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Social Graces: Invitations and RSVP

     There are just some things that never go out of style and those include good manners and social graces. These are a few tips that will ensure you present your best foot forward at your next event. Remember the golden rule, to do unto others as you would like them to do unto you, and you’ll always be gracious and thoughtful.

RSVP: Be a good guest. When you receive an invitation, reply immediately. Don’t put it aside until later. Give your acceptance or regrets. You may something like, “Unfortunately, we have a conflict in our schedule and will be unable to attend, but thank you for inviting us.” Or, if you are able to attend, you may say something kind such as, “I’ve just received your invitation and I’m delighted to attend. Is there anything I can bring? I’m looking forward to it.” Then put it on your social calendar immediately, so you won’t forget.

Be a good host: Invitations may be made by phone, email, or by mail usually no less than two weeks in advance. This allows people proper time to put it into their schedule and make necessary preparations.
Greeting guests:  Greet your guests at the door and make sure they feel a warm welcome. Don’t rush your guests. Take their coats or show them where to put them; get them something to drink; introduce them to earlier arrivals and make sure they are well into conversations and mingling successfully before you leave them.

Saying Goodbye: 
If you leave early, say goodbye to your host, but leave quietly so as not to break up the party early. When leaving a large party (over 40) it isn’t considered rude not to say goodbye to the host; instead, call in the morning or write a thank-you note to thank your host for the evening.

If someone has been nice enough to ask you to dinner, it is thoughtful to phone the next day or send a thank-you note within a few days.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you make sure you are kind, thoughtful and socially refined.

Copyright © 2008-2015 Debbie Reynolds Harper

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