Tip No. 11: Bring wine or chocolate to everything.
“People love when guys do that. Not just because of the gift, but because it is endearing to imagine you standing in line at Trader Joe’s before the party.”
Trader Joe’s is the specialty grocery store equivalent to J.Crew in Canada: non-existent. I brought both wine and chocolate to the New Year’s party I attended last night. One response: “Who brought the chocolate? They’re my new friend.” Thanks Mindy.
I’m generally pretty good at showing up to parties with food. My go-to snack has always been Party Mix. Why bring one kind of chips when you can bring four? But perhaps it isn’t as endearing to picture a guy in line at the Quickie.
I still typically attend the types of parties where people drink what they’ve brought with them, and last night was no different. But I’ve begun hosting film nights at my apartment, and the people who come out are terrific with bringing communal food and drinks. We’re planning a potluck this month to complement a screening of “My Dinner with Andre.”
Happy New Year!