Parties and events often present us to a large number of other people. Whether its business or social, having the right manners will ensure that you present the right image to your fellow party goers and to the host. After all, its only polite to have the great dining etiquette!
The first thing to remember is that you should always RSVP for a Midland or Odessa special event. Not only is it polite, but it allows your host to prepare properly for your attendance.
Always remember the rules of the event. Dont ask for a tour of their house unless its a housewarming event. If the invitation specifies you and a guest, dont ask if you can bring children too. When they intend to invite you and your family to attend the occasion, they will likely specify this in the invitation. Gifts are nice, but refrain from presenting something overwhelming that can distract others. You dont want to make other gift-less party goers to feel awkward or left out.
Keep any effects, such as paperwork, gifts, or purse in your left hand so that you are ready to shake with your right. While most people are right-handed, you will occasionally encounter a left-handed shaker, but you always want to present a polite image that you are friendly and ready to interact with
everyone. Please and Thank you are extremely important, as are, Yes maam, and, Yes sir. These expressions are especially important for the younger crowd, to aid in maintaining a polite stance.
When waiting for others to sit down and join you at the table, unfold your napkin and place it in your lap. When youre done eating, place it to the left of your placement. Finally, when you leave the table, place the napkin on your seat. Silverware is important at a social event, so if youre confused about what to do with all the shiny, just work your way from the outside to the inside, or watch the host.
Tips are nice when you get special or unique service, so have a couple of dollars ready to make a caterer feel appreciated. Chatting on your smartphone or staring at it as you surf the web while others converse around as a group can be extremely rude. Avoid entertaining just yourself. Instead, use your phone to create conversation or creating interaction with fellow party goers. Also, refrain from applying make-up or brushing your hair in public. It can be distracting to other party goers.
And always remember that when dining at any West Texas event, its okay to take the last piece of pie, only be sure to ask others if they want it first.