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.

Birthday Dinners... who pays? what is the etiquette?

by AmblerGirl 10 years ago

I have seen alot of diversity regarding the etiquette of who pays if a group of people go out to a restaurant to cele...


ricepad commented 21 days ago

Alice in wonderland theme? Food/buffet ideas?

by kikandy 26 days ago

Hello, we’re having a large gala dinner (120+ people). And each person is suggesting an idea and must search it and p...


acgold7 commented 22 days ago

Thanksgiving Etiquette (rant alert)

by ssahls 3 months ago

1. RSVP. Teach your kids to RSVP 2. Don't come as a guest for 20 years and never offer to host. 3. Don't bring your...


CaliforniaJoseph commented 1 month ago

Tipping before or after added tax?

by marymac 6 years ago

When we go to a restaurant, I always tip on the whole amount. My friend says you should tip only for the food, not th...


CaliforniaJoseph commented 1 month ago

Guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

by hala 8 years ago

Hubby and I were brought up to always offer to do the dishes after dinner at someone's house. We always ask first and...


fryerlover commented 1 month ago

When a guest insists upon bringing the main dish to a dinner party

by dkrnet 2 months ago

My wife and I are hosting a holiday dinner party. For the first time in several years my brother, whom we don't reall...


MikeG commented 1 month ago

How to politely say "do not bring food" on invitation

by rp17 2 months ago

I'm planning on throwing a 40th birthday party for my husband. We are inviting friends and family, and some of those...

thegforceny commented 2 months ago

Potluck buffet for an orchestra

by jsbc78 2 months ago

I'm in charge of planning a meal for an orchestra in February. I've been informed by the manager that one of the musi...

hotoynoodle commented 2 months ago

Dear Dear Dinner Guest

by sandylc 3 months ago

I love having you over, even though it is a lot of work for me. I guess there is additional benefit (besides your gr...

KarenDW commented 2 months ago

When a Dipper is a Dip

by breadchick 3 months ago

Scene: family member pulls a crispy cheese topped dip from the oven and sets it to rest for a bit before serving. It ...

breadchick commented 3 months ago


by georgia201 3 months ago

I’m a victim of non-responses to RSVP. I live in a gated community serviced by gate access personnel. Names must be l...


sr44 commented 3 months ago

Who selects the birthday dinner venue?

by thevalleyites 8 months ago

If you invite someone out for a birthday dinner, who should pick the restaurant? The inviter or celebrant? What is th...


Foxeyblue commented 3 months ago

Tipping for Catering Drop-Off?

by Jacquilynne 12 months ago

A caterer is dropping off a buffet dinner in chafing dishes for a party and then picking up the chafing dishes the ne...


JoannaNYC commented 4 months ago

If you invite does that mean you pay?

by cami8917 4 months ago

Hello, I’m currently dealing with a small dilemma and need some opinions. My wife’s birthday is coming up and I deci...


JoannaNYC commented 4 months ago

Halloween Party for Kids and Adults

by PeachLakeBaker 4 months ago

I'm having a Halloween party for kids and adults. It's next weekend, and so far, more than 20 adults and about 15 ki...


PeachLakeBaker commented 4 months ago

Graduation Party Guest Etiquette

by nikkibgood79 10 months ago

My daughter is graduating soon. I am a photographer so I had created the guest invites using photos I took. My mother...


GH1618 commented 4 months ago

The second French paradox: splitting the tab

by mangeur 11 months ago

We've mostly settled upon a comfortable way to settle the bill. For the most part, just split the tab. But it's ...


Billy33 commented 4 months ago

Finger food make ahead party menu

by tweet13 4 months ago

I'm need helping planning a halloween party menu. I'm trying to achieve a menu which I can make ahead of time and ca...

hotoynoodle commented 4 months ago

60th Anniversary Party Planning

by BakerAtHeart24 4 months ago

We are throwing my grandparents a 60th anniversary party and I'm stumped about what to serve. My mom and aunt want to...

hotoynoodle commented 4 months ago

Caterer in the Oakville, Burlington Area for a Very Small in Home Wedding

by marshaw 9 months ago

I have been asked to find a caterer for 20 people for a wedding in September. I'm looking for a company that can prov...

ChefWill2 commented 5 months ago