It’s the holiday season, which can mean only one thing: It’s party time! Whether it’s a holiday soiree, a small get-together, or a fabulous New Year’s fete, knowing how to navigate a party with ease and grace is crucial. If your mailbox (or should I say inbox) is flooded with celebratory invites, then this is a must-read for you. Ladies, I present to you the Proper Party Girl Commandments:

Your Arrival

  • Thou shall arrive within the first 30 minutes.
  • Thou shall seek out the host and graciously thank them for the beautiful party.
  • Thou shall provide the host with a small gift such as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates.
  • Thou shall introduce thy guest upon each introduction.
  • Thou shalt not bring any unexpected or uninvited guests. Sorry party crashers.

Matters Concerning Drinking

  • Thou shalt not drink excessively.
  • Thou shalt avoid mixing drinks.
  • Thou shalt not present thyself as a hot mess.

With Regards to Eating

  • Thou shalt not overeat.
  • Thou shalt not double dip. Ever. Ew.
  • Thou shalt not walk around with multiple hors d’oeuvres.
  • Thou shall toss used napkins and toothpicks in the trash.
  • Thou shall check for leftovers in thy teeth before engaging in conversation.

Terms of Conversation

  • Thou shalt not corner anyone into a conversation the entire night (unless he’s cute).
  • Thou shall avoid topics pertaining to business and other potentially unpleasant matters.
  • Thou shalt not complain.

The Departure

  • Thou shalt not ‘pop in’ to the party for 10 minutes and leave.
  • Thou shall bid the host adieu if it is an intimate gathering. However, if it’s a big party, thou shall quietly leave instead.
  • Thou shalt not overstay thy welcome. (Don’t linger… It’s creepy.)
  • Thou shalt not ever leave a birthday party before the cake has been served.

What’s the biggest party disaster you’ve ever witnessed?

XO Lauren

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