(Original story published on Friday November 21st, 2014 on HGTV.ca.)
If you’ve ever hosted a party, you’re well aware of the pressure, responsibility and stress that comes along with trying to make it perfect. And, as a guest, you could be making it even harder for the host, and not even realize it.
But, there are little things you can do to help the soiree run smoothly. Follow these tips to ensure you’re invited back to the next one.
Scroll down to see the ten signs you’re a bad party guest, or view the entire slideshow at HGTV.ca.
Whether you’ve been invited by card, email, text, or phone call, be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. And, if you accept the invitation, you must attend the event.
If it’s a dinner party, share any allergies and dietary needs in advance. Consider offering to bring a dish that fits within your needs to save the host the hassle of having to come up with and make a new dish.
Whether you’re all old friends or are welcoming newbies into the group, take pressure off the host by mingling with everyone.
When you notice something that needs to be done, pitch in! It could be refilling the chip bowl, or asking if the host needs help bringing dishes to the table. Just be sure not to get in the way.
Well, this one’s a little tricky. At a small, intimate gathering, it’s rude to leave without alerting the host. But, if it’s a large party, it’s actually OK to leave without saying goodbye to the other guests. Why? Because having to make your rounds explaining your reason for departing to everyone can be a total downer. Interrupting guests to tell them “you’re tired” or you have to “get to another party” isn’t polite. So if you’re at a big, boisterous party, consider this your permission to just sneak out of there.
Depending on how formal/informal the bash is, it’s always nice to follow up with a card, email, text or call with a “thank you” to let the host know how much fun you had.