Be courteous to guests who spill a drink or spoil a soufflé or break some China.
The festive season calls for loads of parties for friends, family and even colleagues. But an office party and a party thrown for close family and friends have very different social protocols. From the party invitation to the location and the food, office party etiquette can be quite tricky. Here are some etiquette rules to keep in mind when organising a party for your colleagues.
First of all, when you want to invite your colleagues for a party, either at your place or a pre-booked banquet, make sure to put RSVP on the invite to be sure of the number of people who will be able to make it. The invites should be distributed at least a week prior to your date.
Opt for physical invites if you are hosting the office party on a bigger scale. Emails or phone calls can be the mode of communication for a more informal gathering.
A day prior to the party send across a message or call your guests to remind them about the party. Also send across the location and time details at that time.
The location and food
Decide on a party theme in keeping with the kind of guests you have. Décor and colour combinations can then be decided accordingly. An hour before guests are scheduled to arrive the décor and set up should be complete.
When it comes to the party menu, special dietary preferences should be considered.
The bar should be away from the food section and you must ensure one help for every 10 guests.
Good ambience music can lift up the mood of the guests. So don’t forget to pay attention to the playlist for the evening.
Take care to ensure the cleanliness of the restrooms.
As a host, it’s up to you to greet everyone, preferably with a handshake or a hug. Introduce yourself with your full name or last name if you don’t know them personally. Do not use your title.
Introduce most of your guests to everyone so they can mingle and be comfortable.
Offer drinks and appetizers to guests immediately when they meet you.
As a host or guest, always keep your drink in your left hand, so that you can avoid wet shake hands.
Sure you have a set of colleagues you are close to, but make sure to circulate and spend time with everyone who has made it to your party to show them you respect their time and make them feel special.
Keep conversations more general so that everyone can participate. Personal conversations can be done on the phone or in person later.
Be courteous to guests who spill a drink or spoil a soufflé or break some China. Mistakes can happen with anyone.
Before your guests leave, thank them for coming and walk them to the door at least.
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