Thursday, November 19, 2009

...The Shabby Chic Cottage- Creating Coziness: Sans Shoes

...The Shabby Chic Cottage- Creating Coziness: Sans Shoes


Tiger/Moderate Mouse said...

Is anyone from the US here hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?

I know that some families like mine dress casually for almost all gatherings in the home, even on holidays. Yet, at least on my mom's side, some people actually dress up.

For those of you who maintain a shoes-off policy even at Thanksgiving (or any holdiday for that matter), what kind of dress code do you otherwise have in place? Are jeans, t-shirts, etc. the norm or do you prefer to put more than a minimal effort in your appearance and for your guests to do the same. I know it can be easy to accept a shoes-off policy if the former is the case but not so easy when the latter is the case, especially when, traditionally, something like "Sunday Best" (suit and tie for males; dresses or skirt and blouse ensembles for females, possibly with some jewelry) shoes tend to be involved. And I've heard stories of at least female guests who would choose their outfits carefully down to the shoes, only to find out upon arrival that the shoes end of it will have to be taken out of the equation (ie left at the door) and thus the overall effect is thrown off.

If you wish to maintain a shoes-off policy but feel that the occasion warrants more than a minimum of effort in one's appearance, how about instead of the traditional "Sunday Best" method of dressing up, why not turn it into Native American theme party? (Anyone remember Pocahontas from the Disney movie by the same name and/or Sacajawea--I'm just guessing the name on the spelling at the moment--from "Night at the Museum", somehow I don't think I could picture either one of them in Manolos; if anything, they probably had the closest that one could get to a sporty look compared to their white counterparts.) You and your guests could dress in, you guessed, traditional Native American garb, even including the feathers, jewelry, etc., associated with it. And to top it off, you could have moccasins available at the door (kind of like how the Japanese provide slippers) and/or guests could bring their own to change into or go barefoot.

P.S. If anyone from the US, offalist or not, is reading this, I do hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Celestial Fundy said...

Obviously, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in England, so I will leave it to any American readers to reply to that one.