2nd, 2009

Party Favors - Behind The Awkwardness

“This is my Great-Aunt, who went to my cousin’s wedding in that pastel track suit with the purse around her neck. This picture was taken right after she was told she could take home the champagne glasses. She fit as many as she could in her hands, but made sure she had room for the leftover champagne.”

(submitted by Jen)

115 Responses to “Party Favors”

  1. Denise says:

    My mother is this woman. I KNOW that determined look. She’s about to double back for more champagne flutes because there’s still room in her neck-purse and she just heard out of her one good ear that a few were left on table 3.

  2. hcw80 says:

    Amature…my relatives would have had that purse open and those glasses stuffed in there. That is why you wear the darn thing around your neck. Only four glasses and a half-bottle of champagne? Where are the centerpieces and extra pieces of cake? This woman is not living up to the standards of all “dress” sweatsuit wearing octogeneans.

  3. Cierra says:

    Party plans?

  4. CB says:

    That’s almost as awesome as my great aunt who pulled a wine opener out of her cleavage when we realized we’d bought beer for the “after party” that wasn’t twist off. Noting our surprised looks she proceeded to take out her room key and cell phone from the same place.

  5. Mary says:

    I think that’s gonna be me someday. Wheee!

  6. Nancy says:

    I had an Auntie who carried her purse like that. She was adorable, too.

  7. Pam says:

    I had a Mother n law just like her! She would go to a church pot luck and when they passed the basket for a donation she would put a buck in and make change for a 20!

  8. Becky says:

    If she is like one of my relatives, she will be calling in 5 years to want to know what you want her to do with all those champagne glasses from the wedding (that she saved for your cousin). She may also be the type to use them in a craft for an anniversary present (fill them with candy) or she may not have any and want some. (Hope this wasn’t in Indiana, because leaving with an open bottle is illegal here.) I like this woman and I have never met her…

  9. hmmm says:

    She’s not too old to know that wearing a track suit to a wedding is awkward for anybody who has to look at it and pretend that it’s the right attire for this particular The purse around her neck I can see…she needed her hands for the glasses and bottle!

  10. kathy says:

    This reminds me of an 90+ year old neighbor. I took her some cookies (on on a pink floral paper plate) and taped some saran wrap over it.

    I stopped by some weeks later. Propped up in her heirloom-quality, mahogany china cabinet next to her mother’s porcelain tea set and her wedding silver…was my paper plate.

    “I see you liked the plate,” I said.

    “Yes,” she replied, “but I took the plastic wrap off it.”

    And no, she did not give it back.

  11. Kathleen says:

    Love her. Absolutely love her.

    I cannot wait to be old enough to wear what I damn well want to wear and take what is offered with both hands!

  12. Kirstie says:

    I’m totally not knocking the Verdi, by the way .. it’s actually my favorite kind of champagne. Super sweet.

  13. Cathy says:

    We need more pictures of this awesome lady!

  14. Bec says:

    Go Aunty! Go Aunty! Go Aunty! Go!

  15. Bridey says:

    I agree with the consensus — she’s adorable. I want to be that kind of old lady someday!

  16. softgeek says:

    The party just moved to Great Aunt’s house!

  17. Deanna says:

    That’s not awkward; that’s thrifty!

  18. Marty says:

    This lady would fit right in with my great aunt, who would bring a Tupperware to each family event (including weddings) to bring all the leftovers home.

    • AC says:

      Shut up! That is hilarious.

    • glasstabletop says:

      My grandma used to bring the same used ziplock baggie and tin foil for her leftovers.
      I wish she was around so that I could show her the great invention known as Tupperware.

      • jen says:

        I have an aunt and uncle who showed up a family Thanksgiving with a bunch of tupperware in their car. As the meal was winding down (though everyone wasn’t done eating) they wordlessly packed all the food into their tupperware and took it home. Shame there’s no picture of them in action.

  19. Mary says:

    I love it! Does everyone have one of these in their family? At my wedding, when my Aunt heard that all of the balloon centerpieces (yes, it was a “classy” affair HAHA!) were up for grabs she was later seen walking to the parking lot with about 200 helium filled balloons. Why a 82 year old woman needs 200 helium filled balloons I’ll never know!

    • Don says:

      Mary, how long ago was your wedding? About 5 years ago I received a crank phone call.
      After about 5 minutes I hung up the phone and my wife asked who it was. I replied I had
      no clue but it sounded like an 82 year old women who had just inhaled helium from a
      balloon. We may have the answer to your question!

  20. Chely says:

    Heck! Just three more weddings and she’ll have a complete service for eight!

  21. tellmewhatyouthink says:

    “Although Gerald couldn’t make it to the wedding, Agnes made sure he would at least be able to toast their great-nephew’s union from the comfort of tv trays and the easy listening of that night’s wheel of fortune. The additional champagne flutes would make lovely feeding bowls for the cats; now just to get out of the formal wear and into a clean moomoo.”- Love your great-aunt Jen!!

  22. Gina says:

    She’s great! God Bless your Great-Aunt!

  23. Amber says:

    Gee… How embarrassing!

  24. Celia says:

    That’s cute! I think I have a relative like that as well. Anytime they can get something for free, they will get it and no champagne ever gets wasted–hey, it’s expensive! :)

  25. Jana says:

    What an adorable lady. I just want to squeeze her in that sherbet getup. The purse is the ultimate whip cream topping. Thanks for sharing!!

  26. Sandi says:

    What is it about free wedding stuff that makes people go nuts? There’s always a mad dash for the damn centerpieces and stuff.

  27. m says:

    Appropriate attire: Dine & Dash.

  28. DJ says:

    Awww, reminds me of my mom. She wore her purse the same way! And she would have been grabbing the leftover food lol

  29. Candice says:

    I love old people.

  30. Mary says:

    Hey, I bet this was a NEW track suit bought just for the occasion. At a certain age you go for comfort over style, she achieved both.

    • Bec says:

      I most definitely need to get myself a “dress tracksuit” for special occasions. I can’t wait ’til I’m a great aunt and can get away with stuff like this!

  31. MAP says:

    I seriously think I must be related to her.. :)

  32. Tim says:

    Jen, I’m sure I speak for everyone posting for this photo when I say:


  33. Anne says:

    Love the outfit, the expression on her face, the story!
    Please let us know if your cousin inherits all of these champagne glasses upon your great-aunt’s passing. That’d be just the sort of thing my grandmother and her sisters (my great-aunts) would do.

  34. Cindi says:

    The purse around the neck is the best! Well, the track suit is a close second!

  35. Dan says:

    Back in her day, all the champagne glasses went to the war effort. You young people don’t know how good you have it.

  36. Mark says:

    Tonight the cats drink champagne!

  37. Tiffany says:

    I want to be her great niece. She. Is. Awesome.

  38. Roberta says:

    ‘Cause a lady who wears a track suit to a wedding has a great need for champagne glasses in her life!

  39. utaduta says:

    wow, this could have happened at one of my familys weddings! realy what is she going to do with all those glasses? its so funny!

  40. magillicuddy says:

    gutsy !

  41. nadine says:

    I would invite her to all my parties!

  42. kandee says:

    Hahaha – she ain’t shy. Go Gramma!!

  43. JennaFredWinifred says:

    I know from experience that the next day she wil be telling friends and relatives that she got them a glass at the wedding. Thanks Mom. I appreciate the wedding coozy from a cousin i haven’t seen since i was 5, but I really don’t need 6 napkins, 2 programs and a birdseed bundle. Awkard photos make me appreciate the less awkward gifts and wardrobe choices in my family. Thanks!

  44. mis says:

    I think we’ve all had an aunt like that…I know I had a few :)

  45. rex mannared says:

    I bet there are a million great photos of her floating around.

  46. rebelle says:

    You have my sympathy!

  47. Chadillac says:

    Except for the Fire sign on the right side of the photo, I wouldn’t be able to tell if this was taken in central Illinois or central Kazakhstan.

  48. Maria says:

    Awesome grandma!

  49. FlonkertonChamp says:

    i officially love your great-aunt

  50. Diana says:

    That is so cute, I love it! You’ve got an awesome aunt :)

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