The holidays are a busy time of year filled with holiday parties. The etiquette surrounding parties can be tough to navigate for even the most social butterfly.

Be an excellent guest by following these 8 holiday party rules.


It’s important that you let the host know if you will be attending so she or he can properly plan. Showing up to a holiday party without letting the host know could result in stress and embarrassment. Lastly, let the host know if you will be bringing a plus one.

Ask If You Can Bring Anything

There is a good chance the host will decline your offer, but it’s always polite to ask. If they accept, ask your host what they would like you to bring.

Know the Details

Ask your host for the event details so that you don’t overstep any boundaries. For example, are kids allowed? Is there a dress code? You will want to be as prepared as possible. If you do not know the location of the party, ask for directions beforehand. 

Bring A Hostess Gift

You should always bring a gift for the host to show your appreciation. It doesn’t need to be expensive. We wrote a post on 10 unique hostess gifts for under $50 to assist you on your gift hunt.

Be Fashionably Late

While the invitation may say the Christmas party starts at 6 pm, we promise your host isn’t expecting you at 6 pm on the dot. However, you don’t want to show up extremely late. You won’t want to be more than 10 minutes late.

Respect the Dress Code

By respecting the dress code, you are respecting the host’s vision for their party. If the host intended it to be an ugly sweater Christmas party and you show up in cocktail attire, then you are not being considerate of their wishes.

Know When to Leave

Pay attention to what time the party ends. If the invitation does not say, you will need to ask the host while you are asking for the party details (see above).

Thank the Host

Before leaving, make sure to tell the host how great the party was and say thanks.

Always remember that you want to leave any holiday party having made a great impression on the host. Doing this will earn you repeat party invites and ensure that the cheer of the holidays stays joyful for everyone.