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The How-To Lounge: Recover From Holiday Embarrassment

If you're accident prone, this post is for you! Since holiday parties are quickly filling up your calendars, chances are you're going to be drinking and socializing so here are some tips if you make a blunder or two this holiday season.

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  • If you're invited to a holiday party, your host knows that accidents will happen, so don't beat yourself up if you spill your wine, drop hors d'oeuvres, or break a glass. Obviously be aware of your surroundings, but I'm sure your host has factored in a few party fouls here and there.
  • If you do happen to drop something, take responsibility for your actions without drawing too much attention to yourself. Quickly take your napkin and wipe up a spill or dash to the kitchen to grab some club soda if you get something on a carpet or sofa. If you break a plate or a glass, make sure to pick up all the pieces so no one cuts themselves. Your host will be busy enough as it is, so if you can take care of the mess on your own, I recommend doing so.
  • If you happen to do something embarrassing, like put your foot in your mouth or even call someone the wrong name, don't sweat it too much. You're only human, and people make mistakes. Chances are you'll be with someone who can correct you, so simply apologize and move on. Over thinking the situation will just make you feel worse.
  • If you trip and fall at a party, a common mistake, pick yourself up as gracefully as possible and laugh it off. You'll feel like the entire party saw you, but chances are it wasn't that big of a deal.

Sometimes the best part of attending a holiday party is gossiping with your friends the next day about all the shenanigans that went on so keep an easy going perspective and just have fun — tis the season! Cheers!


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