Big corporate events or holiday parties have a ton of finger food and free drinks — two things that can easily make you look like a fool if you're not careful. These tips will help you keep it classy and stay composed.
In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, three event experts from the Hotel On Rivington in New York City, New York — special events captain Quron Booker, director of events Anna Vagner and special events bartender Nicole Levinne — weigh in on the dos and don'ts of special events and work parties. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before you head to that big soiree:
- Do know your order before you even go to the bar, which is good advice no matter where you're drinking.
- Do tip your bartenders if there's a tip jar. Pro tip: Throw in a big tip at the beginning of the night so you don't have to think about it again.
- Don't flag down servers for hor d'oeuvres, and don't stand by the server entrance waiting for them to come out with a fresh tray. Wait for them to come to you.
- Don't grab more than one hor d'oeuvre at a time. Grab an item, eat it, then take a napkin. There's no need to set down your drink. If the item has a skewer, feel free to place it on any hard surface or in the trash.
- Don't order shots at the open bar, especially at a corporate event.
- Don't set up shop at the bar or buffet table and block other people from ordering drinks and getting food. Get some food and drink, then get back in line when you want more.
Now that you know how to act, don't forget to dress properly and talk to the right people when you get there.