I think we can all agree that etiquette is important; it says everything about you as a party host. We can probably also all agree that it is evolving every day along with our society.
Sadly, times are changing. Whether technology or our environment is to blame for these standards, there are a few that remain unchanged and vital to being the ultimate host. These are just a few tips I hold dear. No matter the party or occasion, here are some great tips to add value to your guests and save your party from falling victim to BORING!
Don’t forget about your guests! Of course no one “means” to forget about their guests. But, unfortunately, we get busy with prep and it happens. Remember your guests are bringing GIFTS, so take good care of them.
Five tips to keep your guests happy:
1. Greet everyone who walks through the door. If you have to delegate prep responsibilities in order to greet them, it’s worth it. DO IT.
2. Be intentional about greeting your guests throughout the party. Circulate your conversation from guest to guest to be sure they feel included and welcome.
3. Introduce your guests to each other. They may not know anyone. The host can sometimes be the only commonality among guests. Find another commonality between guests and share it with them so they have something to talk to each other about.
4. Offer guests a drink! No matter what drink you’re serving, it’s important to offer to get them one and show them to the drinks and let them help themselves. Offer to refill their glass if you see they are getting low. When planning food and drink items, be sure they are easily accessible. Make sure they feel welcome to dig in when it’s time to eat! Also, make sure there’s enough mingle room near the food; guests tend to hover around wherever the food is stationed.
5. Last, but not least: thank, thank, thank! Say thank you for coming when your guests leave, and say it in a written note too.
Bonus tip: As far as thank you note etiquette goes, you typically have about two months after a party, and 4 months after your wedding to send them out.
Karis Walker, Lead Stylist