As the name suggests, I am the not so self-confessed Party Princess. My title was originally coined by a group of close friends who would always say my party hosting skills were – to quote – “Royally freaking awesome” and the Party Princess was born! It is true I do host a pretty good party, I think the number one key, is getting the right guest list and making sure that all the guest are matched somehow. Not In a match making Cilla Black way though (although if I’m honest that does happen some of the time).
As my blog suggest I have turned my hat form party hosting to party go-er. It’s far less stressful and I get to have a LOT more fun. The saying goes, blondes have more fun, and ITS ALL LIES, brunettes have a royally freaking awesome time. Im learning this dance for my office party! – I’ve got mad skills!
The Christmas season is almost upon us and I have put together a few do’s and don’t’s for party go-ers this year. The weekend before Christmas is notoriously messy with the mixture of office, family and friends party, it’s important to free your inner party princess, queen, prince or king, we all have one inside us – It’s just waiting to be released and coroneted!
Royal Rule 1 – To Extrovert or to Introvert, that is the question. (This really applies to office parties/functions)
When it comes to Christmas parties extroverts love them – it’s a chance to get together with colleagues and friends and chat without deadline pressures. Introverts may pale at the thought of mingling, engaging in small talk and being in a crowd. Whatever the party, don’t force yourself to be something that you’re not. If you are the quiet type, channel your inner mystery, is a surprisingly powerful and mesmerising quality – work it!
Royal rule 2 – Watch the booze
I’m really sorry to say, this next rule is self-learnt, do yourself a favour and listen to me on this one…Just because it’s a free bar doesn’t mean you have to drain it!! There is always one person at the party that gets too drunk. I’ve been that person in the past and in some situations its ok to relax and keep the drinks flowing but in others you’ll just end up looking like a prat, asleep at 11pm, missing all the action and there is nothing worse than being ”that person” who everyone is taking about the next day,
Royal rule 3 – Strut the catwalk
Christmas parties are always a chance to showcase those killer heels, a show stopping dress or a classic suit. Whatever you decide to wear, make it sure it’s appropriate. If you are attending a family function, maybe leave the slinky black number at home or if perhaps you are going to an office party with the big bosses, slide over the plunging necklines and find something professional but fun at the same time. Want my secret for looking great over the Christmas party season?….SPANX!
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Royal rule 4 – Beware of camera and Facebook
For goodness sake watch out for the stray camera shots! Facebook is the sworn devil enemy when it comes to rouge pictures appearing, and we all have that one friend who just loves to tag you! There is only so many times you can say it’s your and red eyed, wobbly arm, fluffy haired, double chin twin sibling!
Royal rule 5 – Watch your mouth
It’s easy to forget where and who you are with sometimes at certain parties when the mood is relaxed and your inhibitions drawbridge has been lowered, just be careful what you say to people. It’s natural to sometimes have a whinge and a moan about people, especially when you are at an office function and that “cow from finance who always steals your custard creams is wearing the same dress as you” is giving you the evil eyes, but don’t go shooting your mouth off. You’ll only cause problems and create a bad name for yourself. You never know who is listening!
Royal rule 6 – Watch your tongue!
This rule is an amalgamation of number of all the rules so far. Whatever you do, don’t get too drunk and make out with your latest crush! Photos appear on Facebook, people will start gossiping and once again you’ll hate being “that person” the morning after. It’s easy to get carried away in the Christmas spirit, champagne and slow dancing to Mariah but just watch it!
Six simple rules to bear in mind over the Christmas. I share these with you because I made the same 6 mistakes time and time again, and just don’t want to see any other future Party Princess or Princes do the same thing. Remember, it takes a lifetime to build a reputation but it could just take a slip of the dress, slip of the mouth, sip of champagne or the slip of the tongue to bring it all down by your ankles!
On the other hand…..rules were made to be broken. Have a great Christmas!
xx PP xx
Wishing everyone a safe, merry and fun Christmas
Three cheers to the team Party Princess - May we dance on into 2012