The season of socializing is upon us, so brush up on how to be a great guest.
RSVP and ASAP
Reply to invitations within two days of receipt. In today’s busy world, people often delay in responding. If your schedule is pending, simply let the host know that you are trying to finalize your plans and will advise as soon as possible.
Bring a gift of appreciation.
When visiting someone’s home, select a thoughtful gift with a personal note of appreciation. Opt for an orchid instead of cut flowers, so the host is not taken away from guests to find a vase. Your memories and the orchid will last long after you have gone.
Participate and be present as a guest.
When accepting an invitation to any event or holiday gathering, you have made an obligation to contribute to the gathering through your personality, wit and charm.
Be a gracious tablemate at mealtime.
If you or your child has a limited culinary palate, it’s polite try at least one bite. We never say, “I don’t like this” or “I don’t want this,” even if we don’t care for the food we are served.
Always express sincere gratitude to your host.
A prompt, handwritten note is the ideal response to a gift or any thoughtful gesture extended your way. Learning the four parts to writing a proper thank you note turns an unpleasant task into a fun and creative writing activity.