After weeks of preparation and planning, the day finally arrived for our Homecoming Ball.
My ‘Extreme Ballgown Makeover‘ was finished just. in time.
like, the morning of, with 5 hours to spare – HA!
Here are the before and after pictures!
I wore my favorite Engineer Castle pin and Army Eagle earrings that were a gift from my dear friend Amy,
along with a WWII Engineer Sweetheart bracelet I found on Etsy a few months ago.
There was a wonderful discussion on my facebook page about wearing gloves -
so thank you all for the encouragement -
I wore them along with a homemade flower inspired by pinterest and a simple wooden fan that sure came in handy!
The event was held at the Rheinlander Community Club, which has been around since before World War II.
With one of the AVLB or Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge on display with the Battalion Engineer flag.
The evening began with a cocktail hour and a receiving line in an adjoining room.
This was a wonderful arrangement that allowed folks to filter in, greet the hosting Commanders and their spouses,
visit their table in the ballroom, and still be able to spend some time socializing in the grand hall way.
Our seats were in the balcony which honestly was the best place to view the ceremony throughout the evening!
The evening began with the “posting of the colors”. or formally placing the American Flag, the German Flag,
and our Battalion Flag in the place of honor behind the head table.
We then listened to the German National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner.
Then the toasts began. To the President. To the Army. To the Corps of Engineers. and so on…
One of the final toasts was for our Fallen Comrades, along with an explanation of the table set for one…
For dinner I had the chicken – carefully tested by two lovely gentlemen at my table.
They wanted to make sure I didn’t burn my mouth – such chivalry!
After our meal, there were some closing remarks and the colors were formally retired.
Then the jackets came off and the dancing began…
All in all, it was a wonderful evening full of military traditions and sharing stories about the deployment.
I will say though, that I wish more folks would be aware of the amount of alcohol they consumed over the course of the evening. Our table didn’t have any pitchers of water until after our meal was served – so I myself drank a glass and a half of wine out of thirst. Then after a few sips from the mixed concoction called ‘the Grog’ I knew it was time to stop. (High heels are difficult enough for me to navigate when I’m sober!)
So in closing, I’d like to add a number eleven to my “Ten things to know about attending a Formal Military ball” :
Please remember to drink responsibly. Cocktail hour is not just for drinking.
It is not appropriate to cheer during the Chaplain’s closing remarks as if one is attending the Super Bowl.
Once the colors are retired and the Senior Leaders & Spouses set the example – feel free to enjoy yourself!
Just remember that whatever you do might be photographed and shared on Facebook the next day.
Have you ever attended a formal military ball?
What are your favorite memories and moments during an evening out with your beloved in uniform?