So I followed my heart and heeded your advice and went for Option 1 of the Party Outfit options - the ruffle-y dress with a poofy crinoline and hawt heels.
It was super fun to wear this and the inexpensive Forever 21 dress did me proud. I felt quite festive all night long.
I ended up wearing, on the advice of the hubby, polka dot stockings which I paired up with the Manolo Blahnik Campari mary janes.
And I used this cute little vintage beaded purse to hold my lipstick, lipgloss and phone. The peachy flowers echoed the embellishments on my cardigan.
Make-up is usally pretty simple for me, even when going out - some shimmery shadow, a bit of eyeliner on the top and Chanel's Rouge Coco "Paris" lipstick.
Thanks for the advice and support!