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Mr Gatsby would be honoured if you would attend his little party tonight. The Great Gatsby 1974 starring & Robert Redford & Mia Farrow & Bruce Dern & Sam Waterston & Karen Black & Scott Wilson & Lois Chiles & Edward Herrmann & Howard da Silva & Kathryn Leigh Scott & Regina Baff et al, director Jack Clayton, messenger
‘He never really goes to his own parties.’ ibid. Joy
‘The truth of the matter is, I don’t much like parties.’ ibid. Gatsby
Never miss a party ... good for the nerves – like celery. F Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby Girls
Already there are wanderers, confident girls who weave here and there among the stouter and more stable, become for a sharp, joyous moment the center of a group and then excited with triumph glide on through the sea-change of faces and voices and color under the constantly changing light. ibid.
At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom. George Carlin
The key to dying well is for you to decide where, when, how and whom to invite to the last party. Timothy Leary, cited Daily Telegraph 3rd May 1996
‘I just bumped from my hotel to work and to parties, and from parties to my hotel and back to work like a numb trolleybus. I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react.’ Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar, BBC 2018
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. Phyllis Diller
What went on up there? Poppers and weird sex. The Sopranos s5e4: All Happy Families, Tony to AJ, HBO 2004
Just the idea of having a family party in the backyard without Tony there manning the grill, playing host, it wouldn’t be the same. The Sopranos s5e8: Marco Polo, Carmela
Odo: I hate parties.
Her: Perhaps you’ve been going to the wrong ones. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s1e17: The Forsaken, happy couple in lift
The Borg: party poopers of the galaxy. Star Trek: Voyager s5e2: Drone, Doctor to Seven of Nine
We are having two parties here tonight. And they must be kept completely separate. Firstly, a total piss-up involving beer throwing, broken furniture and wall to wall vomiting ... Percy will join me in here for the gourmet turnip evening. Blackadder II: Beer, Blackadder to Baldrick & Percy, BBC 1986
It would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening. Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, memorandum 20th May 2020
Don’t eat the cornflakes, Rick. There’s only one each. The Young Ones s1e5: Interesting ***** Neil at party, BBC 1982
I’ve thought of a great new party game – dissection! ibid. Vyvyan
On the 29th April 1967 here in this cavernous space at the Alexandra Palace in north London huge numbers of young idealists, and pot-heads and acid freaks came together for what they called the fourteen-hour Technicolor dream in one of the biggest ever hippy gatherings in Britain. And every rave that came later, every happening, tens of thousands of out-of-control house-trashing parties owed something to the Ally Pally pot-heads rally. Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain, BBC 2007
Shall we set about some revels? William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night I iii 131, Sir Andrew
Therefore he abhorred
All feasts, societies, and throngs of man. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens IV iii 20-21, Timon
I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it. Groucho Marx
The party’s over, it’s time to call it a day. Betty Comden & Adolph Green, The Party’s Over
This day my wife made it appear to me that my late entertainment this week cost me above £12, an expense which I am almost ashamed of, though it is bit once in a great while, and is the end for which, in the most part, we live, to have such a merry day once or twice in a man’s life. Samuel Pepys, diary 6th March 1669
Our diversion was dancing (or jumping about) without a violin or any music, singing of foolish and bawdy healths and more such-like stupidity, and drinking all the time as fast as could be poured down; and the parson of the parish was one amongst the mixed multitude, all the time. Thomas Turner, 1729-93, English diarist
Masked parties. Savage parties. Victorian parties. Greek parties. Wild west parties. Russian parties. Parties at Oxford where everyone drank brown sherry and smoked Turkish cigarettes. Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies
The tumult and the shouting dies,
The captains and the kings depart,
And we are left with large supplies
Of cold blancmange and rhubarb tart. Ronald Knox, After the Party
Laurence, you’re going to get heart-burn. Play For Today: Abigail’s Party, written and directed Mike Leigh, starring Alison Steadman ***** BBC 1977
Laurence, would you like to get the drinks please? Tony would like a Bacardi and Coke with ice and lemon, Angela would like gin and tonic with ice and lemon, and I’d like a little fill-up. OK? ibid. Beverly
Beverly’s not very organised; she doesn’t believe in making shopping lists. ibid. Laurence to Angela & Tony
When I get to my test my nerves fail me. ibid. Beverly to Angela & Tony
Beverly was saying your daughter’s having a party. ibid. Angela to Susan
They’re going to have fun, aren’t they? ibid.
Have you locked your silver away, Sue? bid. Beverly to Sue
You don’t know who you get at a party. ibid.
Particularly with teenagers because let’s face it they’re not as careful as say we would be. You know what I mean, they don’t think, do they? They’ve got a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other, you know and they’re having a bit of a dance and the next thing you know it’s cigarette on your carpet and stubbed out. ibid. Beverly to Sue
Come on, Sue. I’ll give you a little top-up. ibid.
Getting divorced to a film star is like going to the lavatory. ibid. Beverly
We’ve only been married nearly three years but we’re always having rows aren’t we? ibid. Angela
Don’t get me wrong. I do love Laurence. In my own way. ibid. Beverly to Angela
I never thought anyone would marry me. ibid. Angela
Angela: Would you like kids?
Beverly: No I don’t think I would really. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like kids because I do. But, let me put it to you this way, I wouldn’t like to actually have to have them. I mean, did you have your kids in hospital, Sue? Yeah, you see, to me having to go into hospital would be like being ill. And I couldn’t stand that. And I know it sounds horrible but having to do all that breast feeding and changing nappies would actually make me heave. I don’t honestly think I’ve got that motherly instinct in me. ibid.
They’re only having a bit of fun. ibid. Beverly
Have you ever tried pilchard curry? ibid. Angela to Beverly
It’s a fantastic drink Bacardi, isn’t it? ibid. Beverly to Tony