same as it ever was except without the empire waist
Seems like every time I go to a party, happy hour - any kind of largish social outing I feel like an extra in a Jane Austen novel.
There's just so much going on. A rich cast of characters each with their own backstory and their own particular motivations and foibles. If you are new to the situation, you watch and try to suss out what's what. If it's your crew, you sit back and enjoy the show or maybe reach in and stir the pot. If you have a guide, he or she will give you the inside track on the comings and goings of the evening. (my fav)
Under the right circumstances it's better than TV.