Be The Perfect Holiday Party GuestWith the holiday season upon us, it's likely there's a full calendar and a to do list that just won't get any shorter. Between your family's five separate Christmas parties, corporate work parties, and the in laws INSISTING they cook Christmas dinner (even though they recently burned the turkey) there's usually more parties to attend than to host. So while you might have perfected the planning and execution of hosting the get-togethers' - how are you at attending them? Here's some Dos and Donts to make sure you spread holiday cheer throughout the party season.
*RSVP - It makes it easier for the planner to know how many people to expect, planners appreciate the extra effort!
*Offer to Bring Something - Odds are they won't need you to bring anything, but the offer is a helpful gesture.
*Talk to People You Don't Know - Sure, all of your friends are there, but new people offer new insights, opinions, or opportunities. It helps the hostess feel a little more relaxed to see she doesn't have to constantly entertain every single person present.
*Participate - Whether its kissing your plus one under the mistletoe or a cheesy party game, don't be the party pooper!
*Stay Away From Touchy Topics - Don't ask your boss' opinion on the presidential election, and steer clear of asking the hosts' neighbors about their kid's run in with the law. Things could just get awkward and uncomfortable for everyone, fast.
*Prepare Your Plus One - Make sure they're aware of which boss drives you nuts, which one of your family members likes to gossip, and which dishes to pass on. Having them prepared not only makes you less worried, it allows the two of you to walk in with a plan and not be couple hiding in the corner all night.
*Dress for the occasion - If it's a holiday gathering, be sure to wear something festive! There's not need to show up in an elf costume (unless you've got a partner to show up as Santa with you) but don't be the Scrooge of the party!
*Say Thanks - Be sure to thank the host and let them know you had a good time, no one wants to think their party was so bad you had to sneak out in the first hour!
*Make It Fun! - Enjoy yourself! Make sure you're having a good time, that's the whole reason the event is being hosted! If it's not - just pretend you're at a Pinot's Palette paint party!
*Bring Something That Requires a lot of Preparation - When you say you're going to bring something, it's to help take a little bit of pressure off the host, so if you bring something you still have to whip, frost, or bake you're getting in the way of what the host is trying to get finished.
*Show Up on Time - Let the hosts have those first ten minutes of the party be their last ten minutes of finishing touches. Besides, who wants to be the first one there anyways? It's always best to be fashionably late.
*Double Dip - It's flu season! Get yourself a personal plate or get outta there!
*Serve to the Underage - At a corporate party? Probably stay away from helping your underage sibling get a buzz - it's not worth the risk of losing your job. At a family party? Leave it up to the parents.
*Pay Attention to the Shoes Clues - Are all of the shoes around the front door of your family member's newly white carpeted house? If so, hopefully you've got cute socks on! If everyone at the work party is staying a few feet from the dance floor and a few inches off the ground because of their heels, you probably should follow suit. If you can't stay in your seat when your favorite song comes on, at least save the dramatic effect and don't kick your shoes off!
*Cause a Scene - If you accidentally walked into a political debate or any other promisingly uncomfortable conversation, don't cause a scene. Politely disagree and try to change the subject or just walk away - is that your phone suddenly ringing? How convenient.
*Stay on Your Phone All Night - Speaking of phones, don't be afraid to step out from behind the screen. Don't be that person that hides behind their phone all night, in fact get on the other side of the device and take some pictures with everyone!
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