There are lots of times when parties are appropriate: holidays, birthdays, weddings, births, divorces...
Wait, wha??? How did that last one get in there?
Sadly, it's true. Why let your marriage dissolve quietly in the night when you can invite the neighborhood to throw streamers over your fractured family and toast your vow-breaking with a glass of champagne?
Plus, as in the case of one celebrity couple, you can use your divorce party to "re-affirm your friendship" in front of close friends and family. Sorry, but huh? For the life of me, I cannot understand this. If you remain such "dear and trusted friends" why in the world are you divorcing? Maybe you forgot that bit in your marriage vows where you promised to stay together forever, no matter the circumstances?
Divorce should never be a reason to throw a party. Are there times when divorce is warranted, even essential? Certainly, but they are few and far between, and, contrary to popular belief, valid reasons for divorcing do not include "I need a chance to spread my wings" or "I just don't love you anymore". Ugh. I hate that excuse. Just as falling in love is not accidental, falling out of love also requires your full consent. Come on, if you can learn to love a puppy who pees on your floor all day, you can certainly relearn to love your spouse. The Savior commanded us to love everyone. He didn't say "everyone except that annoying nitwit you married."
Yeesh. I always assumed that scripture about everybodys' sins being shouted from the rooftops would be more of a did-you-hear-about-so-and-so type thing, not a hey-look-at-me-breaking-my-sacred-vows-have-a-piece-of-cake type thing.
As Mrs. Meers would say, "Sinful."
And by that I don't mean the cake.