Guest Etiquette

Channel Your Inner Aristocrat with a ‘Downton Abbey’ Dinner Party (Butler Optional)

Here’s how to host the Downton Abbey dinner party of your dreams, with help from “The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook.” As Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham once remarked, “A house party can be so...

What would you do if too many non-RSVP show up?

by kelvin_of_ranard 26 days ago

Hypothetically, let’s say you invited 20 friends to your home for wine-tasting and dinner. 10 of the invitees rsvp within the allotted time. Plus two are “likely maybes”, which makes 12 total. At...

How do you fake enjoyment?

by kelvin_of_ranard 1 month ago

So you and the Mrs are invited to a “less than stellar” restaurant or, even worse, an acquaintance’s home for dinner! Somehow they know you’re “particular about food” and keep asking your opinion ...

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...

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...

Food "etiquette" after a death

by danhole 11 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?

by candinr 4 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

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

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

by sandylc 2 years 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?

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?

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?

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

by dkrnet 2 years 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

by rp17 2 years 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

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?

by Lacey1958 3 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?

by SamuelAt 5 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

by hihope 3 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?

by SamuelAt 3 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...