Went to Two Parties in Two Days

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Tuesday, March 18, 1913:  Carrie came home from the party this morning. I had a very nice time. Went to another party tonight. Think this will be about enough for this week. Didn’t have quite as good a time tonight as I had last night.


Were the parties at one of these homes in McEwensville?

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

It sounds like Grandma was having fun–even if the party wasn’t as good as the one the day before. The previous day, Grandma wrote that she and her sister Ruth had gone to a party in McEwensville.

Carrie Stout was a friend. I’m not quite sure what it means that Carrie came home  “this morning”. Did Carrie stay at the party until after midnight? . . . or did she stay all night at the host’s home?

Two weeknight parties in one week seems like plenty to me.

I think that this entry and the one from the previous day are the first diary entries where Grandma wrote about going to a  party on a weeknight.

For much of the diary, it seemed like Grandma attended very few parties—and sometimes months passed with any mention of a party. I’m glad her social life was improving (but I hope her school work didn’t suffer).

11 Responses

  1. I’m not surprised she wouldn’t have as much fun at the second party, I seem to remember starting the party scene on Thursdays in my 20’s. I worked with all kids the same age. By Saturday, after being out Thurs and Friday..we’d be dragging butt. Now, if we party once every 6 months, that’s enough. LOL

  2. That does seem odd to have parties on week nights!

  3. Helena is a social butterfly. If some of the same people from the first party were at the second party, some of the excitement may have vanished.

  4. I don’t think they used the expression ‘party animal’ in those days…but two parties in one week…definitely unique for the time. :) Cute!

  5. Maybe they had the equivalent of “slumber parties.”

  6. Hi. When I think about parties from a century ago, I think of rather sober social gatherings… I wonder if they danced? Jane

  7. Sounds like she is living it up. I wonder if school was out for the week.

  8. Sounds like fun. I wonder just what they did at their parties 100 years ago!

  9. […] attended parties on March 17 and 18. They must have really worn her out. My mind often races after exciting events and I struggle to […]

  10. So glad she said she “had a nice time”. Great way to start Spring!

  11. Whoo! Par-TAY! XD

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