I actually went to a Christmas Season Cocktail in December with Marc, as Mrs Programmer/Analyste So and So (his personal assistant). It was really boring. And I was in high heels, and there was nowhere to sit. Also, they had waiters walking around with little platters of appetizers, but nothing of any real consistency. So we got hungry. I didn't know anyone, and he knew one person, and we spent most of the time talking to ourselves. When we did talk to someone, it was all about networking. I had nothing to "network".