On The Best of this Life, we often talk about being the perfect hostess and how to throw a darn good party – but today, I’d like to join Blue Mountain in sharing some pointers about being a good guest.
Oh, one might think that it is suffice to simply “show up”, but dear readers, that one would be mistaken.
There is more to being a guest than arriving on time – however, DO arrive on time. Major brownie points are lost when you are much too early or far too late! Blue Mountain has compilled some excellent tips to help you be a total star on the holiday party circuit this year. You can read all about attending a holiday party as a guest here: bluemountain.com/blog
And here are a few of my Dos and Don’ts for being a good party guest:
- DO RSVP in the manner requested by your host. For example, if you receive an evite and there is an RSVP button, click it and accept or decline. If you received a formal card in the mail, with a reply card – by all means, fill it out and mail it back.
- DON’T send a text message the day of the event to let the host know you are on your way or you’re just not going to make it. By the day of, it’s just plain rude.
- DO show up on time. A little fashionably late doesn’t hurt, but make sure you are not holding up the festivities and letting food get cold.
- DON’T show up early, while your hosts are showering and getting ready.
- DO ask if you can bring something. If your host declines, bring something anyway – even if it’s small. It’s a nice and thoughtful gesture.
- DON’T let that something be an extra guest. Unless cleared by your host in advance, don’t show up with a plus one – they may not have accounted for it (food, drinks, seating…etc.)
- DO talk, connect, converse. Be lively! Make the rounds and speak to new people.
- DON’T sulk in the corner. Even if you don’t really want to be at a party, be courteous and kind. You can always excuse yourself early, but at least you won’t be remembered for a bad attitude.
- DO acknowledge the food, decor, music. Tell you host what a lovely party it is or how amazing the food was.
- DON’T ask for a doggy bag. If your host insists on sending food home with you, that’s different.
- DO say thank you! Send a card or an email, depending on how formal the event. It’s always nice to be thanked for hosting a party.
So, I hope you are ready to be the perfect party guest! Or maybe you’ll stick to hosting the perfect party? Either way, Blue Mountain would love to make your holidays extra special with a $250 Visa Gift Card! You heard right party-goers, Blue Mountain is generously giving one lucky reader of The Best of this Life $250! Wouldn’t that buy a stunning party dress?
But it doesn’t stop there, Blue Mountain is also giving away a membership to bluemountain.com – where you have access to eCards, printable cards, online stationary, post cards and more! They have an exquisite selection of cards to choose from, and of course thank you cards as well, just like we talked about! Enter the giveaway in the widget below and best of luck to you!
[disclaim]Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. Giveaway ends 12:00am EST January 1st, 2015. Prize will be delivered directly by Blue Mountain.[/disclaim]
The Best of this Life is part of Blue Mountains Holiday Campaign and as such received special perks (like sending lots and lots of free thank you cards!).