It is often said that a great party centers around a gracious and organized host. However, when you are invited into someone’s home it is also important to be a gracious guest. Simple etiquette is an absolute must when attending a party. To behave otherwise is ungracious and rude. Here are the top ten manners when attending an event

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  1. Chew with your mouth shut.
  2. Avoid slurping, smacking, blowing your nose, or other gross noises. (If necessary, excuse yourself to take care of whatever it is you need to take care of.)
  3. Don’t use your utensils like a shovel or as if you’ve just stabbed the food you’re about to eat.
  4. Don’t pick your teeth at the table.
  5. Remember to use your napkin at all times.
  6. Wait until you’re done chewing to sip or swallow a drink. (The exception is if you’re choking.)
  7. Cut only one piece of food at a time, and eat slowly.
  8. Avoid slouching and don’t place your elbows on the table while eating (though it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while conversing between courses.)
  9. Instead of reaching across the table for something, politely ask for it to be passed to you.
  10. Always say ‘excuse me’ whenever you leave the table.
  11. Never ever look at your phone while eating at the table, and be mindful about using it while guests are mingling – it appears unsocial and rude.
  12. Control your alcohol consumption. You are there to socially relax and mingle – not party like a sorority girl.
  13. Be tactful and polite when speaking to guests, and avoid hot topics like politics and religion unless that is what the party centers around.
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