Holiday parties start at Thanksgiving and will continue until New Year’s Eve. One way to procure invitations to the best get-togethers is by minding one’s manners. Earn a place on everyone’s party guest list by following a few common sense rules.
- Never show up uninvited.
- Always RSVP when asked to on an invitation.
- Arrive on time.
- Never bring extra guests without consulting the host or hostess.
- Never bring a pet without permission.
- Avoid drama; do not bring up controversial topics with other guests.
- Abstain from rude remarks about the food or refreshments.
- Before bringing your own bottle, always discuss it with the host.
- Never smoke inside a non-smoking house.
- Only take food home if the host offers it.
- Offer to help, especially with the clean up.
- Know when to leave.
Arriving with a hostess gift is a thoughtful way to show appreciation for the invitation. A hostess gift can be something intended to be shared at that function, or something personal for the host or hostess to enjoy later. Scented candles, a bottle of wine (or sparkling cider or grape juice for teetotalers), or a box of chocolates are a few options.
Not every party is going to be a good party. There will be ones that end much too soon, and others that could not end soon enough. Make the best of them all. A good rule of thumb is “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. In other words, go with the flow. Allow the host or hostess to direct the activites.