Drinks and Hors D'oeuvresAt a business reception drinks and hors d'oeuvres will more than likely be served - from a bar, buffet table, trays carried by waiters circulating around the room, or a combination thereof.
The BarIf there is no true bar on the premises, bartenders will serve from a table, mixing drinks or pouring wine or beer as requested. Before ordering, be certain it's your turn; if you're in doubt, ask anyone who arrived at the bar or drinks table before you whether he or she is being served.
Waiters, too, will probably be passing through the room with trays, serving drinks. Don't make a beeline to the waiter to grab a glass or place your order; either wait patiently until the waiter comes your way or go stand in line at the drinks table or bar. Keep the drink in your left hand so that your right is ready for handshakes. When your glass is empty, look for a sideboard or tables where used glasses and plates are deposited; if you can't find one, ask a waiter or the bartender what to do with your glass, and then thank him when he more than likely takes it.
Do not tip the bartender unless there is a cash bar; in which case you will also pay for your drinks- an arrangement that's unlikely at a formal affair.
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