Etiquette

12 Ways to Be the Best Wedding Guest Ever — The Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

Wedding season is upon us. While brides and grooms across the country are getting ready for one of the biggest days of their lives, they're also planning one heck of a party. And it's on you to be an awesome wedding guest. While you might be thinking, "Me? I'm a great guest!" check yourself against the list below to see if you really make the cut. Better to be safe than blacklisted, right?

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5 Ways to Get Party Guests Out of the Kitchen — Ready for Company

No matter how small your kitchen happens to be, people always end up hanging out in there during parties. Bummer, right? It leaves you wondering if you should have skipped cleaning every other room of your house and just focused on cooking the food instead.

The problem, of course, is that it can become a logistical issue for you if you're trying to get stuff done and people are all sorts of in the way. Here's how to give your well-meaning guests the boot.

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6 Ways to Be a Better Listener When You’re Catching Up with a Friend — Make More Good

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Whether you're meeting up with a friend at a bar, taking a walk around the neighborhood together, or having him over for tea, there are some things you can do to make sure it's full of good vibes only.

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5 Ways to Get the Cocktail-Hour Waitstaff to Come to You — The Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

There's a certain type of person who never has to wait for a drink at a party. For some reason their mere presence causes any bartender or cocktail waiter in a close proximity to hop to attention, like James Bond for instance — I'm pretty sure he's never had to flag down a bartender to order his signature martini. And waiters with hors d'oeuvres probably flock to him with trays of cocktail hot dogs.

You too can possess this magical allure at all of your friends' weddings this season. Here's how.

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Reader Request: How Do You Say Cheers, and Why? — Reader Intelligence Request

Prost! Salud! Here, here! Those would all be very acceptable ways to cheers someone before taking a drink. What do I like to say? "Cheersy pants!" You see, I have a habit of cute-ifying words — and adding the words pants to the end of sentences. (I promise, it's more fun and endearing in real life than it sounds ... I think.)

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7 Dinner Party Rules We Finally Agree with Now That We’re Adults — Ready for Company

Remember the dinner parties your parents used to throw when you were a kid? You know, those weekend nights when you ate dinner early and then went upstairs to entertain yourself while mom and dad fed their friends? You'd sneak downstairs to check out the scene and it just looked so ... boring! How were they all still sitting at that table?

But now that it's your turn to try adulting, you totally get it. Dinner parties are fun! And now you also understand all the things your mom used to complain and freak out about! Here's a look at the dinner party rules we all finally agree with now that we're grown-ups.

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