Invitations, the dressing code, and smartphones, what the heck! Navigating modern party etiquette can be a challenging task for both guests and hosts. Keep in mind that even the most carefree parties always demand that guests and hosts meet certain expectations.
For instance, the host must always plan and organize everything while guests must rise to the occasion and be there on time. It doesn’t matter whether you are hosting or attending a simple business breakfast meeting or a dinner party, knowing what to do and what to avoid will make you a good host or guest. Here are some of the basic modern party etiquette tips that every host and guest should know.
If you don’t plan, then you are planning to fail. Make sure that you start your preparations early enough so that you have more time to spend with your guests on the actual day of the party. Take care while creating your guest list to avoid inviting too many people that you can’t accommodate.
Remember the fact that inviting the right people to your party or corporate event will always make it a success even if something goes wrong. Talk to your corporate catering experts to get everything ready before the guests arrive. Make sure that the meal is prepared, table set, refreshments available, and your party space is tidy. This way, you will feel relaxed from the beginning.
Do Take Invites and Responses Seriously
It is essential for hosts to understand that the party begins the moment you sent out invites. While doing the invites, be courteous and always send them out early enough for people to plan accordingly. You should also try to be specific and provide your guests with a clue about the level of formality that you expect. Indicate the party venue and how long the party will take.
As the host, you must RSVP as soon as you can. If your plans change along the way, be sure to inform the guests instead of failing to show up when they are expecting you. This doesn’t apply to invites only; you should also talk to your corporate catering company early enough so that you give them sufficient time to prepare for your event. It is good to over communicate than let something go unsaid.
Tell Your Host Whether You Are Attending or Not
As a guest, it is your responsibility to inform your host whether you will be attending the party or not, and do it immediately you receive the official invite. If you delay your reply, you could interrupt the host’s planning. Even if the host hasn’t requested, it is good to appreciate your host for the party invitation and let him/her know whether you will attend the party or not.
Arrive On Time
Punctuality is a complex word that means different things to different people. However, it is good to let the time indicated on your invitation guide you. Generally, make sure that you arrive at the venue fifteen minutes before or after the time that was stated in your invitation. Don’t arrive at the location too early or too late. If you feel like you will be seriously be late due to an unavoidable circumstance, call your host and inform him/her.
Thank Your Host
Always remember to thank your host before you say good-byes. Let them know that you sincerely appreciate their willingness to host you and you feel humbled. Remind them how great the party was and wish them well. If the party was organized in your honor, make sure that you have a written thank you note that you will read at the end of the party.