n Do Nix the Debs Drama
So what if your school nemesis shows up in the same dress as you? And who cares if your biggest rival is talking behind your back? No fits, fights, or freak-outs allowed on your Deb’s night. If someone’s trying to rile you up, skip the drama queen act. Deb’s is a night for everyone to just have fun, so just ignore anyone who’s trying to stop you.
n Don’t Wait to Ask Your Date
This goes for guys and girls: If you have even the slightest idea who you want to ask, just go for it. When the Deb’s is looming that hottie you’ve got your eye on is going to be snatched up faster than a pair of designer shoes on clearance. Even if the answer is no, at least you’ll know - and you can come up with a Plan B so you won’t be left dateless the night before the Deb’s.
n Don’t Primp in Public
No doubt a night of partying will require some modest touch-ups - reapplying lipstick, cleaning up mascara, and fixing your hairdo. But there’s a thin line between touching up and giving an overhaul. Take it to the bathroom, but don’t spend the whole night there. The Deb’s is about having a great time with your friends - enjoy!
n Don’t Forget Your Manners
If you don’t know the dinner drill, here’s a basic primer. Guys, let your date pick her seat first and order first. Ladies, place your dinner napkin in your lap and keep those elbows off of the table! If you’re confused about the cutlery, here’s the rule of thumb: Start from the outside and work your way in. The outer fork is usually for the starter, while the inner fork is used for the main course.
n Do Be Polite to Parents
You don’t want to spend all night with them (you may not want to spend 15 minutes with them), but you’ll still want to pay special attention to your date’s parents. After all, it’s a big night for their little girl. Greet them politely and shake hands with every member of the family. Don’t roll your eyes or get impatient if they want to take one picture too many. Remember, lame as it seems, parents live for this stuff!
n Do Have Fun!
With so much time spent prepping for the Debs, you might have forgotten - the Debs is actually just one big party. Don’t let stress or nerves get in the way of a great time.
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