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Su­man Agar­wal, is an im­age ex­pert and Founder of the First Im­pres­sion Con­sult­ing Ser­vices. Here, she gives point­ers p on mind­ing your Ps and Qs when with com­pany...

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1 Why should I send out RSVPS?

Whether you is­sue a writ­ten or ver­bal in­vi­ta­tion, don’t for­get to in­clude an RSVP— by date, along with your con­tact in­for­ma­tion. Other­wise, you won’t know who or how many peo­ple are com­ing and your guests won’t know by which date they need to re­spond to your in­vi­ta­tion. The ideal time to re­spond to an RSVP is within 48 hours.

2 Can I bring a date to a for­mal event if my in­vi­ta­tion doesn’t say ‘ and guest’?

You should never as­sume that an in­vi­ta­tion for din­ner in­cludes a plus one. Your host may not re­alise that you’ve re­cently started dat­ing some­one or that you want to bring a friend. It is al­ways a good idea to in­form them well in ad­vance that you would like to in­tro­duce them to some­one, and the usual re­sponse to that state­ment is, “why don’t you bring her/ him along?”. For a for­mal sit- down din­ner, avoid this, as ta­bles and place­ments are usu­ally set.

3 Should I bring any­thing to a party?

Ar­riv­ing empty- handed is con­sid­ered im­po­lite. Al­ways bring the host­ess a gift. A bot­tle of wine or some­thing dec­o­ra­tive for the house. At an out­side venue a bou­quet of flow­ers is a good choice.

4 If a party starts at 8pm, what time should I ar­rive?

Never ar­rive be­fore time. Ei­ther ar­rive at 8pm on the dot, or take a 10 minute grace pe­riod. Be­ing late be­yond 10 min­utes is

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