Chances are you will be invited to someone's home to celebrate the holiday season. As a guest, it is important to be respectful and exhibit good manners and proper etiquette in the home of your host.
Part of the professional and social process is being able to understand how to be a proper guest and present oneself in a sophisticated and charismatic manner while enjoying a festive occasion.
Following these simple rules of holiday etiquette will ensure a smooth, enjoyable evening:
* Present your host with a nicely wrapped gift to express appreciation and gratitude.
* Limit the alcohol and avoid hard liquor. Opt for wine or sparkling cider.
* Think before you speak. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
* Don't hover around the buffet table, overload your plate, double-dip, talk with food in your mouth, or chew with your mouth open.
* Don't fuss over your food and taste all dishes served unless it violates your religious beliefs or health restrictions.
* Dress appropriately for the occasion. When in doubt opt to dress up rather than casual, or call the host in advance for guidelines on the dress code.
* Clean up behind yourself and respect your host's property and privacy. Use coasters or napkins when necessary and don't wander around the residence or tour areas that are restricted.
* Be considerate and don't overstay your welcome.
* Depart graciously by shaking hands and extending well wishes to the host and guests. Thank the host for his/her hospitality and an enjoyable evening.
* Send a handwritten thank-you note within two days to express gratitude for a lovely occasion and warm hospitality.