Oakridge Style: The Occasion

Comments 156 by Rebecca Bollwitt

If your summer has been anything like mine, it’s been filled fun at weddings, festivals, barbecues, and dinner parties. Oakridge Centre has just unveiled a new online resource for these happenings called The Occasion, which is the good guest’s guide to attending any event in style.


The Occasion provides ideas for different events including themed and cultural weddings, parties, and dinners. What to bring, what to do or expect, gift giving tips, what to wear, and more.

To celebrate the launch of this online, magazine-style guide, Oakridge Style is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a brilliant Birks freshwater pearl necklace valued at $750. To top that off, they are also offering a $100 Oakridge gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a tip you have for being a good guest at a summer event (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00pm. Follow Oakridge on Twitter and Facebook for more information. Oakridge is located on the south west corner of the intersection at Cambie Street and 41st Avenue, 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver or Richmond. Get there by car or via the Oakridge Canada Line stop.

Update The winner is @goolsofjewels!

156 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Ten YangFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 2:18pm PDT

    Being a good guest, you make sure you bring something to the host (wine or something to share), always offer to help out and be considerate of everyone there. Pick up after yourself and let the host know how appreciative you are!

  2. christopheFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 2:56pm PDT

    Why not offer to drive a few people who have had alcoholic drinks home?

  3. Michael KwanFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 3:07pm PDT

    If you think you may be going into someone’s house, avoid wearing sandals. Many homeowners ask their guests to remove their shoes and no one wants their guest walking barefoot all over their freshly cleaned floors.

  4. Janet Y.J. KongFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 3:07pm PDT

    Help out with the kids activities.

  5. katFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 3:17pm PDT

    A good guest brings a great host/hostess gift as a token of appreciation!

  6. janFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 3:25pm PDT

    Don’t drink too much!

  7. LiaFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 3:40pm PDT

    Always check in with the host/hostess and see if they need you to bring anything or pick up anything on your way over

  8. ValerieFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 3:47pm PDT

    Bring Sangria! 🙂

  9. SylviaFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 4:01pm PDT

    Making sure to pick up all the garbage around you before leaving..

  10. PJFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 4:39pm PDT

    No snoring at parties no matter how boring the other guests are!

  11. KatieFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 5:14pm PDT

    To be a good guest anytime anywhere always leave the area you’re visiting cleaner then how you found it. 🙂

  12. Elizabeth BFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 6:19pm PDT

    don’t overstay your welcome! 🙂

  13. Andrew ForrestFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 7:01pm PDT

    Remember people’s names – especially the ones you want to mingle with the most!

  14. Dayna WilsonFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 7:49pm PDT

    Always bring a gift for the host.

  15. AmFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 7:50pm PDT

    Bring a host/hostess gift and offer to clean up at the end. A thank you card afterwards is also nice.

  16. LindaFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 8:16pm PDT

    Make sure you send a handwritten thank you card after the event. Emails don’t cut it!

  17. PegFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 8:43pm PDT

    Make an effort to mingle – especially if you spot other guests who look like they might not know anyone other than the host or their date.

  18. LindaFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 8:54pm PDT

    Bring flowers

  19. magicguyFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 9:10pm PDT

    Clean up after own mess.

  20. ElysiaFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 9:23pm PDT

    Bring the wine

  21. JoanneFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 10:48pm PDT

    If it’s a gathering at someone’s home (e.g., a dinner party), offer to help with preparations or the cleanup.

  22. CliffFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 11:23pm PDT

    Bring food and wine to share

  23. BrendaFriday, July 25th, 2014 — 11:24pm PDT

    Bring a homemade dessert using local seasonal fruit

  24. RebeccaSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 12:03am PDT

    Definitely bring something for the host/hostess and maybe a dish or beverage to share with others

  25. HeidiSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 1:21am PDT

    Bring an appetizer and a bottle of wine!

  26. GordSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 1:39am PDT

    Bring a favourite bottle of wine to share 🙂

  27. lucSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 7:46am PDT

    Volunteer to do the dishes!

  28. Michelle LSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 8:05am PDT

    I would say bring presents or gifts, everybody likes a gift

  29. SwapnilSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 8:22am PDT

    Bring a gift, preferably food or drinks

  30. Richard WSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 8:44am PDT

    Never overstay your welcome

  31. VaniaSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 8:57am PDT

    I usually bring a bottle of wine and flowers. If I am close to the person, I offer help to prepare or bring appies or dessert. And yes, help clean up after! Parties are fun, but it can be quite messy when they are over!

  32. DoraSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 9:25am PDT

    I always bring a nice bouquet of flowers and my favourite wine to share.

  33. kaySaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 9:32am PDT

    Be on time

  34. chinaeyes13Saturday, July 26th, 2014 — 9:45am PDT

    Whoop whoop! I like to share a sweet and refreshing dessert.

  35. Elaine DengSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 9:59am PDT

    A good tip is to bring some cold drinks!

  36. ClareSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 10:21am PDT

    Be punctual

  37. tracySaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 10:30am PDT

    volunteer to help clean up

  38. KatherineSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 10:37am PDT

    Call the next day to thank the host and say what a great time you had
    (assuming you did 🙂

  39. JoanneSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 10:40am PDT

    A nice bottle of wine.

  40. CherylSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 10:42am PDT

    Show respect for your hosts–don’t show up in t-shirt and shorts for a wedding.

  41. FrancesSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 11:14am PDT

    Bring a bottle of wine……and offer to help

  42. NatalieSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 12:00pm PDT

    Bring a hostess gift and offer to help with tidying up!

  43. KittyPrideSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 12:09pm PDT

    Bring liquid refreshments, non alcoholic and bags of ice in a cooler

  44. Teresa KSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 12:11pm PDT

    Be thankful.

  45. SamanthaSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 12:35pm PDT

    Bring dessert

  46. LindsaySaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 12:43pm PDT

    Bring wine and dessert!

  47. IainSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 1:08pm PDT

    See things from the hosts’ perspective – what do they need/want, what would they appreciate or value?

  48. MarianneSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 1:33pm PDT

    Bring own potluck!!

  49. GraceSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 1:33pm PDT

    Don’t bring uninvited guests.

  50. StephanieSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 1:59pm PDT

    Arrive on time.

  51. NancySaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 2:24pm PDT

    Bring wine!

  52. CaitlinSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 2:26pm PDT

    Offer to help clean up!

  53. EileenSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 4:36pm PDT

    I ask if there’s anything I can pick up on the way over just in case they forgot/running low on something.

  54. UrsulaSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 6:25pm PDT

    Bring something for the host.

  55. Arjun RudraSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 7:57pm PDT

    Dont arrive empty handed.

  56. Sunshine HSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 9:09pm PDT

    Always take something with you, leave it cleaner than when you arrived, and send a note to say thank you. If it’s a public event, take your garbage home with you or put it in the bins available.

  57. Mary WSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 10:52pm PDT

    Bring desserts

  58. LindaSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 11:15pm PDT

    Take all your garbage with you or throw it away before you leave.

  59. AngelaSaturday, July 26th, 2014 — 11:47pm PDT

    Bottle of wine if a private event at a home, or public summer event… be ready to have fun, but courteous of others.

  60. RobbieSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 12:49am PDT

    Don’t ever go empty handed, even if it’s just flowers.

  61. mariaSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 9:17am PDT

    Be respectful, don’t push or budge.

  62. EmiliaSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 9:59am PDT

    bring extra chairs and help clean up

  63. liz eynonSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 12:01pm PDT

    Be a good listener and always bring a hostess gift.

  64. Kathy E.Sunday, July 27th, 2014 — 12:18pm PDT

    Be on time, at or shortly after (15 minutes) and do not arrive early. 🙂

  65. GigiSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 1:05pm PDT

    Help take care of the kids

  66. SandraSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 1:07pm PDT

    Bring liquor!

  67. DBSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 2:49pm PDT

    check in with the host about what you can bring and when they say nothing – bring something special anyhow.

  68. VinceSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 2:59pm PDT

    Bring smiles and be an easy to please guest!

  69. BonsSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 4:09pm PDT

    Offer to bring food, dessert or drinks

  70. DenBSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 4:21pm PDT

    Clean up after yourself.

  71. Ron SSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 6:33pm PDT

    Don’t overstay!

  72. Cindy SmithSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 6:38pm PDT

    Offer to help set-up, clean or any do any prep for the event.

  73. Sherry FSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 7:32pm PDT

    help clean up a bit as the evening goes along, even if just putting a few dishes in dishwasher.

  74. Lucie BSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 11:21pm PDT

    Help clean up after!

  75. DilaraSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 11:27pm PDT

    I always offer to help clean up. And make sure to bring a thoughtful hostess gift.

  76. Katie BorrettSunday, July 27th, 2014 — 11:47pm PDT

    RSVP in a timely manner, and then actually show up #noflakes

  77. Lindsay CMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 12:01am PDT

    Ask in advance what you can bring, such as wine or dessert. And touch base the day of the event to see if the host needs you to pick up any last minute items on your way over.

  78. mike kMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 12:14am PDT

    be friendly and respectful to all the other guests

  79. Karen HMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 12:24am PDT

    Watch the portion of food you put on your plate. If there are only 12 chicken wings and 10 guests, take only 1 wing on your first pass so that everyone has a chance to try it.

  80. SharonMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 1:10am PDT

    Bring something for the host!

  81. KateMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 8:02am PDT

    RSVP early and let people know in advance if you have any dietary concerns, accessibility issues, etc. so both you and the hosts can be comfortable!

  82. JeannelleMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 8:13am PDT

    Help with dishes!

  83. SanazMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 10:10am PDT

    Bring a healthy dish to the party and engaging with all the guests!

  84. TiffanyMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 10:20am PDT

    Don’t overstay your welcome. The hosts want to go to sleep eventually.

  85. DonnaMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 10:44am PDT

    bring food, keep the bathroom clean, and leave when everyone else leaves!

  86. DebMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 11:24am PDT

    always bring a Hostess gift, a bottle of wine, or some flowers, and above all else help clean up the dishes 🙂

  87. JenniferMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 11:37am PDT

    Be courteous and don’t drink too much or cause an unwanted scene

  88. HannahMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 11:41am PDT

    Bring a bottle of wine!

  89. taniaMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 12:14pm PDT

    Help with dishes!

  90. rinoMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 12:15pm PDT

    Bring Sangria

  91. KathleenMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 1:18pm PDT

    bring something for the host!

  92. AJYLMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 1:47pm PDT

    Help tidy up

  93. JoyceMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 2:24pm PDT

    help with the dishes

  94. MeghanMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 3:51pm PDT

    Bring a bottle of wine:)

  95. PeterMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 5:24pm PDT

    Make everyone feel unique.

  96. JovitaMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 7:06pm PDT

    bring something thoughtful for the host. He or she worked hard to have you as a guest and deserves something special and nice

  97. HeidiMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 9:31pm PDT

    Bring something to share

  98. SharonMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 9:37pm PDT

    Don’t wear out your welcome.

  99. BryanMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 10:08pm PDT

    Be the designated driver!

  100. JeffMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 10:24pm PDT

    I bring my own alcohol.

  101. SarahMonday, July 28th, 2014 — 11:34pm PDT

    Bringing the host/hostess flowers or another gift!

  102. StotesTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 6:11am PDT

    Bring something for the host–food, drink, or both, and don’t overstay.

  103. KristaTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 7:22am PDT

    Send flowers in advance or after the event. Don’t take flowers to the event…the host has their hands full already and finding a vase is not on the top of the list!

  104. TaigiTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 7:23am PDT

    Bring Wine.

  105. AlexTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 8:31am PDT

    Bring wine/beer and be nice

  106. AnneTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 8:58am PDT

    Bring wine, make an effort to mingle, and don’t over stay your welcome.

  107. ceciliaTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 9:24am PDT

    bring the wine!

  108. Jeanne VoonTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 10:06am PDT

    Bring host/hostess a gift

  109. ShirleyTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 10:46am PDT

    Clean up any mess you see.

  110. TonyTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 11:14am PDT

    bring two bottles of wine, one as a gift for the host/hostess and the other to share with guests

  111. lindawwwwTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 12:06pm PDT

    As people begin to leave, help the host/hostess clean up.

  112. MaryTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 2:08pm PDT

    Tip for being a good guest, arrive to the event with a gift to the host or hostess. Assist the host or hostess bringing food out. At the end of the event offer to help with tidying up!

  113. KristinaTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 8:49pm PDT

    Always offer to help clean up or do dishes.

  114. kittyTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 9:00pm PDT

    Go with an upbeat attitude and talk to everyone at least once – kids, wallflowers, strangers, hosts. Everyone.

  115. Casey millerTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 9:05pm PDT

    Don’t interrupt people.

  116. KarenTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 9:09pm PDT

    Offer to help clean-up after the event is over.

  117. RichardTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 10:21pm PDT

    If you’re going to an outdoor event, make sure when you leave, it is cleaner than when you arrived

  118. HelenTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 10:32pm PDT

    Wine and beer.

  119. LinTuesday, July 29th, 2014 — 10:56pm PDT

    Offer to organise a carpool to and from the event

  120. CarolWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 9:49am PDT

    Bring homemade food to share with you.

  121. TammyWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 9:57am PDT

    Bring extra dessert 🙂

  122. VanessaWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 10:43am PDT

    Tip: Never arrive empty handed

  123. Tim WongWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 10:45am PDT

    Offer to help clean up afterwards or set up for the party. An extra hand goes a long way!

  124. MoniqueWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 2:57pm PDT

    Bring a bottle of wine!!!

  125. Peter KhooWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 3:07pm PDT

    Help with the cleaning up!

  126. Deepiks SheemarWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 5:26pm PDT

    Bring the dessert and help in organizing the event.

  127. lisaWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 8:56pm PDT

    bring a thoughtful gift for the host!

  128. EmilyWednesday, July 30th, 2014 — 10:32pm PDT

    Help do dishes!

  129. ChristyThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 2:39am PDT

    Bring a Pavlova cake from Sweet e sweet & Bakery! (Everyone loves that)

  130. DonaldThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 7:38am PDT

    Show your appreciation by trying all their food dishes.

  131. JenThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 11:40am PDT

    Bring something delicious to snack on or drink, be polite and help out with clean up!

  132. SamanthaThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 12:26pm PDT

    Clean up after yourself and offer to help out

  133. valerieThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 12:31pm PDT

    Tip: don’t leave a trail of garbage behind you! And bus your own dishware if possible.

  134. Lisa MartinThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 3:08pm PDT


  135. JuliaThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 3:40pm PDT

    Clean up after your self – always!

  136. WallyThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 9:36pm PDT

    Bring some wine.

  137. JulieThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 10:12pm PDT

    Bring/offer to go get ice!

  138. TracyThursday, July 31st, 2014 — 10:14pm PDT

    Bring a food item or host gift and clean up after yourself!

  139. angela griffinFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 4:02am PDT

    always bring something – wine, dessert etc – with you

  140. mike gismondiFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 4:02am PDT

    Clean up your own plates

  141. Sue A.Friday, August 1st, 2014 — 4:16am PDT

    A good guest should follow the rules set in the invitation first, like being on time and bringing what is asked of them, but they can also bring a thoughtful gift for the hostess/host that is for their personal (non-party) use.

  142. LinFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 6:26am PDT

    Make sure you bring your host a small token of appreciation.

  143. MarkFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 6:49am PDT

    Help with the clean up.

  144. Wai WaiFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 7:12am PDT

    Bring some GOOD wine for your host to enjoy.

  145. KevinFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 7:29am PDT

    Don’t be a party pooper and avoid being negative. Mingle and be nice!

  146. Geoff C.Friday, August 1st, 2014 — 7:42am PDT

    Do not be late nor cancel last minute after you’ve RSVPed

  147. MonicaFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 8:54am PDT

    Always clean up after yourself, and don’t over stay your welcome

  148. Gabriella SchmidtFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 9:06am PDT

    Bring a little gift for the hostess like a bottle of wine or something else. Offer to help clean up.

  149. TinFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 11:36am PDT

    Askk if hosts need any help

  150. JeannieFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 11:37am PDT

    Help clean up at the end of the party.

  151. Lisa T.Friday, August 1st, 2014 — 11:45am PDT

    Send a hand written note after the event to thank the hosts. They will very much appreciate it!

  152. Jan AndersonFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 11:59am PDT

    A big no-no: hovering over the food table and eating all of the appetizers. Leaving some for other guests is appreciated! Sip your drink, don’t inhale it; you want to be invited back. Also, have a few good topics for conversation starters; such as… The weather. Always a classic topic of conversation in Vancouver! lol

  153. SandiFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 3:32pm PDT

    A good rose will make any host happy!

  154. SandyFriday, August 1st, 2014 — 6:30pm PDT

    Offer to help when you can

  155. DebSaturday, August 2nd, 2014 — 7:53am PDT

    Find out what your host/hostess’ favourite candy/chocolate is & bring it as a gift

  156. MaggiMonday, August 4th, 2014 — 8:26pm PDT

    Bring flowers!

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