Sadly, etiquette hasn’t caught up with same sex couples. It has its hands full at the moment with straight people and social media. Society is desperately trying to hold the etiquette line, period, and you are in for an awful disappointment if you believe otherwise.

So what to do? Couples will need to graciously lead the way and set the example, and, no, etiquette never allows you to exact an eye for an eye. You may not ask others who wears the pants in their family even though they’re busy trying to determine the same about you. “Hi, we’re Harold and Bob” is really all you need. If you think someone may have eyes for Bob, by all means introduce him as your husband. Know that this doesn’t guarantee Bob’s safety.

With that in mind, please don’t put “SS” by your name for “same sex” in the hope it will get you addressed appropriately as “Mr. & Mr.” or “Mrs. & Mrs.” You’ll be mistaken for a ship or worse.

The words “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” are useful and leave less doubt about your affiliation except where women are concerned. This is because straight women insist on applying the word to friends who haven’t been girls for 40 years. “Partner” can be equally confusing, as lawyers have partners and you could get cornered for free legal advice.

Don’t expect wait staff to intuit you’re having a romantic date instead of dinner with an associate. They’re busy just trying to separate the wives from the mistresses being wined and dined by someone else’s husband.

In short, you are in for the same awkward social situations that confront everyone else.

Wait until they mistake him for your son.

Troubadours Ball

It’s hard to picture a prettier queen than this one. Richard Coeur de Lion Don Johnson ascended the throne alongside Queen Berengaria of Navarre Oakley Montgomery amid adoring spectators. The Frem Boustany Convention Center was abuzz but well-behaved as families presented their tykes and teens, as well as a bejeweled Michael Doumit, Sir Kenneth Mike Crochet, Lady Edith Sara Logan, Viking Queen Juliet Mills and an entourage of others, including Catherine Matt, Michelle Mahtook, winter goddess Hannah Werner, Victoria Barczyk and Victoria Topham. By the way, there is no better ball company this side of New Orleans than Pat and Matt Hill. What we loved: The Viking helmets, Tish Johnson’s orange, Elaine Jackson’s black ’n’ pearls, and that Charlie and Karen Bernard will celebrate their 50th anniversary in two weeks. Their secret? “A blind wife and a deaf husband,” said Mr. Bernard.

Xanadu ever after

It was pretty and pink as far as the eye could see. The Princesses of Everything celebrated their 25th anniversary at the Cajundome Convention Center with all the pomp and glitter you could wish. Her Majesty Donna Olivier ruled, King George deGravelle got schooled, and ladies who had their way with the runway included ball Captain Maxine Hollier, Natalie Brasseaux, Susan Doucet and Head Muse Tammy Sonnier. Among their many subjects both in compliance and non — debonair Bill Moody, Southern gentleman Barry Landry, Lisa and Leon Ferguson, mother-daughter duo Kathy Sawyer and Kacey Patrick, a most hospitable Lisa Boudreaux, charter member Dianne Carlisle and last year’s king Darryl Myers, whom they let dress up one more time.

Viva Las Vegas

Guys just want to have fun, and the Triton men did exactly that at the Cajundome, staging their Mardi Gras mayhem entitled “Viva Las Vegas.” Their 36th annual shindig enthroned King Triton Troy Knight and Queen Kelly Ortego in suitable splendor and a good time was had by all, including “Handsome Sam” Landers, Raymond Goodrich III, Dr. Carlos Mendez and wife Bobbi, Miami cousins and first-time Mardi Gras goers Jennifer Mendez and Delilah Rodriguez, Elvis impersonator Kenneth Palumbo, faithful floor escort Peter Piccione and knockout Travis Knoll. “What you don’t see is that we have to get up early tomorrow morning and clean all this up,” said Scott Coco. What we loved: That “Elvis” gave us one of his scarves and one member ordered an inflatable pole dancer as a table centerpiece. Bet that didn’t come from The Party Place.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at