ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style Decorat Ing -

1. Do as the host asks Re­ply­ing to the in­vi­ta­tion as soon as you can is a good start. You will have been asked to ar­rive at a cer­tain time – see that you do.

2. Ask to be in­tro­duced Guests can of­ten be left to min­gle by them­selves nowa­days, which can be a strug­gle – so be proac­tive and give the host a nudge. 3. Don’t fall into the small talk trap Ask the per­son you’re speak­ing to their view on a re­cent news topic – this gets away from the dull ‘what do you do?’, ‘how did you get here?’ open­ers and presents an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press per­son­al­ity.

4. Be at­trac­tive to oth­ers Those who make an ef­fort to look nice con­trib­ute to a party’s suc­cess – but be­ing at­trac­tive is also about your mood; to have a friendly de­meanor is to be a good guest. 5. Don’t try to ‘make an im­pres­sion’ Par­tic­i­pate in oth­ers’ con­ver­sa­tions rather than tak­ing the lime­light. Make sure you are be­ing inclusive and re­mem­ber to cir­cu­late. Think of it as be­ing a player in a team game.

6. Say good­bye gra­ciously Find the host and thank them. Slink­ing off in the hope they won’t no­tice is the height of bad man­ners.

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