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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hosting a party

It's the holidays. The perfect time to host and attend parties.

Like other socialites, my parents are known for their parties. Tonight they host their annual Christmas party.

This event has been in the planning for months in advance. The catering, beverages, and music were selected and purchased weeks before tonight. Indeed, they are masters in event planning and superb hosts.

For us not-so-socialites and socialite-wanna-be's, I gathered a few tips from Austin Woman and Austin Nside magazines that may help in planning your next event:

1. Plan your event early. Send invitations that includes all the important information they need to know about the event;

2. Prepare a guest list. If it's a corporate party, prepare your coworkers of business clients attending the event;

3. Think of the logistics of the event--hosts, time and day of the event, food, beverages, music, etc.;

4. During the event, greet guests warmly and make good introductions; and

5. Address inebriated guests accordingly.

If you are attending a party:

1. It's better to overdress than underdress. If you are unsure, contact the host about what to wear;

2. Introduce yourself to others and mingle.

3. Avoid gossip and controversal discussions;

4. Keep your right hand available for handshakes;

5. Have enough business cards available; and

6. Don't drink too much.

You can find the full articles and complete tips HERE and HERE.

Sources: "Hosting Holiday Parties," Sharon Schweitzer, Austin NSide Business, November / December 2011, Pg. 29; "Party Etiquette," Jan Goss, Austin Woman, November 2011, P. 102

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