How to Follow Proper Etiquette at a Confirmation Party

A confirmation party is a time to celebrate. However, given the devout nature and the special significance of confirmation, it's important to conduct yourself properly during a confirmation party. You'll need to devote a little more attention to formal etiquette than you would at a Halloween party or Fourth of July barbecue.

Follow Appropriate Etiquette for the Party

Let the invitation or party theme serve as your guide. Formal etiquette is a little less important at a backyard barbecue than it is at a fancy dinner party.

Ask the hosts about the dress code and follow it as best you can. If you have to err on one side or the other, it's best to err on the side of being slightly overdressed rather than underdressed.

Find out what time the party begins and arrive on time. Arriving about 5 minutes late is acceptable.

Ask the host if you are supposed to bring a gift for the confirmand. You may want to inquire what the price range should be.

Treat everyone with respect and courtesy during the party, especially those older than you.

Ask the host or hostess if there is anything you can do to help. Proper etiquette is as much about courtesy and thoughtfulness as it is about dress codes and gifts.

Be sure to approach the confirmand personally and tell him or her congratulations.

Thank the host for the party when you are ready to leave.

Offer to stay and help clean up after the party is through if you are still there as the celebration starts to wind down.

Follow up with a thank-you card, especially if you were given a valuable or thoughtful party favor.