If parties make you feel anxious, or you just want to be a gracious guest, here are three simple points to keep in mind when you arrive. Sticking to them will make sure you get an invite back for the next dinner party.
The Kitchn offers several tips to be a great party guest, but they note that at all times, you should try to show these big three behaviours:
- Enthusiasm: Show how much you’re enjoying the evening by complimenting the host on the food, party theme, their home, and so on.
- Curiosity: Skip the small talk and ask questions to spark interesting conversations.
- Gratitude: As you leave the party, thank your host for inviting you. If you want to go the extra mile, send a handwritten note a few days later.
Of course, most of these apply to any gathering, whether it’s an informal get together or a fancy dinner party. Keep these three in mind for any events where your boss or others you look up to may be attending. You’ll have a go-to list of topics that will impress them and keep any awkward silences at bay.
5 Ways to Be the Best Dinner Guest Ever [The Kitchn]