Attending a Drinks Party

Drinking champagne at a drinks party

If you are a guest, you should always respond to an invitation punctually and if you accept, attend. Arrive in good time but avoid being early; your host may be thrown off course by having to entertain whilst making last-minute preparations.

However stressful your day has been, leave any anxiety at the door. You are here to enjoy yourself and to help others do the same. A drink will help you unwind, but be careful not to overindulge. This also applies to food; avoid stationing yourself by the buffet all evening, and never pursue a tray of canapés through a crowded room.

When engaged in one-on-one conversation, give the other person your full attention and be as lively and stimulating as you can. Never look over his or her shoulder for an escape route or a better offer. It is worth having one or two credible techniques up your sleeve to detach yourself from a conversation that is going nowhere.

Always thank your host warmly and follow up with a note of thanks.

SHARE THIS:

Home Life

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

getting ahead

getting ahead

Getting ahead

Getting ahead

From the very first interview to handing in your notice – follow these guidelines to help you stay ahead.

search now
Guide to Entertaining etiquette

Guide to Entertaining etiquette

Guide to Entertaining Etiquette

Guide to Entertaining Etiquette

Explore and celebrate the many British rituals, customs and traditions that punctuate the year.

buy it now
siblings

siblings