The holiday season is upon us and, with it, come a myriad of parties. This year, do your part and be the best party guest ever... Just follow these tips from some of DC's top hostesses.
“The most important thing you can bring to a dinner or a party as a guest is your curiosity, your interest, an authentic hope of connection to another person. When you accept an invitation, you accept that you should participate, that you should bring an energy into the room that is affirming, that is caring, that brings the hope of cementing a friendship or building a new one. Most of all, remember to connect with your host, who has gone [through] the care and trouble to create an evening that brings people together.” –Mary Haft, writer and producer at Haft Productions
“My tip: Definitely eat the food. That’s what it’s there for!” –Giovanna Gray Lockhart, Washington editor at Glamour
“A handwritten ‘thank you’ is always appreciated. Make your greeting and goodbyes to the host/hostess sincere but brief. Don't RSVP the same day. Know when it’s time to go home Don't show up with an extra person without asking the host/hostess.” –Kristen Lund, philanthropist
“The very first step to being a good party guest is to RSVP and let the host know as soon as possible if your response changes. [Also], be interested in all the other guests. No looking over someone's shoulder for someone else–it’s not just rude, it’s bad character.” –Susannah Quinn, founder of Veluxe
“For my annual Christmas party: a fun, diverse group of people, great music, low lights and lots of alcohol. I love when people connect with someone new at my parties and I love for my guests to dance! I am obsessed with my playlists and very few parties have dancing anymore, but I love it! We all need to have more fun!” –Kimberly Casey, associate broker at Washington Fine Properties
“Be sure to respond to the hosts by the RSVP date on the invitation to help them with their numbers. If you have guests in town that you want to bring along, please ask the hostess if they can accompany you. And remember the old adage, 'guests of guests should not bring guests.' The holidays are a time to 'eat, drink, and be merry,' but remember to leave the party if you or your partner have overserved yourself. Be careful [about] parking on the hosts’ or neighbor’s lawns, and causing tire tracks or damage to their landscaping. And don’t forget your coat or wrap, or you might lose it permanently in the shuffle!” –April Delaney, Washington director of Common Sense Media