The New Party Etiquette — Five Rules That No Longer Apply

Ashley Phillips
Katie's Take
The New Party Etiquette — Five Rules That No Longer Apply

Going to any holiday parties this year? Then you’re not going to want to miss this.

Author and etiquette expert Mark Ellwood sat down with Katie to discuss what’s in and what’s out when it comes to party rules – and some may shock you.

“Is paper out?” Katie asked.

Mark explained that electronic is the way to go.

“Paper invitations are beautiful – but people just lose them,” said Mark.

But when it comes to thank you notes, snail mail is the way to go.

“A thank you email is thought-less, not thought-full.” Mark noted.

And what about cell phones? We all do it. It’s rude to check your phone during dinner. If you are someone who has anxiety every time you put your phone down, you might want to stay home. Mark suggests setting up a charge station in your home so that guests won’t have access to their mobile devices.

“You have some chargers ready in a room,” Mark said.

“You say the new rule is phones should be neither seen nor heard. Kind of like children, right?” Katie said with a laugh.

What are the rules when it comes to potlucks, gift-giving and how to get out of those super awkward conversations you wish you hadn’t gotten yourself in to? Take a look!

ABC News' Stefan Doyno contributed to this episode.