11 Party Etiquette Tips to Make you the Perfect Guest
Organising a gathering, be it a casual mingling of friends or a formal dinner party, is stressful. If you’ve already read our blog with Etiquette Tips For Hosting a House Party, you know that your hosts will have invested time and energy in making everything as welcoming as possible. So, it’s important that as a guest you contribute to making the evening a success.
Below, we’ve gathered the top party etiquette tips to make you the perfect guest, one who’s always welcome to social gatherings.
Impeccable manners for party guests
A considerate person will always respond to invitations within a few days of receiving them so the host can plan ahead. It’s unacceptable to ask who else is invited before accepting, unless there’s a serious concern which the host might be unaware of.
2. Grand entrance
If you’ve been invited to a seated dinner, you must arrive on time. In all other cases, you can be fashionably late but anything over 30’ is rude. Avoid is arriving early, unless you’re very close to the host and have been asked to help.
3. Appearances matter
You don’t need to fret about what to wear if you’re just going over to your mate’s to watch football. Otherwise, you should make an effort and our collection of tuxedos and lounge suits can inspire you for any occasion.
4. Extra baggage
Whether you can bring someone else along depends on the circumstances. Always check with the host and remember that it may be hard for them to say no but equally hard to accommodate, especially if it’s a small affair or seated dinner.
5. Host gifts
Never show up empty handed. Wine and chocolates are always welcome, along with flowers provided the host has enough vases to keep them alive. Never bring food without asking though, especially if you’re invited to a meal.
6. Don’t be difficult
Don’t drink too much or wipe out the buffet, don’t start arguing with other guests or your spouse and don’t ambush the host with dietary requirements. If you have a genuine medical condition, notify them in advance and offer to bring your own food.
7. Give a helping hand
Offer to help the host but don’t take over from them. Besides, help can be all sorts of little things, e.g. keeping lonely guests entertained, taking part in any proposed activities and following the host’s instructions on seating arrangements.
8. Don’t strike a pose
When it comes to social media, take your lead from the host: if they’re not sharing snaps on Instagram, neither should you. Also avoid tagging people without asking them first. Thankfully, our suit jackets come with inside pockets so you can keep your phone out of sight.
9. Red wine stains
Although it rarely happens, and even if it does the experienced host will be chilled, you should offer to rectify or pay for any damage or spill you cause.
10. Time to go
Again this largely depends on how well you know the hosts but, if the party is dying out, don’t stay around to read it its last rites. Very close friends can stay after everyone else has left to help tidy up or have a quieter chat.
11. Thank the host
Etiquette dictates that the host should be thanked twice. Once on your way out and then again the following day via call, text or email. In formal occasions, it’s still customary to follow up with a handwritten note.
Etiquette isn’t meant to make your life unbearably complicated. Most etiquette tips are actually common sense that make shared experiences smoother. People who’re polite and thoughtful are well liked and, therefore, desirable company. So, follow our suggestions and watch those invites flood your inbox!