There is no shortage of information on how to be a fabulous hostess, but what about how to be an equally fabulous guest? There is definitely an art to being a gracious guest, the kind who gets invited back over and over again. With the holiday season in full swing, Marigold & Grey founder, Jamie Kutchman, is here to share some of her best tips for keeping your guest game strong. Her suggestions are below!
As a gift designer, it’s probably no surprise that I wholeheartedly believe in the power of a good hostess gift. It’s never good to show up empty-handed when someone is generous enough to host you. Fresh flowers, a favorite bottle of wine or a curated gift (try our Hostess With the Mostess gift box!) are all great options.
It might seem like sending a quick RSVP response isn’t important. After all, the hostess is planning the event anyway and one person doesn’t make a huge difference, right? But if everyone thinks this way, it’s impossible for the hostess to plan seating, food and beverages without the risk of having too much or too little. Make sure you send in your response as soon as you receive the invitation. If you’re not sure of your availability, immediately make a note of the RSVP date in your calendar and make sure to revisit it a few days before the due date. It really is that important.
Lend A Hand
Toward the end of the gathering, jump in and lend a hand. If everyone chips in just a little, it takes the heavy burden off of the hostess who has already planned and carefully prepared the entire gathering. Clearing plates, emptying the trash, getting a jump-start on the dish washing or even offering to package up some of the leftovers are all great ways to chip in.
Don’t Overstay Your Welcome
If everyone is long gone and you’re the only one left, chances are good that it’s time to say your ‘goodbyes’ and head to the door. Remember, the planning and set-up began long before any of the guests showed up. The hostess may be exhausted but is trying not to show it. In other words, don’t overstay your welcome! It will be much appreciated.
Send A “Thank You”
Drop a quick “thank you” note in the mail within a week of the event. If someone hosted you for an overnight stay, you may want to send a small gift of gratitude along with the note. Let the hostess know that her efforts have not gone unnoticed.
If you’re always the guest and never the hostess, it may be time to host for a change. If you’re worried that you don’t have a large enough home or your party-planning skills aren’t up to par, please don’t let that stop you! Time spent together with others is all that matters and people always appreciate a reason to get together. Relax and try it. You might surprise yourself!