Be a great guest

If you're a little rusty on how to be a guest who's invited back, here are a few reminders:

*RSVP - Let the host know if you're coming or not.

*Be prompt - It's gauche to be more than 10 to 15 minutes late to a dinner party or more than 45 minutes late to an informal gathering. Never show up early.

*Greet the host - If you've slipped into a large party unnoticed, find and greet the host before joining the festivities. Don't leave without seeking her out to say goodbye and thanks.

*Don't bring flowers - Not a firm rule, but flowers can put pressure on a host to find a vase and cut stems. Send them as a thank-you instead.

Source: 'Checklists for Life'

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