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5 Things NOT to Do At a Party. Plus Enter to Win an Amazon Echo (valued at $179.99)!

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 06.08.16
5 Things NOT to Do At a Party. Plus Enter to Win an Amazon Echo (valued at $179.99)!
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From BBQs to formal affairs, summer is always busy with lots of parties, so it's important to be ready. Luckily, we have party advice ready for you, courtesy of SheSpeaks members who taught us what NOT to do - through examples of the crazy wedding mishaps they experienced.

Read on to learn from the hilarious experiences of others and be prepared before you go to your next party - whatever type of party it may be!

Plus, we’re giving away the hottest gadget of the summer: an Amazon Echo (valued at $179.99), the in-home speaker system you can ask everything from “Alexa, how do I get cake stains out of a silk dress?” to “Alexa, where can I get a last-minute babysitter?"

Top 5 Things NOT to Do At a Party…

1. Do NOT wear clothes that are too big or too small!

Before you leave the house, make sure your clothing fits properly. No one wants a wardrobe malfunction, especially not what SheSpeaks member Jsthornhill3 experienced…

“I decided to switch wedding dresses at the last minute and didn't have time to get it altered. It was a bit too long but I thought it would be fine when I added my shoes. WRONG! I was walking and got caught up in the dress and tripped. When I fell it ripped my dress at the waistline. I was so embarrassed standing there with part of a dress on. I guess it is a good thing I had pretty under garments on.”

2. Do NOT forget to accessorize!

For party prep, you often focus on getting the jewelry and make-up perfect. But also think about less typical accessories like suntan lotion and bug spray. Sounds like winchamp wished she had done just that…

“Mosquitos...in one word that sums up what I witnessed at a friend's wedding. Mosquitos were everywhere. They decided to have an outdoor wedding in the heat of the summer. It was hot and humid and the guests were like candy for the mosquitos. Bug candles were glowing and the wedding party seemed to be glowing even more with red bites.”

3. Do NOT forget the names of the host and hostess!

It’s tough to remember all of the people you meet, but you should know who is throwing the party. According to justme0419, definitely learn the groom’s name, especially if you are the bride…

“Okay, craziest wedding mishap would have to go to my friend who I'll leave anonymous for her pride’s sake. Lol. When it came time to read her vows, she started her off with a heartfelt "Kevin...." not her groom's name. Not. Even. Close.”

4. Do NOT expect children to be quiet!

It’s common for bored or unhappy children to get antsy and make a scene. So make sure to come with toys, snacks and a pacifier so that they won't make themselves heard at moments when silence is preferred, as sammosam witnessed…

 “As the minister said..."speak now or forever hold your peace"...the church went silent...except for the high-pitched & everlasting SCREAM of a toddler in attendance. Lol. That shriek echoed off the walls and everyone erupted in laughter!”

5. Do NOT skimp on dessert!

Everyone knows that dessert is the best part of any meal. So make sure you are prepared with extra in case any unfortunate accidents happen to the cake, as was the case with both GeekySweetie and lauraB24

“I attended a wedding reception once in a rustic barn setting (those seem popular these days) - but this one was perhaps a bit more rustic than most - It began to rain outside, and part of the roof caved in and landed right on the cake!”

“We didn't have a wedding ceremony. We had a small outdoor lunch in the great smoky mountains. A bird flew into our cake. It literally flew straight through it.”

Not that you’ve learned tips about what NOT to do at a party, we want to know what you should do. What is your best party tip? Tell us and you could win an Amazon Echo (valued at $179.99)!

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us something you always do (or do NOT do) at parties.

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "I entered the @SheSpeaksUp #PartyTips giveaway to win an Amazon Echo! bit.ly/288K3dW

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive an Amazon Echo, valued at $179.99. Giveaway is open through June 19th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all for entering! Congratulations to our winner: SheSpeaks member Angela811.

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  • justme0419 By justme0419
    06.19.16  

    Something that I always DO at a party is look out for wallflowers and try my best to engage them. I hate for anyone to feel awkward or alone at a party

  • kimmi1981 By kimmi1981
    06.19.16  

    Don't drink too much! Because u could end up doing something stupid than u would be known as the crazy drunk lady! ;)

  • argentina07 By argentina07
    06.19.16  

    Include children

  • Rokkababy By Rokkababy
    06.19.16  

    I don't go to parties. Lol that's my do not

  • shadow62310 By shadow62310
    06.19.16  

    I always use plastic plates and silverware for easier clean up!

  • Ngpennington22 By Ngpennington22
    06.19.16  

    I always stay after to help the Hostess clean up.

  • nbruce By nbruce
    06.19.16  

    I make it a point to talk with at least one person I do not know well!

  • sammosam By sammosam
    06.19.16  

    I'm never the last one to leave a party. I know how exhausting it can be to plan, prep & host a party, so I try to give the host/hostess a break and not stay too long after the party is winding down. But, I always help tidy up before I go because unless they have hired a cleaning crew, they will likely be up for hours after the last guest has gone.

  • Amberulrich87 By Amberulrich87
    06.19.16  

    Always be willing to help where needed. Don't just sit around and expect to be served the entire time. If the host/hostess needs help cooking or cleaning up, jump in and offer to lend a hand!

  • sammosam By sammosam
    06.19.16  

    I try to shadow the host/hostess towards the end of a party, helping to clean up, or at least get trash & plates to the kitchen. It only takes a few minutes and helps lessen the burden for the one who was thoughtful enough to invite me. Helping a friend is always the right thing to do.

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