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Tis the season for brushing up on party etiquette

Bringing a gift for the host and not drinking too much are both ways to have good party etiquette. (Flickr photo)
Bringing a gift for the host and not drinking too much are both ways to have good party etiquette. (Flickr photo)

Reported by Nich Johansen

As the snow begins to cap the mountains and malls begin the onslaught of Jingle Bells, holiday parties are in full swing. As party invites fill your Facebook feed, it’s important to not fall victim to the vodka-fuelled, tearful voicemails and table-dancing while blowing liquor flamethrowers from your mouth.

While the term party etiquette may bring up thoughts of English folk holding their pinkie finger out whilst drinking tea, adding a touch of class to the drunken debauchery might just convince friends and family not to hold that intervention they’ve been planning.

Socialize with sophistication

Diane Gordon is the founder of Etiquette Essentials, a program that teaches how to “socialize with grace and sophistication” according to their website. She had some simple party tips to secure another invite for next year.

“Arrive to the event on time, “ Gordon said. “A good guest will bring a hostess [a] gift.”

Gordon also said it’s important to keep the topics of conversation civil.

“A party is not the place to bring up your personal problems or political issues,” she said.

Limiting alcohol consumption is key

Some Langara students said alcohol intake could be a contributing problem when it comes to etiquette at holiday gatherings.

“If you drink to the point where you start crying then that’s probably a bad thing, especially if it’s a work Christmas party,” said Halie Miller, a student at Langara.

Gordon agreed alcohol could lead to some unwanted reactions or actions from people.

“People make a fool of themselves … some of them get physically hurt,” Gordon said.

Nadeen Whitcutt, Langara family sciences student, said she has had to babysit her friends before when they drank too much.

“I’m usually the one taking care of everybody so I usually see a lot of that kind of stuff.”

Moderation seems to be the key to avoid being the topic of gossip at the water cooler.

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