It’s Holidays and raining parties. But going to a formal party, like if your boss has hosted a party at his place or a high class party, is not same as going to your friend’s party. Rules change. And before you know your party etiquette can define your image in the group.
To help you out here’s a list of some widely accepted social etiquette for a party.
- Ladies, do not wear too revealing clothes. Actually a LBD is just perfect for any party arrangement.
- Men, wear a jacket. It can cover up both for the overdressed and the underdressed side.
- When in doubt, overdress.
Gift for the host
- Beverages can be a good idea. But do not take just one bottle. Take two. One will be over before you know.
- Scented candles are a good impersonal gift.
- Flowers combined with wine.
- Dessert in adequate quantity.
- Don’t get stuck to a single person or a particular group for too long. Talk to as much people around you as possible.
- Do not flirt. They are your colleagues and there are chances that you’d get caught-up in a situation.
- Do not keep checking your mobile phone while someone is having a conversation with you. It’s one of the rudest things to do.
- Refrain from talking about religious and political subjects. Choose lighter topics as these less likely to end you in controversy.
- Keep one hand free to be able to shake hands as you meet people along.
- Do not wish people things like “merry Christmas” until you are absolutely sure about the person’s religion.
Moderation is the key
- Drink in moderation
- Eat in moderation
- Talk in moderation
After the party gets over, you must thank the host/hostess. A hand written card would be classic, but sending a personal text on mobile phone would do the trick.