Double Dinner: When you’re invited to multiple holiday parties

by epi on December 2, 2011

Q: We’ve been invited to several holiday parties this year.  Is it okay to “double-book”?

A: This is one of those times when it’s fine to double-book and go from one holiday party to another.  The casual, drop-in nature of most holiday parties makes this okay.  Just be sure you do each event justice — a lightning quick drop by simply doesn’t cut it.  And don’t double book when you’ve been invited to a dinner party or a small gathering with a set time to arrive and a limited number of guests.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jody December 2, 2011 at 7:26 am

I’d like to add something to the original advice. If you’ve told the host(s) that you’re going to attend his party, do so. Don’t stay at the first party all evening just because you think it’s a “better” party than the second one you’ll be attending.


Ashley Gray December 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

My husband and I are expecting a baby in June. I’m 14 weeks pregnant now. How should we sign the card? Just from the two of us? Or should we sign it including
& Baby (due in June or on they way)? What is the etiquette? Is this annoying, tacky, fun, etc? All the important friends and family know so we won’t be in trouble there.


Just Laura December 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Congratulations on your good news! Maybe I’m being no fun here, but if I received a card from a friend who had also signed her unborn, unnamed baby to it, I’d find that a bit weird. If everyone already knows your family with be expanding 6 months from now, then it’s not like you’re giving them a Christmas surprise. This will be so much more fun for you next Christmas when the baby is born, and you’ll have all those cute “Baby’s First Christmas!” cards to send out.

Wanted to add: I found a website where someone asked this question, and moms new and old mostly agreed to not add the unborn to the Christmas card, for various reasons. Hope that helps!


Alicia December 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

Congrats on expecting a baby. Mention the baby in the information inside the card absolutely but do not sign the kids name until he or she is born. It is mildly creepy to sign an unborn child name as if they were sending a card from the womb. It will be creepy not sute to sign the kids name. It will be adorable to add a note inside that you will be getting a baby in the new year and how happy you are. Next year you can sign the kids name and it will be cute not creepy.


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