There is always that saying of being fashionably late, it is not fashionable, it is rude. Parties are always a hard one to judge and can be the exception to the rule, no one wants to be first, however someone always has to be first. Try not to be first though, as you will then spend your whole time getting up and greeting everyone like you are a co host of the shindig. Never be early of course but a few minutes late is fine, it is always nice to arrive with others you meet on a doorstep. Never be exceptionally late to any party, when the place is in full swing and the guests have settled in and all maybe on cocktail number two and the plan was now to open a couple of magnums of wine or champagne and reveal the spread of food delights. Then you appear apologising, giving excuses, everyone looks at you, the latecomer, throwing it all out of sync, so do your best to not be so late you become a burden for the first hour why you are there.
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