Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tip For Party Hosts

re-post

If you are hosting a shoeless party and a guest arrives who is wearing a very nice pair of shoes or a pair of shoes you know to be new, always complement them. That way, they will not mind so much leaving them at the door.

17 comments:

Sandro said...

Sometimes, plastic/fabric bags are seen an altenative for slippers/stockinged feet. Yet I think there are some reasons to disfavor those:
1)whatever tramplians think of what they call the ugliness of feet, bags look obviosuly awkward, and so would feel anyone wearing them;
a girl in in a Russian forum suggested such bags as an alternative when visiting homes, but everybody laughed at this suggesion.
2)such bags are really slippery and so dangerous for the wearer; a lady in a Baku forum said she had been using them in her child's kindergarten until she fell a couple of times, which made her switch to slippers
3)street shoes are not allowed in kindergartens and hospitals around the ex-Soviet countries; visitors ar often offered bags to put on their shoes; yet quite often shoes-off is still required, with optional bags/stockinged feet/slippers; the reason is dirt from shoes still penetrates fabric and plastic esp. if there is some leakage.
4)shoes bags still don't protect parquet from heels

Sandro said...

I've just seen an old 1968 clip of Hush by Deep Purple: lots of people are dancing in the studio glamourously dressed, but quite anybody's feet seem shoeless. What could be the reason?

Sandro said...

sorry, forgot to provide the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXcqxms3Bs

Sandro said...

sorry for 4 posts in a row ), yet only now have I noticed it's been in Hugh Hefner Mansion, as it's told in the clip comments - could that be the reason?

Celestial Fundy said...

Are you sure they are not wearing shoes? I could see some of them had shoes on, but I could not see anybody who was definitely shoeless in that video.

Sandro said...

I've the same video as DVD in a much better quality: I've definitely seen 6 or 7 people shoeless.
Yet what do you think on
my first post?

Bob's wife said...

My husband, Bob, occasionally posts here and he showed this to me. here is a womens perspective.
First let me remind you that I always bring a pair of ballerina type slippers to wear when visiting. If you are hosting a party you should always tell guests in advance about no shoes allowed. However if you didn't, complimenting a women on her stylish or new shoes and then requesting that she leave them at the door is not a wise idea. She might suppose that you did not want anyone else to see them...we females can be quite vain...I feel it would be better to just politely tell her that the house rule is no shoes and would she be so kind as to take them off.
Just a females suggestion!!

Sandro said...

In the Caucasus, it's usual that a hostess compliments a guest lady's shoes, which still doesn't mean to make her shoelesness more willing as shoes come off by default in most cases )

Sandro said...

Ladies here usually find sporting theur shoes in the lobby sufficient, and use rooms for sporting pedicures and nylons )

Celestial Fundy said...

Sandro, you wanted that first comment to be posted? You didn't say. I'll do that.

Celestial Fundy said...

Mrs. Bob, it's nice to see you here again. I hope you will continue to visit and comment when you can spare the time.

Thanks for your input. I do think it is polite to compliment a guest if she has made the effort to wear something nice. If everybody else will have their shoes off, will it be such an injustice to take them off?

Bob's Wife said...

CF of course there would be no injustice in her removing her shoes. The point I was attempting to make was that complimenting her shoes would not have an affect on how she felt about removing them

Celestial Fundy said...

You may be right.

Moderate Mouse said...

As some of you may recall, it's been almost a year since I bought a pair of ballet flat slippers for the first time and started substituting those for shoes inside my home, but it was for reasons that didn't necessarily have to do with cleanliness.

This week, I've been staying at my sister's house (which is probably the closest I have to a "second home"; and no, there is no "shoes off" rule there) due to a family emergency and have brought my slipper habit with me, saving actual shoes for when/if I have any business calling me off the property or at least outside. I have found that, at least after having started my slipper habit, if the dogs that my sister and her boyfriend have see me with my shoes on, they will follow me around just in case my "outside business" consists of walking one or both of them (which it occasionally has).

(P.S. To Bob's Wife: If you're reading this, I also tend to opt for ballet flat slippers that I have on hand when I'm not going to be in actual shoes. For what it's worth, the last time I checked the Big Lots in my hometown had said style of slippers in packs of two on sale for $6.00.)

Celestial Fundy said...

Those dogs are smart!

How would you react if you attended a party and the host complemented you on your shoes before you had to remove them? Would it make a difference if you knew in advance whether you were expected to remove your shoes?

Colonic Cleansing said...

Hahaha! This is funny, but does this really work? If I get complimented with my shoes, I would be more than willing to wear it with me all the time and flaunt it. Hehehe :)

Celestial Fundy said...

Perhaps you should try it.