In my 8 1/2 years as a Navy wife, I have been to 4 Supply Corps Balls, 3 Submarine Balls, and 2 Grand Winter Balls, but Friday was my first Navy Ball.
We were celebrating the Navy’s 239th birthday.
Now most military balls are fairly similar, but I was still a little nervous about this one. We’ve only been here a few months, and I’m still meeting new people. But holy moly, this ball ranks up there with the best balls that I’ve attended.
You know it’s going to be a fun night when the Chief of the Navy Supply Corps hops into random pictures with wives.
And then there were the 5-6 tables of JROTC members. High schoolers, y’all! I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I was in the “old crowd” at a ball, but Friday night I did. Those of you who are familiar with military balls know about the cutting of the cake. The oldest and the youngest get to cut it. The youngest was 13!!!!
On the bright side – teenagers can’t drink, so that meant extra wine for our table!
After dinner and a speaker, it was time for the dance. A dance where the age range was 13 to probably 60+. But it worked. I jumped up and down in 4 inch heels to songs that I didn’t know with a bunch of high school kids. And they followed along when the “old ladies” led the train. (I’ve been singing “come on ride the train, hey ride it, woo woo” all weekend!) There were also the nice slower songs that I got to two-step to with my honey (for those of you who don’t know, Jarrod and I met when he asked me to dance one night at a dance hall while we were in college).
I’m pretty sure that we’ve never shut a ball down, but we were having so much fun that we lost track of time and were the last ones there this time!
Now I can’t wait for the Supply Corps Ball in the spring!
Moving on to my dress -
I rented my dress from Rent the Runway.
It was my first time using them, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience.
I have a closet full of dresses, but some of them don’t fit and some just aren’t my style anymore. So instead of buying a new dress, I decided to rent.
My dress retails for $1145, and I rented it for $70. Never ever would I have bought an $1145 dress, but by using RTR, I was able to wear one!
My dress was delivered on Wednesday. Actually two dresses. Rent the Runway sends you two sizes of the same dress. Great if you’re on the fence with what size you should go with.
I thought that I was going to have to go out shopping for shoes, but I had some in my closet from a previous ball that worked perfectly. I also had a purse and jewelry that worked, too.
Saturday morning, I put both dresses in a prepaid UPS envelope, and Jarrod dropped it by the UPS Store (it had to be dropped of by noon).
Now I am absolutely in love with Rent the Runway, and have already started looking for a dress for our next ball!