Playing the role of a guest may seem like the easiest thing to do. All you need to do is deck up and reach the venue. But what takes you from being just another guest to being a courteous one are a couple of eloquent etiquettes. Keep these things in mind when you head for New Year Party 2016:
Always RSVP: It takes a lot of effort to organise a house party. From food to furniture, the host takes care of the smallest details. The least you can do is RSVP the host and let them know about your presence. In case, there is a change in plan and you cannot make it, inform him/her about it immediately.
Thank the host: A gift serves as a gesture to thank the host for all the pains they have taken to organise the party. From wine to some home accessory, the options are endless. And, don’t forget to thank the host when you’re leaving. This may seem like a given, but it is one of those things that we often forget or take for granted. In fact, you can even call him/her the next day and appreciate them for being such a fantastic host. A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ on the very first day of the year will do you a lot of good and also make someone feel special.
Offer a helping hand: If you’re at a house party and see the host doing it all, without the help of a maid, help him/her with little things, such as bringing out the plates, serving the dishes, etc.
Keep the host informed: In case you’re planning to take care of the dessert or any part of the meal, do inform the host about it, so that there isn’t too much of anything.
Drop the fusses: If you’re at a house party, where the spread of dishes could be limited, don’t fuss around with what you like and what you don’t. The host has put in a lot of efforts (yes, even if he/she has simply ordered the food, it does require a lot of thought in finalising a party menu), so don’t be rude by fussing over things.
Drink sensibly: It’s good to enjoy a happy high, but be careful that this high doesn’t cross a limit wherein it gets uncomfortable (think, nonsensical blabbering, loud tones, etc.) for the other guests and probably even for your partner. In case you have some colleagues around, be doubly careful. Remember, you need to see them at your workplace the next day.
Don’t drink and drive: Whether you’re at a house party or an outdoor one, drinking and driving is a big No-No. Today, a number of cab and rent-a-driver services are just a click or call away; keep these numbers saved in your phone. Act responsibly.
Socialise: Parties that see people forming groups is always unwelcoming. Standing quietly in a corner is also impolite. If the idea is to be by yourself, you’d rather stay at home, get cosy in your bed and read a book. When you’re at a house party (or, in fact, even with a group of people outdoors) mingle with the crowd. By doing this, you are also taking one big stress off the host’s head. You cannot expect him/her to take special care of you and ignore the rest.
No shop talks, please: If you’re going out in a big group, which has a mix of people, right from office colleagues to childhood friends, avoid speaking about just one topic. Neither do your childhood friends want to listen to what’s going on at your office, nor do your office colleagues want to only know about your crazy childhood adventures. Maintain a balance in the conversation.
Don’t be a party pooper: In case the party (house or outdoor) has a theme to it, please don’t spoil the mood by turning up in casual clothes. You wouldn’t want to feel awkward and also upset the host and other guests from the very first moment.
This article has been written By Benaifer J. Mirza
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