With holiday parties fast approaching, many may be wondering just how late “fashionably late” really is. Here’s the scoop.
First off, it depends on the event. If you’re going to a wedding, a funeral, or a business meeting, you never want to be late. But for holiday parties, most etiquette experts believe that guests should arrive within a half hour of the appointed time.
Miss Manners writes that the window is actually about 20 minutes. She also writes that she doesn’t really get why anybody wants to be late to a party. “You get to talk to the hosts, you don’t have to forage for food and drink, and you have an excuse for being the first to leave.”
Ask Men argues that it’s far worse to show up early than it is late. “It’s common knowledge that being fashionably late will contribute in garnering you attention. But thirty minutes late should represent a barrier you don’t want to cross. There’s a reason the host asked you to come over at a specific time and complying shows that you are a courteous individual. Never be early.”
Indeed, that seems to be the big tradeoff. If you come to a party on the late side, you might appear to be kind of cool. But you might also run the risk of there being no more food or drinks.
What are your thoughts on when to show for holiday parties? Right on time? A little bit late? Or way late? Please leave a comment below.
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