Tracee Ellis Ross says that the perfect time to have a party is 2 to 7pm: agree?

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Tracee Ellis Ross was a guest on The Ellen Show when John Legend, our new SMA, was hosting. It was a delight to watch, because I like them both and their conversation was entertaining. My favorite part was when Tracee talked about going to Gabrielle Union’s Halloween party. She loved dressing up for it but she also appreciated the party’s start and end time, which was 2 to 7. She sounds just like me! I don’t like staying out later either. Tracee has a new product for curly hair which she’s promoting called Pattern. She said she owns the company and explained that it took her ten years to launch it.

On why John Legend is SMA
[You are] the epitome of what a man can be. A wonderful husband, a man that’s talented, he shows up for his community, he’s a feminist. What else is there to say?

She just turned 47
I don’t what this whole thing is about people being afraid to get older. It’s just been fantastic.

John: I think when you’re 47 and you look like you, you go around telling people ‘Oh I’m 47.’

On her ideal party time
Gabrielle Union and I are birthday twins. She always throws a birthday party. She did a California Love [theme] and I went as DJ Quik. The best part of Gabrielle’s party is that it was called from 2 to 7. Isn’t that great? If it had been called for 7 I would have been like ‘I can’t go. Too late for me.’

Her costume was so good people didn’t recognize her
Omar Epps was talking to me for quite some time and I’m like ‘it’s Tracee.’ He goes ‘Oh my god that mustache is disgusting.’

On her product line for curly-haired girls
[It’s for] anyone with curly, coily or tight-textured hair. Be patient and persistent with your dreams. It took me ten years to make this happen. It is an unmet demographic of people. There have not been products that support us with the hydration we need.

[From The Ellen Show via YouTube]

A 2 to 7pm party would cut into my nap time a little but I would much rather go to an afternoon party than an evening party any day. I am in bed by 9pm on weeknights and on the weekends if I’m doing social things I sritve for a 10pm bedtime. If there’s something I really want to do I’ll stay up until 11 but I’m not happy about it! I think a 4 to 9pm party time would be ideal but really no one is having parties that early unless they’re in the afternoon like Gabriel Union’s. Also I’m about to turn 47 and I want to have some of her attitude, that it’s fantastic to get older and be our age. You definitely give less of a sh-t what people think about you and you own your preferences, like getting to bed at a decent hour.

Here is Tracee’s Halloween costume! DJ Quik retweeted it with a pic of himself and she looks just like him!

Here’s Tracee’s interview!


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  1. Arizona says:

    hard agree. especially because if you leave by 7:00, that still gives you plenty of time to unwind at the end of the night before having to go to bed. I have a hard time coming home and going right to bed so when I’m out late at a party it means it’s a really late night for me, and I really prefer to be in bed by 9:00 haha.

  2. Mrs. Smith says:

    A commenter on a different thread (Madonna, I think?) mentioned that rock concerts should start at 10 a.m. and I’m all for it. The 2-7 p.m. after-party would be sp perfect, then into my jammies by 9! I can party all day. Just not all night.

  3. Claire says:

    I love this. Unfortunately we have neighbors (with three young children) who still like to party all night

  4. Lightpurple says:

    2-7 allows time for the person who held the party to clean up and unwind a bit before going to bed instead of trying to shove the stragglers out the door at 2 AM and then leaving it all for the next day because you’re exhausted and have to be at work at 9.

  5. Astrid says:

    There’s a bar near my home that hosts a rock&roll band on Friday nights from 6:30-9 pm. The place is packed every Friday night with middle aged people dancing. I don’t understand why more bars and such aren’t rethinking their business model – who wants to go see live music when its scheduled for 10 pm?

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    I get enough time to run my errands in the morn…

    And I get in early enough to STILL do…whateva that night…


  7. CROWHOOD says:

    I agree with everything Ms. Tracee has to say because I LOVE HER.

  8. Luna says:

    Wow, absolutely not. 2pm is nap time.

  9. Call_me_al says:

    Agreed! Brunch or lunch is my favorite time to host a party!

  10. paranormalgirl says:

    I’m usually in bed by 9, too. So yeah, into this idea. Big time.

  11. JoanCallamezzo says:

    I’m going to remember 2-7pm for any shindig I throw. Who makes the rules anyway? I’m up early, no naps, asleep by 9:30 this is perfect. Gabrielle Union showing good parenting by not partying all night and then sleeping in the next day. Also the drinking factor would be more low key because it’s a day time party.

  12. Pita says:

    That is the perfect party time, last year i celebrated my 40th with a halloween party in august and started at 2pm, almost everyone was gone by 8pm

  13. Aang says:

    My kids call them darties.

  14. Charfromdarock says:

    Sounds perfect to me!

  15. Lucy says:

    Here in Argentina, parties don’t start earlier than 11 p.m. and they can last all night. I don’t know why we keep doing that to ourselves!

  16. ME says:

    Sounds good to me ! I’m not a late eater. I want to be home, showered, and watching TV by 9 !

  17. Kate says:

    I didn’t know it’s okay to tell people an end time for a party unless it’s like a kids birthday party. I like the idea though a lot.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I didn’t know this either, but I think it’s a great idea for hosts. No having to deal with folks who just won’t leave & can’t take a hint, no guests feeling ‘guilty’ for leaving early. Although I gotta say, I’m not one who’ll stay for five hours at a party. That’s too much socializing for me.

      • IMUCU says:

        Lol, yes 5 hours is at least 1 hour too long for me! I’d be finding a place to take a nap during it (-;!

  18. BANANIE says:

    I think something like 5-9 would be better because you get to hang out in the evening, have dinner, some drinks if you want, etc. I don’t know if anyone who’d be down for a 2-7 party who’s younger than 30. It just seems like an odd time. Are you fed a real dinner? I feel like it’s weird to get kicked out at a traditional dinner time.

    Plus it’s weird to go from an outing/event to home at 9, unless you’re going to go somewhere after and treat the whole party like a pre-game.

    But I remember she is 47.

  19. JanetFerber says:

    I will agree to any damn thing she says because she is a certified boss.

  20. Joanna says:

    I love her and the show “Blackish” she’s in. She really nailed her Halloween costume.

    2 to 7 for a party? Noooo, too early. In bed by 9? What? That’s just crazy talk. Do you guys go to lunch at 11 and eat dinner at 5? My coworker loves to do that. Way too early for me to eat! I do eat that early w her sometimes but I don’t go to bed until 10 or 10:30 so I’m ready for another meal by then!