With the start of October, the holiday season is upon us! If you are like me, the next few months are your favorite months of the year. I love the buzz of excitement as folks pick out Halloween outfits, organize Thanksgiving plans, and plan out their holiday gift giving. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, closely followed by Thanksgiving (I mean who doesn’t love to eat), and Halloween is a close third for me.
But the holidays are not all about ABC’s 31 Nights Of Halloween, Hallmark movie marathons, and all the sweets and treats one could possibly want. The holidays are, quite plainly, a ton of work.
Costume decisions and creation take dedication.Thanksgiving meals don’t make themselves. Christmas shopping and prep work is a nightmare. Add in all the events you are expected to attend or even host and you can be left feeling worn out even before the big days arrive.
In an effort to help you manage and conquer the upcoming holidays, I’ve tapped into the knowledge of one of my closest friends Deanna Sult, to give you some party etiquette basics. Why? Because y’all need some manners and more because with everything else the holidays throw at you, the last thing you need is to worry about whether asking to bring a +1 is kosher. And TBH, good manners can mean the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life.
In today’s world social etiquette is lacking. Simple niceties such as writing Thank You letters are all but forgot, especially by millennials (myself included). I’ve been raised in the South and even my etiquette has a tendency to stop after yes sir and no ma’am. No fault of my parents, more a fault of societies shift towards a more laid back view on life. I’ve personally made a resolution to do better at being considerate because having good etiquette is all about the respect you show towards others and yourself.
I’ve teamed up Deanna Sult, who spent some time working as a Program Coordinator for an Etiquette Expert, to bring you 10 tips for acing your next party. Sult, my resident etiquette expert and who has covered everything from corporate and networking events etiquette to everyday social etiquette, wants everyone to remember that each situation varies and following the rules to the T isn’t the most important thing.
It’s not just about knowing which fork to use at dinner, it’s about having confidence in every situation. When you go into an interview there are tricks to demonstrating a more powerful and confident version of yourself. When you are eating at a formal restaurant with your potential in-laws you want to make a good impression and knowledge of dining etiquette helps you make the impression you want.
The thing with etiquette is that there are guidelines but no hard and fast rules. When you know the rules you can make educated decisions on which ones to follow for your lifestyle. -Deanna Sult
Kids at parties: If you are throwing an adult only party make sure to clarify that on the invite. Said invite needs to be sent out well in advance so parents have time to arrange for sitters. If you are including children in your festivities make sure that they have options for activities, food and drink.
Now take your new found etiquette and put it to work at your next holiday party, and let us know how it goes. Have an etiquette question? Comment on this post and we’ll send you in the right directions. Happy Holidays Folks!