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PARTY ETIQUETTES

— Konkana Bakshi

The holiday season is here! No matter what the theme is, from Christmas movie marathons to an intimate dinner or a mistletoe and margaritas themed bash, attending holiday parties adds to the joy of winters. So, no matter how the year has been for you, be positive and welcome the New Year with your best gracious self. Elevate the mood at the party and be a welcome sight to your host by observing these social etiquettes laid out by Savoir Faire Academy’s Konkana Bakshi:

 

1. RSVP. In today's times, hosting a party has become an extremely private affair. Your friends are inviting you with thoughtfulness so it's your duty to accept or decline within a day. Also, please don't show up to a party with a 'plus one' without informing the host!

 

2. It's always polite to bring something which could be a good addition to the party, like mulled wine or a home baked plum cake — in your own dish. This is important! If you're contributing food to the party, arrive with a suitable dish that can be set out on the table. Expecting your host to transfer the food to his or her dishes at the last moment causes stress!

 

3. Put away your cell phone, please. There are few things more rude than taking calls during a party or texting other friends mid conversation. Put your mobile phone out of sight and turn the ringer and notifications on silent or vibrate! Of course, an emergency is an exception.

 

4. Don't be a wallflower. A guest's job is to make the host happy you were invited. Making yourself comfortable in a corner with a few friends does not encourage a lively ambience. Be social and make an effort to introduce yourself to the people around you. Before you close the conversation, introduce your new acquaintance to someone they haven't met. Making an effort to be friendly goes a long way in building relationships and in making the party a success!

 

5. Post with caution. Before you start Instagramming photographs of the party, get the "go ahead" from the host. Though your intentions are good, it's polite to check if the host is comfortable. And, refrain from tagging guests without permission!

 

6. Avoid using the party as an opportunity to recruit business! And, please, don't pass out your business cards. Your host may disapprove and it'll possibly make guests uncomfortable too. Concentrate on making a good impression because you can always follow up later if you feel there could be a professional connection. A party is a great opportunity to meet people but a business rendezvous is a completely different ballgame!

 

7. Always meet the host to say goodbye before you leave. Leaving without saying goodbye is plain rude even if it takes time to locate the host in a huge gathering!
 

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Konkana Bakshi, Proprietor, Savoir Faire Academy
 
20-DECEMBER-2016
 
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