How to be a great guest at holiday parties

It's a crazy (read hectic) time of year! You are on everyone's "yes" list and the next month is jam packed with friends, colleagues, family and oodles of chances to "see and be seen". You have booked your appointments at Dry Bar and Blushington and are ready to dress to impress.

All that is left is to be sure that you are a guest that everyone will want back next year. Here are a few tips that will ensure that you are still the "it girl" in 2104 and beyond

Be on time. I am a fan of making an entrance as much as the next girl, but you don't want to leave your hostess panicked that her party will be a flop. Arrive on time, and even more importantly- LEAVE on time. There is nothing worse than the last few guests that overstay their welcome. "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here". A great host will never ask you to leave, but that does not always mean they want you to linger. Body language is usually a great indicator. Anything other than them begging you to stay is a sign your Jimmy Choos should hit the bricks.

Don't drink too much. Trust us- we are not party poopers, and we love to have fun. However-no one wants to be remembered as "that girl". My favorite trick is to be sure to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic bevvie. This will slow you down, and help you to feel and look better the next day- BONUS.

Don't show up empty handed. Your host has dedicated a great deal of time and money to be sure you enjoy yourself. A small gift is appropriate. If you know them well, then something personal is great. Otherwise stick to things that would have broad appeal. If they are drinkers, a nice bottle of wine or champagne is appropriate. Remember that this gift is for them, so don't bring your fave and then ask for it to be opened- super tacky. I am also a fan of items like personalized hand towels, notecards, etc.. It just so happens that we at Simply Mox can help with those if you need it! No matter what- do not bring anything that requires work, aka flowers that need to be into a vase.


Send a thank you note. Let me be clear- an email is NOT OK. When you think of thank yous, think of 3. It should go out with in 3 days, and be 3 lines. Thank them, mention something specific that you enjoyed, and then reference something in the future. Quick and lovely.

Remember that it is not all about you. If you know that you have some very specific dietary requirements, tend to them yourself. Eat before you go and just be social. The same applies with drinks. If you are a bourbon lover, but they are only offering beer and wine, just go with it. 

Other than that-hold your drink in your left hand so you can always meet someone new, ask people questions about themselves (don't just yammer about yourself), and knock 'em dead!