Whether you’re invited to Christmas drinks at the neighbours or have scored an invite to the hottest Christmas party in town, being a gracious guest is just as important as being a fabulous host. After all, you do want to make sure you get invited to the next party!
So here are our Top Ten Tips for being the perfect Christmas Guest:
10. Aways RSVP. If you don’t do this, you’ve failed at the first hurdle. It’s very difficult to plan things like food or gifts if you have no idea who is coming. Even if it’s just a quick phone call, text or email, do let people know if you can or can’t make it as soon as possible.
9. Turn up on time. Obviously this depends on what sort of party it is, so make sure you have all the details. If it’s a dinner party obviously you need to get there at the right time as you don’t want to arrive half way through the main course.
8. Take a gift. It’s not mandatory, but it’s a nice touch. A nice bottle of wine or chocolates is always welcome. Or if you’re feeling a little more creative, how about some homemade mince pies, a Christmas tree ornament or a Christmassy candle?
7. Be social. At the party, don’t just stick to your friends or people you know, branch out and mingle. Christmas is a time to let your hair down and have a bit of fun. Make new friends and spread the Christmas spirit.
6. Have fun and be merry but it’s a good idea not to drink too much. Just because there’s free alcohol, it’s best not to get too blasted, so know your limit. You can still have fun but it’s best to avoid a sore head the next day and perhaps some embarrassing memories.
5. Compliment the hosts on such a nice party before you leave.
4. Don’t over stay your welcome. If the hosts are in their slippers and cleaning up bottles, don’t hang around unless you are going to help do the dishes.
3. Send a “thank you” note. This is not mandatory, but something that is so unexpected and nice when you receive. If you don’t have time to write one, at least pick up the phone, text or email.
2. Make sure you know how you’re getting home. If you’re drinking and need to leave your car, make sure that’s okay with your hosts. Just make sure you’re not blocking in their cars if they need to get out first thing in the morning. Likewise, if you’re going to be out in the countryside with no mobile reception, make sure you’ve already arranged a pick up with a local taxi company.
1. Most importantly, it’s Christmas… be jolly and have fun!