Entertaining & Etiquette

Discuss all things related to proper manners and entertaining guests, including table linens, host gifts, tipping, how to behave in the grocery store, and RSVP etiquette.


A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

by gutreactions 4 years ago

Here we are at a popular local arts theater waiting for the film to begin when a couple comes in, paper bag in hand, and begins to spread their larder on their laps. It was a sandwich and sides the...

"Tips" of Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 23 days ago

"Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind...

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

by Enjoyyourfood 4 years ago

I've been invited to a friends suprise birthday party by a mutual acquaintance. When she had initially invited she did not mention there would be a cost and I had even asked her if she needed anyth...

Cigarette smoke gets in your food

by Spice_zing 7 years ago

Scenario A: Greek Resto X was a two hour drive from home and had delicious moussaka. I happened to be in the area on business and ordered take-out. My mouth was watering during the drive home b...

Hosting my first dinner party!

by makeupyourworld 3 months ago

Hello chowhound! I'm a newbie here but have been lurking and cooking for awhile. I recently turned 20 and I cook dinner for company 2-3 nights per week. During the school week I keep meals simple b...

Food "etiquette" after a death

by danhole 10 years ago

What is the standard, wherever you are, after a death in the family? Does someone bring food to your home, for the family, or is food provided after the service (as in funeral/memorial/burial)? I a...

Planning a party - food quantity help

by sunenihs 4 months ago

Hello - I am planning a party for about 60 people. It is going to be a BBQ, and I am going to get ribs for 45 catered from a local BBQ joint. I am going to do the sides myself, and also am thinking...

Sharing Wine

by 1Terri 4 months ago

If I bring a good bottle of desert wine to a neighbors house, is it proper to take the leftovers home?

Host gifts for challenging hosts

by cresyd 4 years ago

I recently visited some family in a situation where I knew that showing up with a gift would be challenging (they have very lofty standards regarding food and design in terms of what is/isn't ok) a...

Settle a BBQ Etiquette Disagreement, Please?

by oursouthernsojourn 2 years ago

Hello Chowhounders! I've just come back from a trip and my husband has decided he would like to have a barbecue tomorrow for the 4th of July. I'm happy to host - we like to entertain and keep e...

WHEN to compliment food/chef

by gizmo18 1 year ago

Often times, dh eats his meal within 5-10 minutes of him being served. He occasionally will sit there with the kids and myself to relax or process the meal, but a lot of times, whether he waits a f...

Creative Alternative to Taco Catering 2018 version

by daintysharky 7 months ago

Hello, I saw a four year old post about alternative to taco catering for a children's party. I was wondering if you all had any ideas beyond BBQ, a food truck (logistics don't work), and burgers? A...

Etiquette -- Napkin upon leaving the table mid-dinner

by Wondering 14 years ago

Seems there are two rules of thought -- that it be left on the chair (as no one wants to see a used napkin on the table or next to a dish) -- which is what I usually do; or, that it be left to the ...

What are your favorite fall hosting tips?

by rawright 8 months ago

I'm interested to know what everyone's favorite fall hosting tips are. I love having cider in the fridge to be able to spice and warm up when friends come over. We change up the cheese we use on ou...

Categories for pickle party?

by AeroGal619 10 months ago

I’m hosting a pickle party- where everyone has to bring a dish featuring pickles. It will be a small gathering, so I only want like 3 or 4 categories for priZes. Most creative or unique? Best o...

Banquet hall tipping - when guest thinks servers are getting it, but owners pocket all...

by niccole 4 years ago

I am a server at a banquet hall, we do wedding, birthday parties, seminars, etc... I make $22/hr on the books ( not complaining ) Once in a while, the host of a party will go around themselve...

Dear Dear Dinner Guest

by sandylc 1 year ago

I love having you over, even though it is a lot of work for me. I guess there is additional benefit (besides your great company) for me in getting my house clean for the event, however! Please ...

Open bar - should you tip the bartender

by princeofpork 8 years ago

I am throwing a party for my wife and I am covering the bar tab. I want to better understand if the bartender should expect tips from the patrons or if I need to add that on top at the end of the ...

How much food to order?

by sals42 1 year ago

Hi guys, I am planning my little sister's high school graduation party in a couple of weeks. The event will be in the backyard and I have 50 people coming total. Mostly adults and along with a cou...

Tortilla etiquette - you got to know when to fold

by rworange 9 years ago

Reading some of the comments on this blog, I am wondering if there is tortilla etiquette? http://hellofromhere.blogspot.com/2007/04/miss-manners-international.html I am wondering if there are s...