With Style and a Little Grace: Proper Party Etiquette

Proper Party Etiquette

It's the beginning of the Holiday season and with that comes the fun and festive Holiday parties. It is such a fun time of year to put on a sparkly dress, get all dolled up and socialize with your friends and family. Whether it's a small family gathering or a huge Christmas shin-dig, it's important to know the proper party etiquette. Here are my top 7 tips to be the perfect party guest this Holiday season. 

DRESS UP - This is the one time of year that you really get to go all out: sparkles, glitter, fun bright festive colors. It is such a compliment to your host to make the effort. 

RSVP - Always respond to your invitation within 3 days. ( I have been guilty of forgetting this one in the past). If you have something come up, make sure that you notify the host/hostess that you will not be able to attend. 

ARRIVE ON TIME - This does not mean early, the hostess is probably running around trying to get things ready and doesn't want you there 15 min early. Arrive when the party starts or within 15 minutes of the start time. 

GREET YOUR HOST//HOSTESS GIFT - Seek out the host when you get to the party and thank them for inviting you. Bring them a bottle of wine or some type of gift. Sometimes I like to do fun Holiday candles. Introduce your significant other or friend you bring with you to the party to everyone. Speak/introduce yourself/your guest to everyone at the party. 

COCKTAILS - Everyone loves a good Christmas cocktail but know your limit and don't drink excessively. No one likes a lush ( learned these lessons in college). Avoid mixing drinks and stick with the same thing all night. 

FOOD - You want to make sure you grab some type of hors d'oeuvres, but be sure not to overeat. Standing around the buffet all night is not a great call. Be sure to throw away all your utensils. 

DEPARTURE - You should not be the first or the last to leave. Make sure that you stay at the party for at least 45 minutes, even if you only have one cocktail. Be sure to make the rounds saying goodbye to everyone and thank your host/hostess for a lovely evening. 



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  2. Love everything except "departure". I am a fan of The Irish Exit.

    1. Haha that one does have it's usefulness! ;) Love it!