Russians adore partying. If a party takes place in a restaurant, keep in mind that it’s different from an American one. It’s not just a place to eat, but a place to feast. It’s always more food and drinks that anyone can consume. And, of course, there will be a lot of jokes, dancing and fooling around. Most likely you will be seated at a big table where everybody can see each other and feel that they are part of the group.
You’ll definitely want to dress up for a party with Russians. Men wear suits and ties. And women…. generally Russian women care greatly about their appearance. They are stylish and never leave the a house wearing rumpled or stained clothes. (The neighbors are watching!) For a party they may dress quite provocatively to a foreign eye, but it does not mean anything bad. High heels, make up, nice looking hair, jewelry – everything should match.
We should mention the drinking part. Yes, Russians drink vodka at their parties, and they prefer not to mix drinks. Women mostly drink wine or champagne. Usually the bottles are delivered to your table, and there is one man in charge who makes sure that there are no empty glasses on the table. Each drink should be toasted, and everybody is expected to say a toast.