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Acquittal Party Etiquette

Acquittal Party Etiquette

With Michael Jackson’s recent acquittal and acquittal party, there are a few simple party rules of etiquette everyone should know. Here are some, courtesy of eSSORTMENT, with my own amendments for the occasion:

1. The RSVP
When an invitation is sent, it is very impolite to ignore it. RSVP’s should be included in a self-addressed stamped envelope by your potential host. This should make it easy to reply. If an envelope is not included, call or send your reply by letter. Structure the formality of your reply according to the formality of the invitation.

2. Drinking
Make sure always to drink from a glass, and never from a glass bottle or can. Wine glasses should be held at the stem and sipped carefully. Avoid placing drinks on tables or surfaces that may stain.

3. Structure your Conversations
Parties are not meant for intense conversations. Avoid discussing anything that carries a lot of weight, like marriages or religion. Do not gossip because chances are it will be heard. Make eye contact and let your body language be open and free with other guests.

4. Attend Your Own Acquittal Party
Unlike Michael Jackson, it would probably be a good idea to show up for the big Indian Casino “thank you” party thrown for your friends, family, and jurors. Not only because it’s proper acquittal party etiquette, but it will also give you a chance to be the person that the press quotes.

5. Don’t Let Your Jurors Do All the Party Talking
Instead, the press will have to settle for juror Pauline Coccoz, who offered up such soundbites as “They were playing ‘Beat It,’ and I almost started to cry,” when discussing her entrance to the acquittal party. Or, when answering questions about her experience on the Jackson jury, Coccoz called it “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

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