Dreamteam Newsletter=Monthly Blog Posts!

Sometimes I amaze myself...  If I am creating a monthly e-mail newsletter, why wouldn't I blog it??  After three newsletters I have caught on ;)  So, if I e-mailed this little ditty to you, I apologize it's the same.  Nothing new as of now.  I will try and tweak some things once I get more experience with my blogging experience!

Dreamteam Newsletter Volume 3.

November 22, 2013.

WOW!  Volume 3!  Who would have thought it to come so fast??  I actually have some important stuff to bring to the table in Volume 3..  Read on dear clients, friends and family!

Leslee and I are planning our Christmas mail out.  We will be giving out calendar magnest again this year.  But this time they will be for 2014!  Go figure :) I find them helpful..  I hope you do to!  So if you received one last year, you are on our list for this year.  If you didn't receive one, please let us know if you would like one and we will most definitely put you on the list.

We have sold all of our listings from last month, and have listed this sweet little cond a couple of weeks ago www.401heritagehouse.com I will be doing an open house there Saturday, December 7 from 1-3pm.

Tis the season for a party??  If you are thinking about hosting a party or attending one, because it really is the season- I didn't just make that up, I have found some wonderful tips on my most favourite website of all time www.houzz.com

INVITATIONS, SEATING CARDS AND CELL PHONES, OH MY!  Navigating modern party etiquette can be tricky for both hosts and guests.  These 10 do's and don'ts should help clear up everything from what to bring (try a book instead of flowers) to those pesky details (t.p., olive pit bowls) you will not want to forget.

1. Do take invites and responses seriously. If you are doing the inviting, be courteous and extend those invites, whether paper, digital or over the phone, with enough time for people to plan accordingly.  Be specific and give your guests some clue as to the level of formality you expect, and how long and where the party will be.  Including a GPS friendly address is a thoughtful touch. 

As a guest, it's your responsibility to RSVP as soon as you can.  And if your plans change later, it's courteous to lwt your host know instead of simply not showing up when they were expecting you.  The same goes even if the invitation was casual- it's generally better to over communicate than let something go unsaid.

2. Don't arrive early.  Of course you should try to arrive at a party as close to the start time (within 15 minutes is optimal) but whatever you do, do not show up early!  Your hosts, undoubtedly feeling a bit frantic, will have their hands full as it is with last-minute cleaning and clooking; they don not need you showing up before they are ready...  especially not with flowers that need a vase (see No. 3)

3. Do come bearing gifts,  but don't make more work for your hosts.  A cool coffee table book, a small bouquet of flowers already in a vase, a nice smelling candle, good-smelling soap, pretty tea towels...  these are all things a host will love you for bringing.  Your host will not, however, necessarily love having to scramble around in the kitchen for a container to plunk your plastic-wrapped flowers in.

4. Do offer to help. Of course, even better than not making more work for your host is to actually help get dinner on the table.  Instead of saying, "Can I help with anything?" which sounds rather vague and invites the other person to say no, try saying, "What can I do to help?"

5. Do offer an alternative to alcohol.  Not everyone drinks alcohol, so even if you're making the most delicious specialty cocktails ever, provide an equally festive nonalcoholi option.  Set it out alon with the other drinks, so guests can help themselves to what they want without having to make a special request.  If you are making a big-batch cocktail or alcoholic punch, make sure it's labeled.

6. Do provide bowls for pits, tails and shells. No one likes hovering at a party, cupping a yucky olive pit or shrimp tail in hand because there is no obvious place to put it.  Spare your guests that awkwardness by placing plenty of little bowls near the food in question- and it wouldn't hurt to set an example by being the first to dispose of something.  If you are the guest, try to scope out a place to stash your trash before you grub.

7. Do assign seats at a large dinner. At smaller gatherings it's not a big deal, but figuring out where to sit at a long table can be daunting- assigning seats will help guests feel more at ease.  Splitting up couples and seating quiter folks next to more boisterous guests will create a livelier party.

8. Don't use your phone. Very causual, mingling situations like big cocktail parties and open houses are a bit more forgiving when it comes to sneaking a peek at your phone, but as a rule you should keep your devices stowed, with ringers off, at parties of all types.  And at dinner parties?  Don't even think about it.

If you have a situation where you really must be reachable by phone, the polite thing to do is simply be upfront with your hosts and the other guests.  Apologize sincerely, briefly explaibn why you need to take that call or respond to that text, and then excuse yourself from the table while you do so.

9. Do keep the bathroom well stocked. It's one of those things we all hope never happens (cue scary music)... the party that ran out of toilet paper!  Make sure your bathroom is stocked with plenty of t.p., soap and hand towels before your party.  While you're at it, put a plunger and a scented candle and matches in there too.

10. Don't freak out over spills.  Whether you are the host or guest, try to deal with spills and other upsets quickly, calmly and with good humor.  Having a stain-fighting kit on hand in advance would be helpful.  And if you are the spiller, do offer to pay for cleaning or a replacement if you caused serious damage.


Well there you have it folks!  That is Volume 3. 

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