Be Our (Best) Guest

November 22, 2013 Ideas & Inspiration

There’s no social season like the holiday season! Schedules quickly get booked with holiday parties, office parties, informal gatherings and more. And whether you’re mingling with colleagues over cocktails or attending a friend’s white elephant gift party, you want to be a great, thoughtful guest for your hosts.

Here are some tips on how to be the best of guests:


Acknowledge that you received the invite and are excited to attend. Even if it’s just a casual get-together, let the host know you’ll be coming. They may have forgotten to ask for a head count – and no one wants to be that host who runs out of food halfway through a party.

Nonplussed One.

Don’t ever just assume that your invitation includes a plus-one. Before you throw away the envelope, look and see to whom it was addressed. Was it just to you, or to you and a guest? If in doubt, ask the host.

Dress to Impress.

Review the dress code for the event, in case you need to buy or borrow something to wear. And it’s usually best to err on the side of caution: if the invitation says, “Black tie optional,” go a little more formal just to be safe.

Have a Present Present.

Except for corporate events and low-key get-togethers with friends, always bring a hostess gift. It’s a great way to show your sincere appreciation. The gift certainly doesn’t have to be expensive; even a batch of homemade cookies says, “Thank you” loud and clear.

What are your tips to being a great guest? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!