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Guest Etiquette

13 Ways to Survive and Thrive as a Guest: A Guide to Holiday-Party Etiquette

Walking into a room full of festively dressed total strangers who will all stare at you and judge you mercilessly is really intimidating for many people. 'Tis the season of holiday parties, and invariably...
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Cigarette smoke gets in your food

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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...

Food "etiquette" after a death

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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...

Why do guests INSIST on bringing a dish?

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by candinr 3 years ago

We are always the host of friend get togethers. While I wouldn't call these get togethers "dinner parties", they are events where I cook for everyone. I get great joy and satisfaction out of doin...

WHEN to compliment food/chef

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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...

Floral Frustration

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by munchkin1 3 years ago

Merry widow here was invited to a dinner party. I took flowers for the hostess for her coffee table. They were perfect. She phoned me the next morning and told me she woke up to dead flowers! Shoul...

Dear Dear Dinner Guest

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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 ...

Bring a dish and a gift?

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by storagelady 1 year ago

I was invited to a friend's house for Passover dinner. Of course I asked what I could bring, and she said "Chicken for 14" So..... I just finished making dinner for 14!!! Do I still bring a host...

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

AmblerGirl
by AmblerGirl 12 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 celebrate someone's birthday. It looks like people expect one of three things: - ...

Guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

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by hala 9 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 if our offer is accepted, we do it gladly. We appreciate the effort the hosts h...

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

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by dkrnet 1 year ago

My wife and I are hosting a holiday dinner party. For the first time in several years my brother, whom we don't really get along with very well, and his family will attend. Since being invited my b...

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

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by rp17 1 year ago

I'm planning on throwing a 40th birthday party for my husband. We are inviting friends and family, and some of those family members always show up with a dish despite my usual "we'll have plenty o...

Graduation Party Guest Etiquette

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by nikkibgood79 2 years ago

My daughter is graduating soon. I am a photographer so I had created the guest invites using photos I took. My mother whom I have a troubled relationship with because sge does not respect any bound...

Why the Japanese slurp their noodles

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by E Eto 8 years ago

Recently on a variety TV program here in Japan, there was a segment on eating habits of Japanese viewed from a foreigner's perspective. On a "gaijin" panel (with representatives from all the major...

Proper etiquette?

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by Lacey1958 2 years ago

I've been invited to a neighbour's house for a drink at 4:00 New Years Eve. Not for a party, just a drink. Should I bring something over or not?

TUMS at a dinner party?

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by SamuelAt 4 years ago

I had a dinner party at my place recently. My girlfriend was doing the cooking, and we were going for a retro feel - hot artichoke crab dip and warmed crackers, and Seafood Newburg for dinner. Co...

Invitation etiquette

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by hihope 2 years ago

A neighbor asked my husband and I to Thanksgiving dinner 3 weeks ahead. A time was not mentioned. We assumed when the day got closer they would let us know what time and we could ask if we could ...

If a host is rude to someone, is it OK to leave?

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by SamuelAt 2 years ago

A colleague of mine, "Roz", invited a bunch of people over to her townhouse complex for an "End Of Summer Pool Party and Feast". My GF and I have had mixed success mingling with "Roz" - she's some...

RSVP. Not.

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by munchkin1 2 years ago

I am still on a tear about this. I am planning a holiday party early December. Those who could not afford me the simple courtesy of a yay or nay are being struck from the list. Is that unduly harsh...

Host Gifts; What Is The Etiquette?

NovoCuisine
by NovoCuisine 12 years ago

My parents held a party last night for 20+ people. I offered my cooking services for it, and as 'payment' I jokingly told them that I was to receive any and all gifts of wine that the guests would...

I see you haven't changed...it's good to see you anyway.

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by SamuelAt 3 years ago

After being away for business and personal reasons, I decided it was time to have a gathering at my home. Since I work a great amount, many of my friends are colleagues, and while I am somewhat in...