HOW TO BE A WONDERFUL GUEST
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.