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Wine is fine when you’re in a pinch (just ditch the liquor-store bag, OK?).
However, if you have a moment to plan in advance, try something that’s a bit out-of-the-box. We love the idea of bourbon-spiked maple syrup for Pancake Sundays or a 12-bud ceramic vase that makes flower arranging a cinch.
Check out our gift guide for more ideas.
Master the counterclockwise trick.
First, enter the house. Give the hostess her gift and let her take your coat. Next, walk into the party room and make your way around the perimeter until you hit the drink table (jackpot). Fix yourself a cocktail and, should you be alone, try to scope out another single soul. If you can’t find someone to talk to, continue slowly around the perimeter until you see an opening in a group chat.
Which brings us to our next point. Is there anything worse than mindless chitchat?
Our tip? Come prepared. Brush up on some buzzy topics like Serial or celebrities with crazy birth names. Also, focus on the story instead of simply answering the question.
John: “Seems like snow’s on the horizon.”
Jackie: “Oh, yeah. Hey, have you heard about the app that lets you call a plow on demand?”
Contrary to popular belief, the whole “pop, fizz, spill everywhere!” method isn’t exactly the way it’s supposed to go.
Instead, a soft burp is the proper technique.
Watch our video to see how it’s done.
If you don’t want to get lipstick on your glass (and, really, who does?), here’s an easy trick.
Simply lick the edge of the glass quickly right before you take a sip.
Just can’t shake ’em? Try this.
Point to your almost-empty glass and utter the words “To be continued...” This should buy you a moment to breathe, and hopefully give your clingy relative a chance to latch on to someone else.
Trying to eat a jalapeño cheese ball while also holding a Manhattan and attempting to shake hands with your boss’s husband? Not good.
Here’s how to avoid it: Don’t come hungry. Visit the mozzarella balls only when there’s a lull in conversation, and when you do, pop and depart. If you must carry a plate, try holding it in your left hand with your glass (like so). This frees up your right hand for handshakes.
If it’s that kind of party, you might need to brush up on your moves.
Luckily, we teamed up with an expert.
Introducing Sione Kelepi and “How to Vogue.”
The pieces of the holiday puzzle are finally coming together.
But one thing’s still missing. Introducing our eight secrets for navigating the party scene. Here, we equip you with clever little tips for escaping Cousin Tommy’s long-winded story about his plight with a U-Haul, as well as avoiding smudged lipstick on your New Year’s Eve Champagne glass.
Study up. Your social calendar is begging you.
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