Julie Lamberg-Burnet is the founder of the Sydney School of Protocol
Thousands of excited revellers are already making their way to bars, clubs and harboursides around Australia ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
And while many will wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and thrilled with their night, others will no doubt be suffering a little embarrassment and regret.
So, to help party goers make the most of their night without getting carried away, etiquette expert and Sydney School of Protocol founder, Julie Lamberg-Burnet, has shared her top tips for how to behave and some etiquette goals to consider for 2018.
ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE
DRESS TO IMPRESS
‘Have a dash of elegance – smart evening – use this as an opportunity to be glamorous,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet told FEMAIL.
‘As tempting as it might be, don’t disrobe yourself of shoes or clothing items as the day or evening progresses.
‘Women do not take off high heels and walk barefooted.’
If you are unsure of the dress code, Ms Lamberg-Burnet suggests checking in with the host.
‘As tempting as it might be, don’t disrobe yourself of shoes or clothing items as the day or evening progresses. ‘Women do not take off high heels and walk barefooted,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said
TEMPER YOUR DRINKING
Water is key on party nights like this as many know all to well the effects dehydration can have on the body the following morning.
‘Remember the focus of the night is midnight so retain your composure for the “after party”,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said.
While a gift of Champagne would be well received by your host on New Year, a drunken show of debauchery would not.
Water is key on party nights like this as many know all to well the effects dehydration can have on the body the following morning
DITCH YOUR GLASS IN PHOTOS
Ms Lamberg-Burnet said your glass and food should be put to one side when posing for the camera.
To ensure a flattering shot, put on your best smile and stand straight to the camera, that captures the best silhouette.
Additionally, she suggests always asking permission before taking photos of others and posting them on social media.
Ms Lamberg-Burnet said your glass and food should be put to one side when posing for the camera
KEEP YOUR MIDNIGHT KISS POLITE
Ms Lamberg-Burnet suggests opting for a polite kiss on the cheek rather than a drunken midnight pash.
‘If you have brought a date or partner to the party, a kiss is the best way to ring in the New Year,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said.
”If you are out with friends, you should feel most comfortable with either a New Year’s hug or light kiss on the cheek.
‘If it looks like someone is coming straight for the lips, you can politely turn your ahead and accept the kiss on the cheek.
‘Simply wish them a Happy New Year and choose to move on to another friend.’
ETIQUETTE TIPS TO WORK ON IN 2018
1. SHOW CONSIDERATION AND GENEROSITY
‘Ensure these attributes are at the forefront each and every day. Be aware of others in situations such as on public transport, walking, driving, shopping, car parking, at the gym and queuing,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said.
2. SEND THANK YOU NOTES
‘Throughout the year make a promise to yourself to write four written personal notes on either beautiful paper or a card, to thank either a special person, a host, a colleague, the boss or a family member for their kindness and generosity,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said.
3. EXTEND YOUR COURTESY AND KINDNESS
‘Look to how you can assist others in need of your help,’ she said.
‘A wonderful example of this was a recent act of kindness in Sydney where a young man assisted an elderly woman with her shopping parcels to a cabstand.
‘When no cabs arrived he ordered an UBER on his account and set her on her way safe and sound and to the ultimate gratitude of her family.’
4. INTRODUCE DIGITAL ETIQUETTE INTO YOUR ROUTINE
‘Take the high ground and engage in conversation without your phone in sight,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said.
‘You will be amazed how others will feel valued and that they will know you are listening.’
5. PUT OTHERS AT EASE
‘Create an environment of inclusiveness so everyone around you feels confident and relaxed,’ Ms Lamberg-Burnet said.
‘Etiquette and protocol is “knowing what is appropriate when” and putting people at ease.’