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 décor. In the center, where the circles...

Is now the proper time to cash in those gift cards?

by gutreactions 10 months ago

We had accumulated a load of dining gift cards from friends and family prior to the pandemic one year ago. We also had purchased a few during the past year to help some local favorite eateries. Do ...

Dear Prudence: Help! I Can’t Believe My Son’s Friend Fed Him Indian Food Without Calling Me First

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"A: At the risk of taking the bait, you must realize that millions of people (presumably both of Neil’s parents, not to mention Neil himself) regularly eat lentils and vegetables as children in per...

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

by AmblerGirl 14 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: - ...

Why did I bother?

by josey456 1 year ago

My husband and I were invited over to some friends for dinner. I asked “what can I bring?”. The hostess said dessert. I said great. When we get to the event with the dessert, she already has t...

Uninvited guest

by Rascal1 2 years ago

We are having an informal party and my fairly new SIL has grown daughters who she always assumes is invited to everything our side of the family does so she invited one of them to our party. We ar...

Why do guests INSIST on bringing a dish?

by candinr 6 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...

Invited to potluck party and brought main dish, feelin used

by darlenebb 2 years ago

Feel used when asked to bring ribs and chicken for potluck event for 40 people and the person organizing brought a plate of brownies and some decorations. Dumb me agreed to bring two racks of ribs...

5 Ways to Host a More Environmentally Friendly BBQ

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

" . . . The biggest impact of the cookout, and easiest thing to adjust, is the food. Visit the Farmers’ Market ... Less Meat but better Meat ... Food Waste-free Cookout . . . "

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

by Enjoyyourfood 6 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 10 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...

Settle a BBQ Etiquette Disagreement, Please?

by oursouthernsojourn 4 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 13 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 3 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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...

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

by dkrnet 4 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...

Ways to refuse univited guests

by Astur 10 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 4 years 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...