Inviting or being invited is one of the most common situations we usually encounter, especially when it’s a holiday season. Whether you are living in Ayala Land properties or any other real estates, you can always host a holiday party and invite your friends over. However, if you don’t have any idea or knowledge of what you should do to achieve a successful party, navigating modern party etiquette can be tricky.
Some of you here might have experienced hosting a party while others usually get invites from his/her families and friends. Ok, let’s be honest here! There will always be some flaws in the party that we tend to notice. You may notice it before, during or after the party. But if you are one of those people who don’t want to hear some bad impressions from your guests, below are the things you should know about modern party etiquette.
Do take invites and responses seriously
When you invite someone, or let’s say, someone invited you, it’s a pleasure for you to have. Of course, that means the person who is inviting you to want your presence. They want you be there and attend to the said party. That is why, you should also be serious when it comes to your response. If you are sure that you will go, then you have to inform the host, for them to know that you are going. And if you can’t attend due to some reasons, then you should properly and politely decline their invitation.
Don’t arrive early
Arriving earlier can apply to work or school, but when it comes to parties, arriving too early is a no-no. Of course, you don’t want them to feel pressured and frantic in their last minute preparations since you are already in the venue. Moreover, when they feel pressured on wrapping things up, they tend to forget something. And perhaps, that something is important. Well, for you to avoid these kinds of situations, you better arrive close to the said time. Of course, don’t be late; you might miss the most important moment of the party.
Do come bearing gifts, but don’t make more work for your host
When someone invites you, it is common sense that you bring gifts. You can have a table book, a bouquet of flowers, a basket of fresh fruits, nice and scented candles, good-smelling soap, and anything that you think that the host wants. However, you also have to make sure that you don’t have to scramble around the place to plunk your plastic-wrapped gifts. As a guest, you also have to be mindful of the things that you should do, for as not to disappoint the host.
Do offer to help
This! Ok, let’s be honest! Not all of us here tend to offer a helping hand to the host, agree? Sometimes, we just tend to enjoy watching movies or chatting with some friends, without realizing that the host is too busy with the things that need to finish. Well, if you are a good guest, it is also common sense to offer some help if you notice that he/she is busy. If you help, things will get done easier and faster. Well that, thanks for your help. And mind you, guests who help are appreciated.
Do offer an alternative to alcohol
When you host a party, you have to remember that not all of your guests and visitors are into drinking alcohol. Of course, it is also your duty to have some drinks aside from the beer that you have. You have some iced tea, or even make some delicious cocktail drinks for non-alcoholic guests. With that, they will enjoy more the party without worrying about getting drunk.
Do keep the bathroom well stocked
When there is a party, you also have to expect that your guests will use the bathroom. That is why, you also have to consider having it well stocked. If you think that a particular toiletry is getting empty, then you should replace it with a new one. Moreover, it is also your responsibility to keep the bathroom clean for your guests.