The key is to be authentic. Do not lie. I have heard too many stories of people saying they had to go call the babysitter only to be caught minutes later by the conversation dumpee yukking it up on the other side of the room.
Holiday dressing is all about stepping up one's style; adding a dash of flash, a higher heel, some sequins and a bold, red lip. But, the plethora of party dress codes has confused legions of ladies. Can one wear fishnets to an office celebration?
In support of future cocktail parties, I've put together a top 10 list of dos and mostly don'ts for your next cocktail party. For some it's mere social, common sense while sadly for others it's actual, hard-hitting news.
"You should always eat before because you never know what's going to be served. You should try to avoid sauces because they usually have cream and butter. You should also avoid doughy items like pretzels."
Canapés are a classic cocktail-party offering. They look great on a tray, are easy for guests to pick up and let you combine interesting flavors and ingredients in one quick bite. But they are a royal pain to make.