It is that time of year again! Holiday parties in homes, civic events and friends gathering. We are all hurried and things are hectic, but it’s important to give some consideration to the time and cost of hosting these events. You can honor your host by being a great guest with my favorite holiday party etiquette tips:
- RSVP, or répondez s’il vous plait, means “reply please”! Always respond with a definitive yes or no, and do this a week ahead of time as the host will be ordering food from a caterer or making their own shopping preparations.
- Read your invitation! It may not include a spouse or a “+1.” This is often the case in business settings.
- Be mindful of the dress code.
- Drink in moderation. You should avoid placing lampshades on your head and loud singing. Lose lips sink ships, need I say more?
- Eat in moderation. You weren’t invited because you’re hungry. It’s always helpful to have a light snack before going to a party, as you may see people you haven’t seen in awhile and get wrapped up in visiting! If you find yourself in the Taco Bell drive-thru on the way home, then so be it.
- Hold your glass in your left hand. When you shake hands, your right hand won’t be cold or wet, and you won’t have to shuffle your drink to another hand when someone extends their hand to you.
- Introduce your spouse or guest, but have a plan if you have forgotten a name. Your spouse will know to jump in and introduce themselves, saving yourself some potential embarrassment. Give them a heads up on who people are and what they might have in common if they are stuck talking to them.
- When invited to a party in a home, take a hostess gift. A bottle of wine or a stack of cute napkins are safe choices.
- Name tags belong on the right side of your chest. This makes it simple to see your name when shaking hands.
- Send a thank you note, and always say hello and goodbye to the host.