Do you mind if I ask you a question?
Grab your gimlet, doll. I feel a party (poll) coming on. And this one – a survey of more than 1,600 men and women nationwide – is serving up some rather surprising results. In other words, you may want to lock your guest room door and clean out your medicine chest before your guests arrive for your next soirée. Oh, and grab a hanky. Sniff. Sniff. It may be time to bid adieu to traditional party etiquette like RSVPing, bringing hostess gifts and sending thank you notes. That gimlet? Make it a double. Read on.
THE DEATH OF THE RSVP?
While some say reports of the death of the RSVP have been greatly exaggerated, our research shows the practice may indeed be going the way of the ivory-billed woodpecker. More than half of those surveyed said they have ignored the request to RSVP to a party. Most also admit to RSVPing yes to a party and then not showing up. And nearly six in 10 people say they’ve attended a party even though they didn’t RSVP. Now, that lack of RSVP etiquette doesn’t come without its consequences, however. One third of those surveyed said invitees who ignore their request to RSVP are more likely to be left off their guest list in the future.
ARE PRESENTS A THING OF THE PAST?
Another erstwhile party practice appears to be the hostess gift. According to our 2015 Party Poll, most of those surveyed (54 percent) say they do not usually bring a hostess gift with them when they go to a party. A majority have also acknowledged bringing a regift as a hostess gift – a bottle of wine, a scented candle or some other gift that someone gave them that they decided not to keep. Our gal Emily Post will be rolling over on this one: 60 percent of those queried said they don’t send any kind of post-party thank you note, text or email to the party host.
NAUGHTY PARTY BEHAVIOR
Where party behavior is concerned, it appears things can get a bit mischievous. Nearly 40 percent of men versus 21 percent of women say they’ve gotten frisky with someone at a party host’s abode during a soirée. Snooping in medicine chests is more common among women with nearly one in four saying they take a quick peek inside the party host’s bathroom cabinet as compared to 18 percent of men.
Since posting party photos is as common as olives in a martini, we wanted to find out how people felt about friends posting photos of themselves at parties to which they weren’t invited. Phew. Some good news finally. The great majority – 74 percent – aren’t irked by it in the least. Among those who don’t like seeing photos of others reveling, the most common emotions used to describe their feelings were “hurt” and “rejected.” Double check your friend list. Two percent said it made them feel “vengeful.”
PARTIES AND POLITICS
It’s political season so be ready to talk affairs of state at parties. According to our survey, the majority of Americans (52 percent) feel it’s perfectly fine to talk politics at parties. Just for fun, we asked a few political poll questions that none of the news organizations are asking. The results? Most Americans (25 percent) believe Bernie Sanders would make the best Santa Claus followed by Chris Christie (23 percent) and Donald Trump (21 percent.) And when asked which presidential candidate those queried would choose to kiss under the mistletoe, most men (42 percent) chose Carly Fiorina followed by Hillary Clinton (29 percent) and Bernie Sanders (9 percent), while most women (23 percent) chose Bernie Sanders followed by Marco Rubio (17 percent) and Hillary Clinton (14 percent).
NEW YEAR’S EVE: IN OR OUT?
People have always been divided about the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. According to the Poll, the great majority – 64 percent – will ring in the new year at home. Eleven percent will go out to dinner, 10 percent will go to a party and 3 percent say they’ll host a party.
No matter how you choose to ring in 2016, from all of us at The Salonniere, we wish you a new year filled with great happiness, good health and plenty of revelry.
Welcome photo: Lucille Ball
Welcome quote: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)