Chances are you mail box will be filling up with invitations to holiday festivities and office parties soon! Here are a few of the things I learned from Etiquette and Protocol Expert Colleen Rickenbacher at our Feather Your Nest Luncheon last week!
-Always reply to an invitation with in three days of receiving it!
-Arriving fashionably late has gone out of fashion! Never arrive right on time but try to enter a party about five to fifteen minutes after the starting time.
-Obey the 45 minute rule for cocktail parties. Be sure that you appear for at least 45 minutes at a two hour party. It is perfectly fine to "party hop" but make sure you spend enough time at each event.
-It is a known fact that most guests at a party first hit the bar, then the buffet, then their own friends. Make a rule that you will always greet your host before you go anywhere else.
-Always carry your glass in your left hand so that you can shake hands with the new people you meet!