Just relax and have fun. I hate going to these things but I normally just drink a lot and end up partying lol in a classier way of course. One thing I have been complimented on is being a very classy drunk when I need to be. Wouldnâ€™t my Daddy be proud
My advice would be to learn about cutlery, plates, and glasses and which one should be used for which meal. Usually these things have a multiple of items on the table. The rule of thumb for cutlery is to work from the outside to the inside. These things are basically about having fun, small talk, and being on your best behavior. There are certain things that arenâ€™t necessary but are guidelines for these things. Such as always placing your napkin on your lap when seated to eat and if you leave, leave the napkin on your chair and not the table. While eating bread pull off small pieces and butter it instead of buttering the whole piece and swallowing it whole lol. My boyfriend does thisâ€¦ avoid messy foods, donâ€™t put on makeup at the table. I am trying to think of some other small things but I cant. Its mostly just being confidant, and classy, its all pretty basic, and straightforward.
Donâ€™t worry about not knowing anyone or being shy. As long as you stand up straight, and make eye contact your good to go. If someone engages in conversation with you the best way to have people think you are an awesome conversationalist is to ask questions on whatever they are talking about and seems very interested. If its for a business ask the person about what they do and keep asking smaller questions to their answers. Once that gets old ask about family, kids etc, people love to talk about their loved ones. Eventually you will feel confident enough with that person to engage in a more friendly comfortable conversation being as you now know the person better. If you pass that person while walking smile and say hello to them and if you remember their name say it, itâ€™s a friendly gesture.
I think the main thing is learning about whatâ€™s on the table and when to use it and relaxing. These things can be so much fun and the food is always awesome. Enjoy yourself, itâ€™ll be romantic in a way, dressing up and going to a fancy dinner with your man, sounds good to me!