What pandemic, seems to be the refrain from many younger folks in the latter half of our second year of dealing with COVID-19. Despite cases and deaths still continuing, albeit it at more muted rates, many people want to play Prince Prospero, discard the masks and gather crowds to party in their homes.
For those party throwers, guest quality can make or break the bash. No one wants to break up fights or deal with belligerent drunks when trying to relax and have a good time.
A recently published study by RTA Outdoor Living identified the worst party behaviors.
Over 3000 Americans from across the country were surveyed to identify which states have either the best or the most abominable party guests. They also determined which behaviors party throwers deem “the absolute worst.”
Here's how to be the life of the party, while avoiding the most significant social faux pas.
Identifying the Worst Party Guests
Bad party guests can ruin the festivities, often engaging in illegal and inappropriate behavior. Over 30% of survey respondents mentioned stealing as a common problem, while nearly 29% said belligerent drunks ruin the mood.
Making matters worse, 27% of party throwers found damage after a party that none of the guests bothered to tell them about, and 12% said guests broke expensive items. It's not just in the movies. And unfortunately, the hosts are ultimately responsible for the financial burden their guests cause.
States With the Worst Party Guests
Interestingly, lousy party behavior varies by state. Party throwers in Delaware, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Maryland need to be especially cautious, as these five states ranked the worst in RTA Outdoor Living’s survey of party guests.
The Southern states of West Virginia, Mississippi, and South Carolina also ranked low, raising questions about whether the region can prove the stereotype regarding their refined ways is true.
States With the Best Party Guests
Tennessee may be the South’s saving grace concerning manners. The Volunteer State ranked number one for well-behaved party guests, showcasing that Tennesseans live up to their reputation of volunteering to help.
New Jersey came in second, which is surprising, given the state’s less than stellar reputation. The third and fourth spots go to Wisconsin and Hawaii, respectively. Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, and Minnesota round out the top ten states with the best party guests.
The random geographical spread of the states with the top party guests proves that no region has a monopoly on being civilized.
How To Be the Ultimate Party Guest
You don’t have to hail from one of the ten states listed above to be a great party guest. The research offers insight into how to have a blast while maintaining your friendships.
Outside of the above-reported behaviors we can all agree are awful, such as stealing, breaking things, and general drunken belligerence, here are three easy things you can do to ensure you’re never part of the 25% getting kicked out of the festivities.
You may be surprised to learn that a full third of all party guests snoop through something they shouldn’t. Guests rummage through hosts’ medicine cabinets and bedrooms uninvited, causing even the most trusting friends to raise eyebrows.
While at a party, mind your own business and keep your nose out of places that don’t concern you.
Clean Up After Yourself
Less than 60% of party guests clean up after themselves, leaving hosts to do the bulk of the heavy lifting. If you want to ensure you get an invite to the next big bash, be a great friend and give the host a hand.
Every little bit counts. Even cleaning up a simple spill and throwing your plates and glasses away can significantly impact the host. To be an even better guest, ask how you can help.
Don’t Bring Uninvited Guests
Nearly 30% of party throwers open the door to a depressing surprise: the uninvited guest. Although plus ones are often encouraged and expected, savvy invitees should check with the host before bringing anyone extra.
Planning a party is time-consuming and expensive, and many hosts prepare for a specific number of guests. Adding just one more to the mix can throw off the entire event. Guests should also consider that there may be a reason a particular individual didn’t get an invite. Perhaps they exhibited the poor behavior addressed here during the last party.
Thankfully, the lousy party behaviors reported don’t preclude you from having a great time. It’s easy not to snoop, steal or break stuff. Asking the host if you can bring a friend and throwing your trash away showcase your respect for the host.
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