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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...
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