I'd kind of been dreading going, thought $50 was a lot to pay for a meal & several hours of boredom with people I mostly didn't know. It turned out to be not quite so bad. When we walking in the door at the "before" party the Hubby's cousin & wife were right there and another woman I knew slightly. Even connected with someone from my graduating class who had married an "older woman" from the Hubby's class. As a bonus the meal was actually pretty good. :) I'm still dreading my 50th though, but after going to Hubby's with him I see that a majority of us get old & fatter and we are what we are.