Being a good guest (at a party, a dinner, weekend house guest or otherwise) involves a good balance of class and manners. Follow these simple rules to get invited again and again:
- If a hosts requests you RSVP, DO IT. They need to know.
- As an overnight house guest, bring a gift upon arrival. A case of good beer, a bottle of their favorite liquor or cigars show your gratitude to the host opening his (or her) home. If the host is female or married, a potted candle or soaps score some kudos. Banana Republic and Pottery Barn have offer accessible, inexpensive choices.
- If you’re not a great conversationalist, be prepared with some light topics. News, sports, entertainment and local events are always great conversation starters.
- Say, “Thank you.” – A LOT
- Man up if you happen to break something. Tell the host right away and offer to pay for it.
- At a party, a fantastic guest is never the first to arrive, nor the last to leave. Discreetly thank the host before you depart.
- If you’re not feeling well, don’t go. No one wants to catch your cold or listen to you whine about your sinus headache.
- If you don’t want to go to a party, politely decline (or pretend with #7). Don’t lead people into thinking you’re attending when you have no intention.
- If invited to a seated dinner party, always ask the host where they’d like you to sit.
- Be sure to talk to several people, not just the extremely attractive hottie in the corner.
- Hand written thank you notes score major points every time.