Everyone loves a good party. It’s all about letting you’re hair down and having a good time, right? True. But, even the craziest of parties have their do’s and don’ts. Here’s a quick checklist of party behavior that’ll be sure to keep you out of trouble.
Let’s start by explaining what these mysterious four letters at the end of every invite mean – “répondez s’il vous plaît”, meaning please respond. First of all, it’s extremely rude to not inform the host of your arrival or in certain cases, the opposite. So, it serves so right if you end up standing outside trying to convince the bouncer that your name is supposed to be on the guest list.
Of course, it goes without saying that one needs to be invited to actually go to a party. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? You’ be surprised. So, I repeat – being a gate crasher is not cool. You can try and bluff all you want, but it’s even more embarrassing if you get caught.
For heaven’s sake, dress accordingly. This means, no jeans to a wedding and no salwar to club night. And, if there is a particular theme, it wouldn’t hurt to show some sporting spirit. For beginners, at least try and incorporate touches of the theme. But if you’re feeling gutsy, there’s nothing like going all the way. You’ll definitely be remembered.
Don’t Be Late:
I understand being ‘fashionably late’, but I don’t see the point in arriving 5 minutes before the party winds up. Let’s be honest, by this point everyone’s too inebriated to remember if you were even there or not.
Quit while you’re ahead:
On the flip side – know when to leave. You might be having a great time but nothing is worse than having people who just won’t leave. Instead of being shooed out, take the hint. For those of you that need me to spell it out, that’s usually once the alcohol stops, the music dies down and the lights come on.
You don’t go to a party to meet the same old people you hang out with all the time. If it was, then why bother getting all dressed up when you can do the same thing at home in your pajamas. Mingling is important, especially if you like to network and it’s always fun to meet new people.
If the music is too loud and you either have to bellow or use sign language, keep conversation to a bare minimum. It’s not fun having to shout things right into someone’s ear. What works best is a couple of waves and lots of smiling.
At the Bar:
While alcohol is usually the star attraction at most get togethers; don’t drink like its going out of fashion. The only time you should be holding two glasses is if you’re fetching one for someone else. Also, it’s not cool to yell at the poor bartender who already has his hands full dealing with the rest of the intoxicated crowd.
So what are we waiting for! In the words of Robin Williams, “Let’s Party!”