I thought it was time to turn around from host to guest in this blog so I am writing about how to be the perfect guest. These top 5 tips to being the perfect guest may be obvious to many of us but it’s always good to be reminded from time to time so here goes…
1. RSVP EVERY TIME
If you are invited to an event or party it is considered good manners to let the host know if you will be attending whether they ask for your rsvp or not.
2. ARRIVE ON TIME
Don’t be early, don’t be late! You should never arrive early to a party (unless you need time to be seated or the like, e.g. wedding) as the host will likely be busy preparing up until the last minute. You should also never arrive late as it can be viewed as impolite and may delay the sequence of events your host has planned. 5 minutes before to 10 minutes after the set time is considered acceptable for a home function, 30 minutes early for a wedding is a good guide.
3. BRING SOMETHING
It is customary to bring something when being invited to a home or event. If it is a special occasion such as a wedding, birthday or house warming you can bring a gift. A bottle of wine, baking or a plate of nibbles are all acceptable when being invited into a home.
4. BE SOCIAL
In most situations there will be other guests you don’t know. Mingle and introduce yourself, especially to those close to the host, you can share how you met or what common interest you have. Most hosts are afraid their different networks won’t gel together so prove them wrong and go outside of your comfort zone.
5. LEAVE ON TIME
Know when it’s time to leave. If you leave too early your host may feel you haven’t enjoyed yourself and if you stay too long you may overstay your welcome. When other guests start to leave, the host begins clearing up or when the music stops are some good signs to say that the event is over.