Next-door Neighbour’s Up-coming Party

One night as we were getting out of our car, our next-door neighbour hurriedly approached us before we could close our garage door. We’ve seen her a few times before but our encounters were usually limited to hand-waving or casual exchange of greetings such as “good day” or “good evening” and so on. Not this time.

She basically just wanted to let us know that it was her 40th birthday and that she’ll be having guests on Saturday week. She warned us that it may get loud. We told her we don’t mind that at all and thanked her for giving us the heads-up. She also added that if we were available, she’s inviting us to come along to the party, too.

We didn’t really know anybody in our neighbourhood and I thought that this may be a good opportunity to get to know at least one of our neighbours. I want to go but I don’t know what the expectations are for guests in Australia. I mean, we don’t really know her that well and if we decide to go to the party, what do we bring along with us? A bottle of champagne? An actual gift? Should we only stay long enough to finish one glass of drink or should we stay for longer? Maybe it was just a courtesy on her part to ask us to come over but are we really expected to go at all?

I don’t know the answers so I’ll most likely consult my Aussie-born friends about the protocol involved in such a scenario.

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Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 11:29 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hey! I’m actually planning on asking you about this in a couple of days but since you’ve already essentially answered now, thanks. 😀

    Yeah, we’re thinking that it was only being nice when she asked us so even though I think it is a good opportunity to meet the neighbours, I’m thinking of not going at all. But I’m also worried that we may offend by not going.

    So, Okay. We’re also thinking of just getting her a bottle of wine. But you know we don’t really drink alcohol and therefore don’t know which bottle to get. What bottle can you recommend we give her? 😀 Thanks in advance.

  2. OK, she’s a nice lady. Normally people have loud parties and never warn you. Even nicer: she invited you.

    However, IMHO, she is having her friends over and so she doesn’t really want to deal with people she doesn’t know very well for the whole night.

    So if you go, don’t go for long unless you really get involved in things. If you end up in the corner talking to each other or to her, make up some excuse to leave. She’ll probably try and stop you but she’s pretending.

    I’d say a bottle of wine is a good gift for something like this. It’s a ‘thanks for inviting us, but we don’t know you too well yet’

    Next time she invites you, she means it 😀

    (all just my opinion!)


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