Etiquette 101 :: Invitees

The holiday season is well under way, and hopefully all of you aren't too stressed out! I thought it would be helpful to point about a few etiquette rules, due to the mass amounts of gatherings and parties happening in the next two weeks. Treating everyone with respect and courtesy is vital year-round, but is especially important during this time of year.  Here are Ms. Emily Post's top etiquette tips for invitees. 

Tips for Guests:
  • All hosts, family or not, love a suprise gift.  Bring a present to show your appreciation for your host and their event.
  • Be willing to pitch in.  Instead of asking how you can help, take the initiative to volunteer to do a specific job like loading the dishwasher.
  • If you offer to help and the host firmly declines, back off--some people really don't want guests in their kitchen.
  • At family get-togethers, don't let nosy questions upset you.  Deflect rudeness by changing the topic: "You're right, Uncle Jim, I was thinner last year. How 'bout those Steelers?"
  • Traveling as a guest? Use this rule of thumb: Three nights is usually plenty.  Spell out arrival and departure times well in advance so your host isn't left guessing.
What are your own etiquette rules for guests that you follow? I hope these help!  
With all that Life has to offer,