4 Rules for Holiday Party Etiquette
Tis the Season
The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the invitations for personal and professional festivities!
Who doesn’t love a party, right???
Most of us do! However, there are only so many hours in a day, and sometimes with all the other daily responsibilities during this already busy season, our manners are forgotten.
So allow me to remind you of a few simple rules of etiquette when it comes to the holiday party scene.
RSVP and Commit
As a person who has hosted MANY parties in my lifetime, I can tell you, the most frustrating thing about entertaining is not knowing who is, or is not coming. Please remember that your host/ hostess is putting lots of time and money into this event, and when he/she doesn’t have an accurate headcount, it makes planning very difficult.
So please … RSVP in a timely manner.
Remember it is always okay to say no, but once you accept, there should be no backing out unless there is a true emergency. And no … receiving a better invitation to go somewhere else is not acceptable.
Please do not bring uninvited guest unless the invitation specifically states, “you and a guest”.
And another BIG no-no … DO NOT bring your children if children aren’t invited. And DO NOT call and ask if your children can come. If the hostess wants children, she will state it on the invitation. Please do not put her/him in the awkward position of having to tell you that little Suzie and Tommy are not welcome.
Fashionably Late – NOT
There is no such thing as fashionably late. Especially at a dinner party or professional event.
Please be respectful and be on time. THE END
Bring a Host/Hostess Gift
A small gift for the host or hostess is always appreciated. A bottle of wine/liquor , box of candies, monogrammed napkins, a candle, a hand towel, etc. are small tokens of appreciation for being invited, and to thank the hostess for her hospitality.
***I buy small gift items throughout the year to have on hand for unexpected gatherings as well as planned events.
There you have it. 4 simple rules of etiquette that will ensure you get invited back next year!