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The Art of Being a Gracious Guest This Holiday Season

FILED IN: Education, Holiday & Seasonal

Posted By: Jamie Kutchman

Taking a break from holiday gifts today to discuss how to be a great guest over the holidays. Whether it be holiday parties, work gatherings, or staying over at a family member's home for the holidays, we have you covered. After all, you definitely want to be invited back!

Hostess Gifts

It's probably no surprise that, as an artisan gifting business, we believe in the art of the hostess gift. But in all seriousness, it's never good to show up empty handed when someone is being generous enough to host you. Fresh flowers, a bottle of your favorite wine or a curated gift box like this one, the Hostess With the Mostess Gift Box from our 2016 Pre-Designed Gift Collection, it's always appreciated.

curated-gift-boxes-client-corporate-gifts1 Image: Laura Metzler Photography


It might seem like no big deal whether you, being just one person, shows up or not. But to the host or hostess, the final count is something they stress over the entire time while planning an event. It affects seating, food, drink, just to name a few. Make sure you send in your RSVP as soon as you receive the invitation. If you're not sure of your availability upon receiving the invitation, make a note of the RSVP date in your calendar and make sure to come back to it. It really is THAT important.

marigold-&-grey-launch-party-gifts Image: Krista A. Jones Photography

Lend a Hand

Towards the end of the get-together, if you see the hostess beginning to clean up, offer to lend a hand. If everyone chips in just a little, it takes the heavy burden off of the host or hostess who has already prepared and set up the entire gathering. A little bit of help goes a long way and is always appreciated! Clearing plates, emptying the trash, or offering to package up some of the leftover food are all great ways to chip in.

holiday-gift-boxes-marigold-&-grey Image: Krista A. Jones Photography

Don't Overstay Your Welcome

If everyone is long gone and you're the only one left, chances are it's a good time to say your goodbyes and head to the door. Remember, the planning and set-up began long before any of the guests showed up so the host or hostess may be exhausted but not wanting to show it. In other words, don't overstay your welcome! It will be much appreciated.

Hope these tips have to you feeling confidant in your guest game! And remember, when in doubt, you can't go wrong with a hostess gift!

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