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Evidently the Come as You Were Party is an old idea. I’ve never done it, but it sounded cute so I thought I’d pass it along!
Something I like to collect is really old party planning books. One of my treasures is one from the early 1900’s. The party games and themes in there are a hoot!! Lots of games that deal with pairing up people as dinner companions, that sort of thing.
One party idea I ran across one day in an old book was this party.
For this party, the hostess doesn’t need to send out invitations. As a matter of fact, you can't! Instead, invitations are done by telephone. (I guess today we could do it by text...)
Having contact while issuing the party invitation is very important, because the coming "as you were part" of it is to have them come the way they were the minute they were invited to the party. If they were in their pajamas, or working in the yard, or in a business suit when they received the invitation phone call…that is how they should show up to the party (hopefully you don’t catch someone in their birthday suit!)
When you call to invite them, the first thing you should do is ask what they are wearing. If they are a good enough friend to humor this strange request and tell you, then they are a good enough friend to come to the party!
I imagine that there can be some interesting stories having to do with what some people may show up in! I can envision people wearing everything from a towel or bathrobe to a business suit!
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