Holiday parties are upon us and being a good guest is critical. Earlier this week I shared 4 things you need to know about holiday host etiquette. Today I have gathered 5 holiday guest etiquette tips to make sure your the best guest you can be!
5 Holiday Guest Etiquette Tips:
This is extremely important! The sooner you RSVP, the sooner the host can start preparing for the dinner. Determining the amount of guests is important to the host because it determines how much food to prepare, how many food items are needed, how to set up and accommodate the guests, and more.
Arrive On Time.
Showing up on time is extremely important for parties. Most hosts have a certain time that they will begin serving dinner and arriving on time will ensure that the host can serve hot food to their guests. Be punctual says a lot about a person. Showing up more than 10-15 minutes is not okay. The host may be running a bit behind and entertaining guests before they are ready is rude. If for some reason you are going to be late, notify the host. This will keep the host from worrying and they are able to plan accordingly.
Offer Your Assistance.
After you submit your RSVP, ask the host what you can bring. Some hosts will prepare the whole menu while others will only provide the main courses or the items that need to remain hot. If the host is not providing the whole menu, they will often ask you to bring a side dish or dessert. Do so without hesitant. Another way you can offer assistance is when you first arrive. Ask the host if they need help with any final touches.
Enjoy everything in moderation. When snacking on appetizers, don’t over do it. There are other guests that are going to be partaking in the appetizers and the more you eat, the less they eat. This goes for the alcohol. Don’t be a lush if everyone else is sipping.
Bring A Gift & Thank Your Host.
Thank your host multiple times for opening up their home for you. Hosting a party takes a lot of work that most guests take for granted. Be sure to bring some kind of hostess gift as a thank you. Some hostess gift ideas include: a bottle of wine, a seasonal decoration, a candle, tea towels, etc. There are lots of guides on the internet that have suggestions.
What Every Guest Should Do:
- Always take a hostess gift if you are going to someone’s home.
- If it is a large party and your host is not at the door, work your way through the crowd and say hello to your host.
- Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to others, and shake hands when you meet them.
- If you are talking to someone and a stranger walks up, introduce yourself, then the person with whom you are talking.
- If you spill something, let the host know immediately, and offer to help clean it up.
- If you break something, let the host know. It is your responsibility to pay for the damage.
- Don’t bring a friend to the party unless you have checked with the host first.
- Always thank the host before you leave. Don’t just walk out.