I know I’ve been invited to a New Year’s party because I am fairly recently divorced, but is it alright for me to be bringing a date? She’s someone I met last week who I really want to spend New Year’s with? I know some of my friends will be there and I’m sure she’ll fit in but I sense that if I ask, the hostess will say, No. On the other hand, if I just bring her along as my date, is that OK?
–RD, Staten Island, NY