How To: Be A Good Party Guest

On the blog we’ve talked a lot about how to host a party – but there are also a few things to keep in mind when you’re attending a party. Like - don't have too much to drink and fall into your hosts’ pool in your clothes.

Here are a few simple things to keep in mind to assure you're invited back to the next party. After all - you don't want to be THAT guy. 

Ask what they need

While it’s fun to host a party, it’s also a lot of work. Many times when your guests offer to bring something, it can help lift the burden of doing everything yourself. Be sure to ask the host what you can bring – whether it be a salad, app, dessert or a little wine.

Note: Too busy to actually make something yourself? There’s no shame in buying something at the store and putting it on your own platter. Nobody will ever know – and if they do, it’s likely that they’ve done this trick in the past, too.

Bring a gift

Hosting a party is a lot of work – so it’s always a nice gesture to bring the host a bottle of wine, a candle or a nice pack of stationary. Next time you go to the store, pick up a few things to keep on hand so when you’re attending a party – all you have to do is run to your closet.

Don’t get {too} sloshed

There’s a time and a place for getting sloshed at a party. If your friend is throwing a throw-back college-themed party with a keg in the garage, this might be an appropriate setting to return to your college-self. If it’s a dinner party for 10 people, it’s probably safe to say you should try and stay away from the vodka shots. 

Don’t arrive too early, or too late

There is a start and end time for a reason. It’s likely that hosts are party prepping up to the last minute, and/or getting themselves ready. It’s ok to show up on time, or fashionably late (up to 30 minutes past the start time). If you’re going to be much more than 30 minutes late, let your host know in advance so they can plan the correct amount of food and drinks.

Don’t bring a random guest, unless you clear it first

Hosts create guest lists and plan for their party based on those that have RSVP’d. If your cousin is in town from Boston, but you’d still like to attend the party – it’s likely going to be fine, just check with your host first.

RSVP on time

There’s nothing worse than when you have to chase someone up for an RSVP, or they cancel last minute. Make sure to RSVP, and stick to your plan. If something comes up last minute your host will likely understand – but don’t make it a habit.

Take photos

Many times the host will be too busy to actually take photos of their own party. Snap a few photos and send them later, your host will be grateful. 

Write your thank you’s

Despite what people might say, thank you notes are not dead. Actually, there’s nothing better than receiving a hand-written thank you card in the mail. People will notice when you don’t send one, and be very thankful when you do.

Most of all, remember how much work it is to throw a party, be sure to thank your host at the end of the night!