78. Don't be Tardy to the Party
In the United States, people love to throw
for many reasons. Of course there are the
birthday parties, but some people even have parties
celebrate divorces! No matter what kind of party
are going to, it's a good idea to
sure you are actually invited. It's considered rude
just show up unless the host, the person
the party, invited you. You will either get
paper, email or verbal invitation to a party.
, you can also go as a guest of
else invited, like as his or her date.
invited, it is very important to let the
know if you are actually going to show
. Many times hosts have a party catered that
other people who prepare the food. They need
know how much food to have. Letting them
if you are showing up or not helps
host and is considered polite.
It's also important
be relatively punctual for a party. Most parties
the U.S. never start exactly when they say
will. Many people like to be "fashionably late",
is, showing up about 30 minutes after the
is supposed to start. People like to do
to make a big entrance. Showing up more
30 minutes before or after is considered rude
. If you show up too early, you are
to interrupt valuable preparation time of the host.
you show up too late, you are just
Even if it is not a birthday
, it is polite to bring a gift for
host. It doesn't need to be a fancy
. A bottle of wine or even flowers is
and will be appreciated.