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Name Tags at a Party: Love It or Hate It?

I have mixed feelings about name tags at parties. In some cases, at large events like the Fancy Foods Show, they can be incredibly helpful and stimulate conversation. In more intimate settings, it's easy to casually introduce yourself, so name tags aren't always necessary. Still other times, it depends on the crowd. If it's a shy crew, name tags can be essential to breaking the ice. Then, there's always one person with a crazily spelled name that no one can correctly pronounce. For their sake, I sometimes wish name tags didn't exist. How do you feel about them?

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karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
I don't see how name tags are conversation-starters. How does the knowledge that a person's name is "Katie" help along a conversation? But I agree with KadBunny .... there's something about those "Hi, my name is ...." tags that I just can't put my finger on.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I like those braille nametags. Wait, that wasn't braille? So that's why I got slapped so many times? I thought there were just a lot of mosquitos around.
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
One time me and my husband were able to attend a party at the cathedral in Downtown L.A. by using the invitations of another couple who couldn't make it. So that night we were "Petra" and "Christian." :P Another time we went to a luau, and the nametags had our Hawaiian names on them. And then when we went to a party with a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy theme, on our nametags we had to write a question the answer to which was 42. So, if the nametags have something special about them, then I'm OK with nametags, but if they're just straight-up nametags then no, I don't like them since I don't like my name and don't want people to know what it is.
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I really don't like them, but I totally understand why people use them at huge gatherings. Plus you don't have to worry about the embarrassment of forgetting someone's name.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I hate them but the older I get the quicker I forget names so they can be useful.
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Hate, hate, HATE name tags, especially since usually, when I'm at a party, I'm wearing something that doesn't mix well with adhesive. They also give creepy old men an excuse to look at your boobs.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
In a word: tacky, but they can be helpful. I don't associate them with parties so much...I think of them being used more at meetings or other functions. They seem a bit fussy for parties.
Stardustlove Stardustlove 8 years
I hate them.
Lokiale Lokiale 8 years
While they do always tend to look a bit tacky and grade-schoolish I actually like the use of name tags. They really do help break the ice by making it less scripted to introduce yourself and giving a common subject to immediately comment on ("These name tags, more like LAME tags. Am I right??") Unfortunately I happen to have a name that confuses anyone who hasn't had any background in Spanish and that's also 9 letters long... so it leads to a lot of clarifying, negotiating pronunciations (I have two versions of my name that I go by mostly for native English speakers' sake), and most horrifyingly a lot of right boob staring by people trying to get my name right without asking. (I voted undecided.)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I like them. I find them helpful, as sometimes after a couple drinks, I'm forgetful about new names. ;)
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
I hate them unless it says "Hi! My name is..." :P I don't know why but I love those things.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I hate them. I always feel stupid when I put one on haha.
danixk danixk 8 years
hate 'em. grow up and learn how to remember the names of the people you are speaking with.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I don't care for them - I mean like it's been said, in some situations they're fine, but for a small dinner party -no. But then again I'm the type of person to put something weird on it instead of just my first name. Which I'm sure the host/hostess love me for lol
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 8 years
could be fun.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
personally, i just like to see who has a really ridiculous name like "Bronx Mowgli" .. hahaha
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Hate them. I'm the person with the name that's not pronounced how it's spelled, so name tags don't really help in my case. Besides, is it really that hard to introduce yourself?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm not a fan of them. i think that in some situations they make sense, but at a dinner party - you're supposed to just spontaneously have a conversation, and that means introducing yourself i you don't know the people that are there.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Hate them. Had to wear one all last Saturday when I joined up with Meetup SF for a walk around Russian Hill. Every stranger on the street and their dog now knows my name.
foxie foxie 8 years
I instantly feel like a focktard when I put on a nametag. Hate.
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