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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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tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Good advice Sugar.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't feel dumb or embarrassed about getting drunk in front of my family and friends, but I wouldn't act like that around most of my co-workers or people I have a professional relationship with. But it's okay to let loose with your friends and fam! They love you no matter what :)
sugarbritches sugarbritches 9 years
I try to closely monitor my drinking so I don't turn into a motor-mouth. I always feel like an idiot the next day. I think I feel worse when people say how "charming" I was! Great!
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 9 years
I disagree about trying to clean up a spill on your own. I have certain ways I like things cleaned, and specific cleaning products for various surfaces - I'd rather someone ask me what to use on the spill (assuming its not on tile or a counter or something - you can just go for the paper towels on that).
karadisexo karadisexo 9 years
oh god - i fell TWICE last night so i can definitely relate to this. sooo embarrassing
nancita nancita 9 years
As the hostess of many parties, I agree that I don't mind if guests spill (accidents happen, after all) but it does help if the spiller can quickly spring into action and try to clean it up, as opposed to pretending it didn't happen only to have me discover it later.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ya I second that!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Haha and try not to get drunk in front of all your family and co-workers!
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