really have to go?
CC understands-you're dying to pull the "I'd love to,
but my great-aunt is getting her tummy tucked that weekend" trick. But if
your boss thinks it's important enough to invite you, it's important enough for
you to go. That said, no need to spring for the sterling-silver carving set on
the registry; the cheese spreader should be sufficient. And make sure your date
doesn't down too much champagne, then grind either you or Mrs. Boss on the
dance floor or mention that little suspended sentence/community service deal.