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‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

Anna Hennings |

Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each.

Food & Drink

Though the following suggestions may sound like common sense, some always seem to forget the simplest manners in the heat of the moment and excitement.

Both eating and drinking should be done in moderation — even at your friend’s holiday party, but especially at company-sponsored ones.

The consequences of drinking too much will indeed outweigh the short-term feeling of ease, or the amusement and thrill of being tipsy and doing things you would not otherwise do. You don’t want to be ‘that gal’ who can’t stand stably in her stilettos, or who is making inappropriate comments to the wrong people, or who reveals too much too soon to the in-laws.

Food-wise: To keep in line with your classy manner, you want to avoid taking all the snacks or buffet food in one fell swoop. Sample the offerings, and go back for more if you must once everyone has had a chance to sample, as well.

Bottom line: don’t hover over the food. And don’t linger in front of the open bar. You do want to be invited back next year.

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