The holiday season means different things to different people, but for most of us, it’s a time when the party invitations pile up. And while everyone loves getting together with friends, family and colleagues, there always seem to be a few guests who put a damper on things for one reason or another.
It goes without saying that a little etiquette is appropriate in social situations, but clearly some people simply miss that memo. Here are seven types of party guests that are wildly unpopular — if you’re one of them, consider this a wake-up call.
The one who can’t eat anything
There’s nothing wrong with being a vegan … or Paleo … or gluten free … or any other eating plan you choose. But informing the hosts beforehand or, at the very least, bringing some snacks to share will keep you from being “that guest” who stands around looking sadly at everyone’s plates of food while loudly stating that they can’t eat anything there.
It is, of course, perfectly fine to have a few adult beverages at a party … you’re even allowed to get a little tipsy, especially on an occasion such as New Year’s Eve. But there always seem to be a couple of guests who take things way too far and get sloppy drunk. Don’t be one of them.
We get it. You love life, and you just got a promotion and bought your dream house and have more passport stamps than anyone else. Tone it down a little — no one likes a bragger.
Maybe these people are a little socially awkward, or maybe they just don’t have enough adult conversations in their lives. But for whatever reason, all they want to talk about is how they slept, what they’re eating, or anything else that’s incredibly dull.
The Negative Nelly
The Negative Nelly is the opposite of the bragger, but somehow just as annoying. Nothing ever goes right for them, and they’re determined to bring everyone else down.
For some reason, every party seems to have a guests that stays long after the party should be over. They’ll ignore all social cues and pour another drink as you do the dishes and yawn.
Unless you’re 100% certain everyone at a party agrees with you (and, to be honest, that’s extremely rare), you should never bring up politics at a party — but someone always does, and it’s always awkward. It’s just best to avoid anything controversial.
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