Holiday Party Etiquette

We dressed in our holiday finest last night for a good friend’s Christmas party, and oh what fun we had! It was a cold and rainy winters night, so walking into their cozy home all aglow with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and cheerful chatter of party guests warmed us right up. We talked with old friends and met some new friends as well which is always a treat. Great conversation, lots of laughter and delicious food and cocktails capped off what was a truly special evening.

Since I know so many of you are attending holiday parties and dinners this week and through the end of the month, I wanted to share a few tips on holiday party etiquette. I think it’s always helpful to brush up on etiquette, especially this time of year when there are so many social engagements. And so, here are my tips and I wish you all happy holidays!

 

Holiday Party Etiquette

RSVP: While this seems like a no-brainer, so many people forget to RSVP – life is busy! But out of respect for the host, it’s best to always RSVP as soon as you receive the invitation.

Bring a hostess gift: It can be a fabulous bottle of wine or champagne, flowers, yummy chocolates, a candle, the list goes on and on. We brought some of our favorite peppermint bark cookies to the party last night, as we knew both our hosts and their children would love it!

Greeting the host: Be sure to greet your host upon arriving at the party, and also thank your host and say goodbye before you leave. It’s common courtesy, and takes a matter of minutes! While some people believe in “ghosting” or leaving a party without mentioning it to their host, I think if possible, it’s always best to say thank you and bye.

If you have the sniffles: FOMO is real, however if you’re sick stay home! You won’t have fun at a party if you’re under the weather, and the other guests will likely try to keep their distance if you’re coughing and sneezing. Be considerate of your own health and others if you find yourself sick the day of the party. And if you do fall ill, be sure to let the host know ASAP.

Be a social butterfly: Of course it’s great to chat with familiar faces at holiday parties, but try to introduce yourself to some new people as well. You never know who you will meet and what fabulous new friends you’ll make!

Remember your table manners: Whether it’s a sit down dinner or cocktails with a buffet of appetizers, remember the basics – chew with your mouth closed, use the proper utensils, napkin in your lap, etc.

Be a great conversationalist: Ask questions! This is how you get to know someone and create engaging conversation. Try and steer clear of politics, religion, and other topics that can cause tension. Also, come prepared with some current events in mind.

Say thank you: You can send a hand written thank you note, or even just send a quick email or text. Regardless, it’s always nice to follow-up and let your host know how much fun you had at their party.

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Christmas is 10 days away dear readers! We’ve been savoring every minute of December, trimming the tree, baking cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, admiring twinkling lights, watching our favorite Christmas movies, and tomorrow we’re having breakfast with Santa Clause at the downtown Neimans – one of our most special traditions. We started this tradition when C was only 4 months old, and have been going ever since. We dress up, visit with Santa, have a delicious breakfast, and then there’s a little musical performance for the children. It’s so festive and such a fun activity for the whole family! Seeing Christmas through the eyes of the boys is so magical, and we’re loving every second, as we know this time in their childhood is fleeting!

I finished up most of my shopping today, and spent the afternoon wrapping packages and addressing a few final Christmas cards. For those of you who still have a bit of shopping to do (there’s no shame is last-minute gifts!), I wanted to share some of my favorite gifts for her, him, and the littles. With so many options out there it can be overwhelming, and so I created curated lists to inspire you. I hope you all are enjoying this special time of year with your loved ones, and happy holidays!