PRESS UPDATE : THE SPECTATOR LIFE .. NOVEMBER 4TH 2016....
How to survive the party season
It’s going to be murder out there, from now till New Year. Spectactor Life writer Dame Joan Collins explain how to get through it!
There are various simple ways to survive the six-week explosion of
embossed white-card invitations,exclusive ‘e-vites’ and the occasional
last-minute phone call that many of us receive between November and the
New Year. My best advice is to bin the invitations that celebrate the
opening of a restaurant, shop or gallery.In my experience these will be
choc-a-bloc with people I don’t know among a sprinkling of paparazzos.
Conserve your energies for those intimate gatherings where you are sure
to see plenty of friends and no cameras. Once you’ve decided which venue
you will honour with your presence, here are some survival tips: eat
something before you leave — some soup, a hard-
boiled egg, hummus on crackers; alcohol on an empty stomach is the
quickest route to a hangover. If it’s a drinks party, don’t stay too
long as you’re bound to get plastered. If it’s a dinner party, arrive 45
minutes after the indicated time so that you don’t drink too much
before dinner; that long cocktail hour, which too often becomes an hour
and a half, can be fatal. And finally, be picky. Don’t be the person who
goes to the opening of an envelope. The two golden rules of showbiz —
always play hard to get and leave them wanting more — apply to
everything in life!