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.

WHEN to compliment food/chef

by gizmo18 2 months ago

Often times, dh eats his meal within 5-10 minutes of him being served. He occasionally will sit there with the kids a...


julesrules commented 1 month ago

Caterer & China rental for 25 person backyard wedding BBQ with self-planned menu?

by amber_lee 2 months ago

Can anyone suggest caterers in the GTA for our small 25-person backyard wedding BBQ in Brampton, Ontario July 7, 2018...


petek commented 1 month ago

Dear Dear Dinner Guest

by sandylc 6 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...


MidwesternerTT commented 2 months ago

Bring a dish and a gift?

by storagelady 2 months ago

I was invited to a friend's house for Passover dinner. Of course I asked what I could bring, and she said "Chicken fo...


Indy 67 commented 2 months ago

Food "etiquette" after a death

by danhole 9 years ago

What is the standard, wherever you are, after a death in the family? Does someone bring food to your home, for the fa...


ferret commented 2 months ago

Personal Chef tipping?

by Runnergirl7 2 months ago

Hi all. We bid on and won at a charity fundraiser-- dinner for 8 in our home put on by a personal chef. Here's my que...


ChefMikeinBurlington commented 2 months ago

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

by AmblerGirl 11 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 4 months ago

Alice in wonderland theme? Food/buffet ideas?

by kikandy 4 months 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 4 months ago

Thanksgiving Etiquette (rant alert)

by ssahls 6 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 4 months ago

Tipping before or after added tax?

by marymac 7 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

by dkrnet 5 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 4 months ago

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

by rp17 5 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 5 months ago

Potluck buffet for an orchestra

by jsbc78 5 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 5 months ago

When a Dipper is a Dip

by breadchick 6 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 6 months ago


by georgia201 6 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 6 months ago

Who selects the birthday dinner venue?

by thevalleyites 11 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 6 months ago

Tipping for Catering Drop-Off?

by Jacquilynne 1 year 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 7 months ago

If you invite does that mean you pay?

by cami8917 7 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 7 months ago

Halloween Party for Kids and Adults

by PeachLakeBaker 7 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 7 months ago