We probably all have a party story to tell—one where things went horribly wrong because of something an invited guest did or did not do. And while you’ve certainly never held the role of the unthinking guest, below is a list of dos and don’ts that will have everyone talking about your party skills—in a good way.
Do pace yourself with your alcohol consumption if you’re party hopping. You don’t want to be the subject of conversation the next day because of antics that started with a little too much to drink at the first party, and then definitely too much to drink at the next. Have a plan for moderation AND a drive home.
Don’t come empty-handed to a dinner party. Bring a small host gift. Although a big bouquet of flowers might appear to be generous, a small bouquet that can easily be placed in a Mason jar is a lot easier for the host to handle. If you know the host is a foodie consider specialty olive oils, homemade treats or a bottle of wine.
Do be prepared in case the host of the party has a no-shoe rule and forgot to mention it. You may want to get a pedicure if you come sockless in your pretty party shoes. Or, if you’re wearing boots with socks, make sure you’re sporting a pair that you’re happy to show off.
Don’t arrive to a dinner party with hunger pangs. You don’t know when the host will have food ready, and you most definitely don’t want to drink on an empty stomach. It’s always good idea to eat a little something before you go. A piece of fruit and some nuts or half a sandwich could get you by until dinnertime.
Do put effort into having a party-ready outfit that shows respect and honors the dress code, if there is one. Plan your ensemble well in advance of the party so you aren’t doing any last-minute panic shopping or—worse yet—calling the host and canceling because you think you have nothing to wear.
Don’t arrive late to a dinner party. The host has a set time frame for when they would like to serve the meal. Don’t keep them waiting. If the party format is an open house, your arrival time isn’t as critical. But showing up at the last minute is tacky. You may think your entrance goes unnoticed, but it doesn’t.
Do keep your fragrances to a minimum. Not everyone loves your perfume or cologne. In fact, some people are allergic to fragrance. Be mindful of the other guests and consider going without a scent altogether.
Don’t wipe lipstick off using your host’s cloth napkins. Consider wearing a lip stain instead of a lipstick. Or have some tissues in your purse or pocket. Use them to dab your lips before they touch the linens. You can always reapply later in the powder room.
Do offer your assistance if you bring a complicated dish or dessert to share. Help serve your dish if presentation is especially important to you. Don’t make this the job of the host.
Don’t be the guest that never goes home. Unless you are staying the night at the host’s house, think about your exit plan and execute it in a timely fashion once the party has begun winding down.
The most wonderful time of the year… if you have your #LBD.
The Little Black Dress. A classic that never gets old. It is always a good choice and appropriate for most all occasions. The #LBD can be easily adapted to the event, occasion or your style personality. I took one of my little black dresses and paired it with items I already owned to create 3 totally different looks to inspire you this holiday season, whatever your event or style personality. My hair, make up and simple earrings are the same for each look.
I started with a little black dress I found at a local thrift store for $20, paired it with a small crystal drop earring, the perfection foundation to create each of these looks!
Casual Style: You have a holiday party this weekend but you would rather show up in jeans and a plaid shirt. You like to be cozy and comfy. Pair your little black dress with a pair of flats – the red adds a pop of colour & glam for the season, take a blanket scarf, fold it in half to create a triangle then drape the scarf around your shoulders, pull over slightly to one side toss excess over that shoulder and hold in place with a safety pin or brooch.
Classic Style: Any chance to dress up and you are in! You like understated style, sophisticated and elegant. Bring on the pearls, layer up long necklaces and add a chunky bracelet. Hosiery is sheer black, medium height black pump and a soft coloured clutch add that air of interest to your classic look.
Street Style: You are anything but average and don’t mind standing out in a crowd. Your style is edgy. Why would you wear anything but black? Add a choker, leather/ faux leather jacket, patterned or fish net stockings, kitten heeled booties and a studded clutch for the win.
This is my niche – my zone of brilliance. I live for re-working the pieces I’ve already got. Sometimes I’m surprised by the hidden gems I find in my own closet. I hope you feel inspired this holiday season to test out your #LBD and play a little dress up in your own closet.