Do you have a friend who is well meaning, but a tad unrefined when it comes to proper party etiquette? Perhaps she hails from a culture where entertaining isn’t fraught with formalities. Or there isn’t a distinction in the style of gatherings? If so, then this partyjeanie post should serve you well.
With the summer season in full swing, socializing is a priority and no one wants to be left off the invitation inventory. Over the course of the next few posts, a new dilemma will be dished, dissected and discussed. By observing (and for some adopting) the following party participation tips, you will be on the top of everyone’s A list.
- No matter how causal the affair, it is always good form to bring a small token of thanks for the hostess. Wine is generally appreciated, but do not expect to drink from your gift. It is intended for the party-giver to enjoy and most likely an experienced one will have the beverage menu planned and prepared.
- Flowers and plants are lovely and should always arrive arranged or potted. Even the most relaxed entertainer will be consumed with details and guest introductions, which leaves little time to tend to your deli bouquet. An impressive gesture is to send an arrangement the day prior with a note expressing how much you are looking forward to the event. Or the flipside is to plan for a floral delivery the following day as thanks for an enjoyable evening.
- A practical and treasured treat might be your favorite book on entertaining. If it means something to you, then it will speak volumes to your host. Difficulty in deciding what to give a host who has everything, then bring something for the child or pet of the house. These underrepresented recipients will be thrilled and delighted which could guarantee your placement on the next guest list.
Do you have a favorite or go-to gift? If so, please share with the partyjeanie readers! Although there are a few more installations planned for this segment, if you have an issue or gripe that you would like explored, I would love to incorporate it into the post.