2. Talk to all your Facebook and work contacts. This friend who you met in Zumba class four years ago is one of the organisers. Score.
3. Buy ball tickets.
6. Suprise! The dress is too small/big/ugly.
7. Find a tailor to alter the dress. Realise this would cost you more than the dress itself.
8. Abandon the tailor idea.
9. Order a dress from the US (probably also made in China).
10. Have your credit card details rejected, you must be a scammer to ship a dress from the US to Austria.
11. Order the dress to be shipped to your mother-in-law's address in the States.
12. Have your mother-in-law reject your order with the delivery company. Twice.
13. Abandon idea of ordering the dress from the US.
15. Have a second nanny lined up just in case.
16. Explore dress purchasing options in Vienna. Realise you might as well buy a ticket to a nice warm destination for the same price.
17. Abandon the idea of purchasing a dress in Vienna.
18. Procrastinate. There is still time until the ball.
19. Try out your old ball dresses.
20. None of your old dresses fits.
21. Start a diet.
22. For one hour. Then someone brings French macarons. And violet chocolate.
23. Decide to make your own dress. Or, kind of. All you need is to buy a cheap dress and transform it into something you actually like.
24. Get excited.
26. It's too late for shipping, go buy it in a real shop.
27. Ok, they don't have it. Try another one. Or two.
28. Finally get the dress:
30. Buy what you need to alter the dress.
31. The shop doesn't have what you need to alter the dress.
32. Get whatever they have.
33. Try to make the dress in a size that fits.
34. Fail. If you could make the dress fit, you could have altered the dress from China.
35. (not recommended) Start eating donuts in order to fit the dress.
36. Decide on the alterations that you actually CAN do.
37. Test your sewing skills again: