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Why won't guests use coasters????

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Why won't guests use coasters????

c oliver | Feb 3, 2009 07:52 AM

(Hopefully this is close enough to food that the whole post won't get deleted!)

We entertain a good bit and will always start with drinks and apps in the living room. I have coasters within plain sight and plenty of them. But I would guess 75% of the time, people ignore them and put their "sweating" drink glasses down on the wood furniture. It's even worse if it's a big party - almost 100% of the time. I'm not talking about people who were raised in a barn. These are generally people who otherwise know what they should do and do it. They have nice furniture in their own homes but don't use coasters there either. For small gatherings, I'll just position myself by them with coaster at the ready, and hand it to them with a little "here let me give you this." That works but then they're apt to "forget" it the next time they're here. At a big party we had a few years ago, one of our grown daughters was in town for it and I actually asked her to keep an eye out and just slip coasters under glasses. I know this isn't just a Left Coast thing because a friend in NYC complains loudly about the same thing. Do any of you have this problem and how do YOU deal with it? Thanks for letting me vent my spleen if nothing else :)

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