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What etiquette do you expect of your dinner guests?

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What etiquette do you expect of your dinner guests?

shazzer65 | Feb 18, 2007 08:44 PM

I have been thinking a lot about dinner etiquette lately : my goal is to encourage my kids to respect and appreciate the work of the cook and to learn to be good dinner guests. (okay, they are only 1 and 3 right now, but I figure I should start young)

After a stressful dinner with difficult guests, I realized I have certain expectations of my dinner guests and I'm wondering what expectations (if any) you have of your guests.

Here are some of mine:

I would like my guests to arrive on time

I would prefer if guests don't start eating until I sit down with them. I feel like a wait person instead of a dinner companion when people *dig in* while I'm still bringing the food to the table or plating other guests' meals.

Compliments are always appreciated but at the very least, I think *Thank-you for dinner* is very important phrase at the end of the meal.

I am not sure if I expect this or not..but I always like to bring my host a gesture of gratitude (wine, flowers, etc.)

Goes without saying that I expect my guests to be respectful of the other guests...

What expectations do you have of your guests or of yourself as a guest?

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