2 Things You MUST Do Before A Holiday Party

There's such an excitement in the air during the holidays, making it a no-brainer why it's a favorite time of year for many. There's some stress too, let's be honest. The most stressful part for me used to be the holiday parties!

I'm serious. But really, I used to dread them for two reasons:
  • my smile
  • small talk
And today I'm sharing the 2 things you MUST do before a holiday party. These are tried and true, y'all:

Small talk used to freak me out. I'm an introvert in unfamiliar situations, and walking into a party shouting, "I'm HEREEEEE" with my arms wide open isn't really my style. The anxiety of talking would leave me often alone or clinging to the one person I knew. No longer.

Instead, I make a plan. I think of anecdotes, from something I've either read or about my life. You know how on game shows, they always get a small fact from the contestants? Have your "game show" anecdote prepared ahead of time.

"Did you know" facts work too. Being a beauty fanatic, I lean towards beauty tips (Did you know you can use lip balm in over a dozen ways?) or I talk about new beauty products (Love your lipstick. Have you heard about the new one from ___?)

If you don't feel comfortable talking about yourself at all, then think of three things to ask whomever you're talking to: How do you know the host(ess)? What's the last book read/show/movie watched? Favorite restaurant in this city?

Compliments work too (Love your lipstick/scarf/dress/shoes. Where did you get it/them?)

Leave weather, traffic and line of work as a last resort. And it never hurts to practice what you're going to say.

Next, the smile--I used to be so self-conscious of mine. Your teeth are one of the first things people notice. I'm a coffee drinker and the occasional dark soda drinker, so my teeth aren't as white as I'd like.

I've had it happen: getting ready for a party and then catching a glimpse of my teeth. Instead of spending a the party with a cup or hand over my mouth, I found an easy solution that takes an hour:

Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express Teeth Whitening Kit--yes, in one hour, years of teeth stains are removed. Here's a before and after of mine after 1 hour:

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The strips whiten teeth faster than ever and the Advanced Seal Technology's no-slip grip stays put, so you can talk and drink water while whitening teeth. I use them when I'm getting ready for a party.

How white are my teeth? I love it. So y'all know these really work.

crest 3d white whitestrips 1 hour bogo review

And luckily Walmart is having a BOGO deal, so buy one kit and get another for FREE! This is a limited time offer, so click here to purchase your own. There are eight teeth whitening strip treatments, each with one upper and lower strip.

And y'all know me, a little red lipstick (or red everything) for a party never hurt either!

What are your Must Dos before a holiday party?


  1. You have such a beautiful smile Elle! I wouldn't worry about that if I were you, and I think everyone agonizes over small talk! Teeth whitening is such a great pre-party trick.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. You have a gorgeous smile! I'm an introvert too and these are great tips for mingling at a party!

    Doused In Pink

  3. Your smile is beautiful girl! And that lipstick looks amazing on you! And love your tips for making small talk! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. Wow! I am impressed with the difference in only an hour! Love that you can see a change without tons of applications!

  5. ah i heard they had a bogo deal - awesome! i love whitestrips and use them every so often for a little boost. especially with all the coffee and tea i drink! two great tips!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. I use whitestrips before big events - they are always my go-to!! Their formula is the best! Gorgeous smile girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. nice product..you look so nice in these pics..I like your lipstick

  8. Small talk, nice little compliments and a big real smile, especially if this smile is framed by a beautiful, bright red lipstick, always make hanging out in parties and socializing much easier. I love Crest white strips.

  9. What one hour?!? That's amazing! I need to try these ASAP you teeth look so pretty!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  10. I hate making small talk at party's too lol!! I have one this weekend for my hubbys work, they do s Christmas party every years and I get so actions thinking about how I'm not going to know anyone and I'll stand/sit there awkward by his side all night LOL!!! I wish ny teeth weren't so sensitive so I could use the white strips!

  11. I've always wanted to try those but my teeth are so sensitive & anything 'whitening' just makes it worse... bah humbug :) haha

  12. I have to admit that I've always hated small talk, but I've found that if you just ask people about themselves, it's so much easier! Then you don't have to come up with anything interesting about yourself, and you might find something in common with others!

  13. I do need to get some Crest White Strips, but what I loved the most about this post were your tips on small talk! I hate making small talk at parties (fellow introvert here) and I love your tips about thinking of an anecdote or "game show fact", such a good idea! And the suggestions for questions to ask. Good tips!

  14. Gosh, your smile is gorgeous, Elle and your teeth is really white! i have yet to try Crest whitening strips but I'm currently using Smile Brilliant which I absolutely love!

    Reflection of Sanity | Palmer's Cocoa Butter Care Package Giveaway (Canada ONLY)

  15. I'm the same way at a party. My lipstick is usually is a good conversation starter, I'm always getting asked what color I have on.

  16. I am SO BAD at small talk! These are great tips. I love Crest White Strips. I just finished the box of Glamorous White ones the other day. They have the 30 min strips. I should try these 1 hour ones next time.

  17. That's amazing this works in one hour! Such a time saver during this busy season. Love the red lips too!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  18. I get social anxiety at parites too. I love how white these Crest White strips make your teeth. You have a beautiful smile!

  19. These strips are fabulous! I love the results! I have not tried this Crest kit yet but I will soon. Thanks for the small talk tips, Elle!


  20. I always try to think of conversation starts, I am a total introvert, too! I would never guess you are by your videos, tho! Lol! I love your smile, white teeth are a must with red lipstick!


  21. You have a beautiful smile Elle and that is a gorgeous shade of red lipstick!

  22. Look at that pretty smile :) I love your three questions prepared to ask others! That is so perfect!!! I think I am going to keep that in my pocket next time I get in a social situation outside my close friends. I hate small talk!

  23. I'm beyond self conscious about my smile. As soon as I have spare money for Invisalign or something similar, I'm going after it. Your smile is beautiful though! Love the lipstick too!

    Breakfast at Gracey's

  24. So crazy that works in an hour! Love your lipstick. :)

  25. Definitely a must before a holiday party! I love crest whitestrips!


  26. I so agree!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  27. This post couldn't have come at a better time because my holiday party is tomorrow and I have teeth whiteners in right now!

    xx katie // a touch of teal

  28. I love the crest white strips! Their deff my fave whitening product. And I can totally relate about the small talk/party situations. I used to be the life of the party but the older I get, the more anxiety I get. :/


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