How to Be the Perfect Party Guest

Are you a good Party Guest? Do you want to be on everybody’s Guest List? Here are some tips to make sure you are always in the party circuit.

  • Keep to the dress code indicated by your host. Inappropriate dressing is awkward for everyone.
  • When you are invited, accept or decline within a day or so of the Invitation.
  • If you have food restrictions or are on a diet, inform your host accordingly, or bring your own food and quietly hand it over to the host.
  • If cancelling after accepting the Invitation give at least a days notice to your host. And have the courtesy to do so personally. An SMS message at the last moment is very impolite.
  • If for some reason you have to bring some uninvited guests, please inform your host well in time.
  • Arrive on time so that your host isn’t worried about you and you don’t hold up the evening for the others.
  • Make an effort to mix with everyone. If necessary, introduce yourself to people you don’t know.
  • Take a gift to show your appreciation. Take something that your host will like and give it discreetly. Flowers are always a good option.
guest rules
  • Don’t drink more alcohol than you can comfortably hold. And do not drive if you have had too much to drink. Ask for a taxi to be brought or ask for a friend to drop you home.
  • Start your meal when invited by the host to do so. Don’t assume it’s alright to eat last or later, as your host will be waiting for you.
  • If you spill or break something, apologise properly but don’t over fuss and let the host deal with it.
  • Don’t get into any unpleasant argument with another guest.
  • Don’t provoke anyone with an emotional response. And if you have been provoked, try not to show your emotions. It is just courtesy towards the hosts.
  • Don’t take your children for a party unless they are especially invited.
  • If they have been invited, make sure that they are properly behaved. Your children are your responsibility. If they make a mess, you should clean it up.
  • Thank your hosts warmly for a nice time and add a few words of praise for the evening.
  • Send an SMS or preferably call the next day to thank them again. It adds a personal touch.
Krishna Sahai
Krishna Sahai

Krishna Sahai took voluntary retirement as a senior Commissioner of Income Tax of the Indian Revenue Service to follow alternative paths. A multi-talented person, she is a trained Bharata Natyam dancer and has also published a book on the subject. Krishna has imbibed the old traditions of Avadhi culture from her family and is concerned about preserving the vanishing cuisines of India. She consults on financial and business matters apart from running a not-for-profit organization.

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