Host Etiquette

Your Comprehensive Guide to Decorating with Flowers for the Holidays

In the Venn diagram of people who geek out about hosting holidays, I think there are two circles: people who live to plan the food, and people who dream about the d├ęcor. In the center, where the circles...

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...

Why do guests INSIST on bringing a dish?

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...

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...

Rude guests bringing wine - should I have served it?

by kali_MM 10 years ago

I'm still brooding about this one, and am wondering if I reacted badly... what are your thoughts? Some friends/accquaintances here (we generally walked our dogs together), decided to move back t...

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...

Dinner With Our Parents Round 2

by ilovecooking721 1 year ago

A few weeks ago, I wrote on here about how to host a dinner for more than 4 people (https://www.chowhound.com/post/cooking-crowd-keeping-food-warm-1068776?page=2). This was my 2nd time doing this a...

Cooking for a Crowd - Keeping Food Warm

by ilovecooking721 1 year ago

I am new to the whole thing of having people over for dinner. I absolutely LOVE cooking for family and friends but I need some help. In December we had our parents over for dinner and I made a deli...

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: - ...

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

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...

Ways to refuse univited guests

by Astur 7 years ago

So hubby and I handled the current situation already, but, I am looking for ways I or anyone else could in the future politely refuse the request from an invited guest to also bring someone that yo...

Most egregious host/ess behavior

by yesisaidit 1 year ago

I've heard of people being invited over to a BBQ being served hotdogs and hamburgers while the host cooked himself a steak, or offering steak to the adults only and assuming the kids would be happy...

TUMS at a dinner party?

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...

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

The Oracle
by The Oracle 4 years ago

Assuming you accepted the invitation to the other person's party... what sorts of things might you want? -a separate cake? -no separate cake buy acknowledgement when it was time to sing hap...

Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo

by boogie350 3 years ago

I've always found the info to be priceless on this show, but all the while feeling something simply disturbing about the show. I think I've finally put my finger on it. It's VIC! What is it...

Etiquette at a wedding reception

by Eon 3 years ago

Attended a wedding reception and had a wonderful time. Solid food, solid wine good service etc. At one point the father of the bride had a very expensive ($700) bottle of wine brought to the ta...

If you are invited over to friends' home for dinner...

by alkapal 11 years ago

Do you automatically ask, "Would you like me to bring anything?" Or do you think it impolite? If they say no, do you still bring SOMETHING, like wine? Have you ever brought a dish unsolicited?

Cleaning while cohosting a party

by El_Mango 3 years ago

I was cohosting a Canada Day bbq with a friend of mine at her condo. She said I was cohosting, so it isn't like I misunderstood that. Her condo is open concept, so the living room and kitchen are ...

To the Cocktail Party and NOT the Dinner...

by fur621 3 years ago

Hi! I was thinking of hosting my birthday celebration in two parts: a cocktail party and then dinner. My building has a nice roof top and I thought it would be nice to do a roof top drinks from 5:3...

Dinner party gone awkward

by matchapopcorn 3 years ago

I decided to edit out specific details from this post to avoid possible social faux pas in the future. So this weekend I invited some of my friends over for dinner at my place. I sent a group m...