After talking to a few girlfriends about doing either a couples' night or a girls' night at the ballet, we decided to do a girls' night - but not just any girls' night, a MASSIVE girls' night out. I emailed my closest girlfriends and just about everyone emphatically said YES! 16 of us were headed to The Nutcracker just 6 days before Christmas.
Trish (who unfortunately could not make it last minute) had the great idea to dress up for our night out - actually, her exact words were "let's dress up fancy as fu**." This quickly became the theme of our night, but because we are ladies, we started calling it "FAF" for short. FAF meant we would all dress up super fancy - think gowns, evening gloves, etc., and do a night out at the ballet, which is itself pretty fancy. FAF became something we were saying so often that we were forgetting we made it up in the first place - several of the girls admitted to telling coworkers or shop employees they were buying gowns from that we were dressing up "FAF" without realizing that it's not really a thing. Give it some time - we're pretty sure it will catch on. #FAF
About 9 of us met at my place first for an early round of oohing and ahhing at each other's fancy dresses. Many of the dresses had interesting stories - Melissa wore her prom dress (I wish I could still fit into my prom dress!), Lindsey wore this beautiful brocade gown that belonged to her grandmother but was something straight out of a Jane Austen novel, and two of the girls wore gowns designed and constructed by the beautiful and talented Ha, who also wore a gown of her own design. FAF was off to a great start.
An intermission came about 50 minutes in, which afforded us a nice opportunity for a group shot, though not everyone was here at the time. The future FAFers behind us were happy to do a photo shoot for us.
I had hoped to get a full group shot after the performance ended, but a few of the girls had to get home right away and left before we could corral everyone, so unfortunately we never got one of the 16 of us. That did not stop us from taking about 20 minutes of pictures downstairs - what can we say, when you have a bunch of women in fancy dresses and a camera comes out, we can't help ourselves.
The verdict? This was one of the most fun bucket list items yet. I would jump at the chance to go to The Nutcracker again, just so long as we dress up FAF for it. If you live in the Bay Area or find yourself here during the holiday season, do not miss the chance to see this. Sure, it is often considered a ballet for children, but if you're an adult it can also bring out the child in you. It is a great way to enjoy the holidays, and it is no wonder it has become a Christmas tradition.
Happy holidays from the ILeftMyHeart blog!