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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  • aprilguerry By aprilguerry
    06.17.16  

    Try to enjoy every minute

  • carson301 By carson301
    06.16.16  

    I always make sure I've had a good meal before going to a party to help with the alcohol.

  • Blandiloquent88 By Blandiloquent88
    06.16.16  

    Always offer to help, it makes the host feel appreciated.

  • elladams By elladams
    06.16.16  

    Hmmm ... as an introvert, I actually avoid parties. But if I have to go to one, I make sure I limit my drinks since I'm usually the designated driver. Also, I don't like losing control so limiting my drinking helps that too.

  • angie007 By angie007
    06.16.16  

    Yes that's me, forgetting names! ! I always make sure to ask if I do, Im always polite, shake hands, and thank the people for inviting me upon leaving

  • HeidiLouise By HeidiLouise
    06.16.16  

    Always be on time party rule #1

  • lmyrick By lmyrick
    06.16.16  

    Socialize!! its why you went to the party in the first place... and Dance. no one cares how it looks. :)

  • bettyboop2001 By bettyboop2001
    06.16.16  

    You should relax and have fun!

  • haleym22 By haleym22
    06.16.16  

    Use white wine or lemon/water mix to remove red wine stains ;)

  • mistress4paws By mistress4paws
    06.16.16  

    Never be judgemental of others, no eye rolling during a conversation. Do not isolate yourself from others or try to dominate every conversation..

  • MadredeDos21 By MadredeDos21
    06.16.16  

    Don't overdue on food unless you want tons of left overs later. Typically about 20 -30% of guests who RSVP won't show (and it's usually the same people.)

  • Divinesally By Divinesally
    06.16.16  

    One thing I can't stand at parties and in general, is when people interrupt you in the middle of a sentence/story. I try to listen more than talk. It's probably why people at parties gravitate towards my friends and I. Do NOT interrupt others, DO have manners and ALWAYS have FUN!

  • LsaSmth By LsaSmth
    06.16.16  

    I always make an effort to chat with guests who seem to be wallflowers or too shy to mingle

  • Angela811 By Angela811
    06.16.16  

    Drink but dont get drunk! Its ok as an early adult but not as a parent with kids running around and especially not with co-workers. They will talk about it at work!

  • budah198025 By budah198025
    06.16.16  

    Don't get drunk. It's embarrassing for you and others.

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