10 Ways to be the Perfect Guest

What you need to know before accepting your next party invitation

We’ve all seen celebrities behaving badly, but have you ever shown less than model behavior at a cocktail or dinner party? Accepting a dinner party invitation is the first step towards being a gracious guest, however model behavior goes well beyond an R.S.V.P. and bringing a hostess gift (even if it's cockroaches). You need to know what is expected of you. Just because you have amazing dancing skills does not mean you can dance on tables. And even though Charlie Sheen has knocked back all that booze doesn't mean you should, too.

Ensuring that you'll be welcomed with open arms at your next cocktail or dinner party (and then invited back) is really quite simple if you're familiar with a couple of common social graces. Don't put a damper on the dinner by bringing your bad day at work along with you. And try to be punctual. Don't blame bad traffic for your late arrival (when we both know it was because you couldn't decided what to wear). And even though you are the guest and didn't make that mess in the kitchen, lend your host or hostess a hand when cleaning up.

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