As a new associate, I have been invited to a young partner’s holiday “open house” (what the invitation says). Should I take a hostess present (his wife sent the invitations) and, if so, what can I take besides a bottle of wine? I’m guessing a lot of us are having the same issues so a post on this would be great!
We’re sorry to say that we’re stumped on this one. On the one hand, a nice bottle of wine or champagne is never unappreciated. On the other hand, we’ve been to enough parties at partner’s houses that we can see there being a catering staff on hand, which would make the bottle of wine seem inappropriate. Our $.02 is that we’d probably arrive with nothing, gauge the situation, and send flowers after the fact if you think they’re called for. Get two or three other associates to chip in on something really nice, and thank the hostess for a nice time.