I am so guilty of this. I get an invite and am so excited that I’ve already begun planning and arranging my schedule to attend. Minor detail: I forgot to RSVP. It’s not the end of the world, but when it comes time for the host to plan a menu and know how much nog to buy, it’s helpful to have accurate numbers.
It’s just weird. We’re all adults here, and everyone has a few bucks they can pull together to bring a little something. Remember throwing a party is expensive, so bringing a little something with you, whether it’s food, wine or a small gift, is always appreciated. Here are a few quick ideas I pulled together to make you look like a party rock star.
Let’s review what this actually means: It’s acceptable to arrive up to 20 minutes after the party's start time. Thirty minutes or more, and now you're just late — don’t be that person. And unless you’ve already spoken with the host beforehand, certainly don't show up early. That can throw off the host's schedule and prep completely.
Sometimes the host of the party is running around throughout the event and barely has time to enjoy herself. By offering to help, whether it’s pouring drinks or disc jockeying some tunes, the host might actually be able to relax and join the party.
Before you leave, obviously thank your hosts for their hospitality. If you want to take it a step further, drop a note in the mail. Not that kind of person? I totally get it. How about texting or emailing — Emily Post cover your ears — a funny pic from the party the next day with a short message? It’s quick and easy, and I can guarantee any host will love it.
Here's to a happy and fun holiday season with friends, family and loved ones.
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