things to consider before the social
Food for Thought... and Stomach. All
parties are free for all participants and do not require advanced reservation.
We do ask, however, to help the host with food and drinks. Iinitially Saturday socials were designed to be a simple
"Happy hour" get together with no more than a light snack
and beer. Somehow. with time, these socials became more and more elaborate
and now sometimes they resemble banquets by the quantify and the variety
of food and entertainment. And most of credits go to you, EI members, who vote for bigger and "tastier"
parties by bringing more and more food and drinks with you.
the format of a particular party suggests the corresponding attire.
Naturally, barbecue parties are more casual than New Year's Eve parties. The rule of thumb though is to dress a little bit up than you would
normally dress. Our ladies love to "dress to kill", but usually they
are a little bit apprehensive that American men are not used to it.
Number of attendees: It
is hard to predict, how many people will show at a particular party since
we do not require reservations. Sometimes
women outnumber men, sometimes men outnumber women, sometimes a younger
group of clients prevails, other times it would be a good mixture of
young and mature people.
The largest parties may draw 200 clients, while the smallest and intimate
parties would be limited to 20 people only.
that means that attending just one party is like entering a movie theater
in the middle of the movie. It is very hard to formulate accurate impression
on the basis of a small sample.
Planning for the party. Those of you who travel from out of state to attend
a party might maximize the benefits if they prepare to the social in
advance. You may want to contact the ladies that you are interested
in and tell them that you are planning to travel to attend the party.
Even if some ladies did not plan to be at that particular social, they
may change their plans to match yours. Also, Saturday Club meets last
Saturday of the month. That means that Memorial and Labor weekends may be the best time for you to travel. This way
you will be able to arrange dates with the ladies after the party and
stay in Washington, DC longer.