7 most awkward summer party fouls
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Party Players1 of 15
By Andie Huber
Parties can be so, so fun but sometimes they can go so, so wrong. Scorched burgers, sloppy guests, broken glasses—what's a hostess to do? We turned to lifestyle and entertaining expert Cheryl Najafi from the website CherylStyle and author of You're So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!, for advice on how to handle these seven guest gaffes with grace.
Cannonball!2 of 15
Someone got extra rowdy and jumped in the pool—and your get-together wasn't meant to be a pool party.
Make a Splash3 of 15
Najafi advises, "As with any situation, a host needs to make the most of it. Grab a stack of towels and ask if anyone else wants to join in." Just make sure it's said in a playful and encouraging way. "Viva the experience—you'll find out that moments like these create the best stories that will be told forever," says Najafi.
Breaking Bad4 of 15
A guest accidentally breaks a teacup or plate that was a family heirloom.
Accidents Happen5 of 15
Reassure the guest that you know it was an accident and that you are not upset. "You can be emotionally crushed after the party, but it's the memory of the person or moment in time that matters, not the object," says Najafi.
Generous Gifters6 of 15
A guest brings a gift to your event even though the invite said not to; another guest remarks loudly, "It said no gifts!" making everyone involved feel awkward.
Gift-Be-Gone7 of 15
Be polite and thank your guest for the gift, then whisk it out of site, Najafi suggests. "Don't leave it visible for others to comment on as they're arriving to your special event," she adds.
I'll Have Another8 of 15
A couple of your guests are notorious drinkers and while you want them to have fun, you don't want anyone to get hurt on the drive home, after a long, fun evening.
Cab Control9 of 15
"Prior to the event, research numbers for quick and reliable cab companies and keep them handy," suggests Najafi. "At the beginning of the evening, tell guests that they should feel free to enjoy themselves and that if they have too much fun, you have numbers for a cab. This way, your guests can avoid awkward and unsafe situations later on."
Bugging Out10 of 15
Bee stings, allergy attacks and other outside plagues have guests huddling inside.
First Responder11 of 15
Najafi advises, "Benadryl, Benadryl, Benadryl. I have Benadryl in cream, pill, liquid and chewable form. I also keep eye drops, cold packs, antibacterial wipes and antibiotic ointment plus Band-Aids in various sizes." To prevent guests from being attacked by mosquitos and other biters, Najafi recommends lighting citronella candles and tiki torches for keeping flying insects away. A bonfire or fire pit works wonders as well.
Smoke Out12 of 15
The master griller got too ambitious with his BBQ and it has started smoking—forcing the party indoors.
Grill & Chill13 of 15
"A quick solution is to remove any uncooked food and close the grill and lid vents," says Najafi. " If the grill is portable, quietly roll it away to a side yard, preferably downwind. It should subside once the oil and fat has burned off, about 15 minutes. To avoid this in the future, use foil packets when grilling anything with a marinade—it makes for easy clean-up too."
Last Call14 of 15
Short of putting on your pajamas, you've tried to make it clear that you want to go to bed, but a number of guests are still lingering in your living room.
Sweet Dreams15 of 15
"My father is a pro at addressing this," Najafi says. "He simply stands up and declares he is off to bed." While you can't always be that direct with everyone, you can drop some subtle hints. "First, stop serving drinks," she suggests. "If you have dimmed the lighting, turn them up and start clearing miscellaneous glasses, napkins and dishes. Turn off any music that's playing and tell everyone what a wonderful evening it has been."
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