Six Ways to Be a Good Guest- Part two

by Mirella "Lulu" Di Blasio

Six Ways to Be a Good Guest- Part two

August 15, 2018

In this two part series we will go through some tips from Emily Post’s book, Etiquette in 1922. Post was an American author famous for writing about etiquette. Part two are six ways to be a good guest.

Enjoy & let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

1. Tell your host whether or not you will attend

If you delay your reply, you could hinder the host’s planning and make it seem as if you’re waiting for something better to come along. It is thoughtful to thank your host for the invitation.

Checklist:

  • RSVP immediately, even if no RSVP has been requested
  • Thank your host for the invitation

 

2. Be on time

Punctuality means different things to people in different regions.

Checklist:

  • Do not arrive early
  • Arrive at or shortly after (fifteen minutes or less) the time stated on the invitation
  • If you will be late, call your host with an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)

 

3. Be a willing participant

When your host says that it’s time for dinner, go straight to the table. If you’re asked to participate in a party game or view Susie’s graduation pictures, accept graciously and enthusiastically no matter how you really feel.

Checklist:

  • Follow the lead of the host

 

 4. Offer to help when you can

Even if your offer is refused, your gesture will be appreciated.

Checklist:

  • Be specific when you offer to help (e.g. “I’d be happy to prep the salad or fill the water glasses”)
  • Offer to help with cleanup at the end of the night

 

5. Don’t overindulge

Moderation is the name of the game.

Checklist:

  • Avoid attacking finger foods as if you haven’t eaten in a week
  • Same goes for the pinot noir

 

 6. Thank your host twice

In fact, a written note is always appreciated—even after casual parties.

Checklist:

  • Thank your hosts when you say your good-byes
  • If the party was informal, thank your host by phone the day after the party
  • If the party was formal or given in your honor, written thanks are in order


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