Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Hit Your Mark This Election Season

Written by Patti on September 13th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

I am not much of a politico, but I sure like a party.

This new Makers Mark campaign with James Carville and Mary Matalin are cracking me up. I love me some James Carville. He can turn a phrase like nobody’s business. I can only imagine life in this household is always interesting.

Have you seen these spots? Even if you don’t like to discuss the candidates (like I don’t), here are some party and etiquette tips from these two strategists. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be at their house, just listening to them discuss the issues. You?

Mary Matalin: Agree to disagree. Let’s face it, when it comes to talking politics, you’re not always going to agree with what you’re going to hear especially if it’s coming from over there (in reference to Carville).To avoid heated arguments, wait until those with opposing beliefs are finished with what they have to say and kindly respond “well, that’s a perspective”…… then resist the temptation to rip their face off..rule number one in cocktail parties: never make anyone uncomfortable in your home (even morons).

James Carville: Don’t try to change your guest’s opinions. I’ve tried with my wife the first years we were together and went to hell with that. Instead, try to understand their opinions without necessarily agreeing and find a common ground that you both can connect on.

Mary Matalin: As strategists, you have to always keep your eye on all aspects of your objective…for a successful party, make sure your hor d’oeuvres and nibbles include some that are bite size and can be enjoyed without flatware or plates; no one wants to be trapped with a blowhard on an empty stomach!

James Carville: Overall, let loose and enjoy yourself! At the end of a day, it’s a cocktail party! No one wants angry partisanship to ruin conversation; try witty or charming partisanship instead.

Mary Matalin: Agreed.

So, there you have it. Always make your guests feel comfortable. It is pretty much the golden rule in etiquette, and in life.

Are you throwing any parties this election season?

xoxo, Patti


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