Holiday etiquette: be a good guest

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s