I distinctly remember a dinner party I hosted and a new friend showing up two hours late with two uninvited guests. To make matters worse, they brought nothing to donate to the party. Needless to say, I never invited her to another party. She suspects she had ill intentions. Rather, she was ignorant of her basic courtesy. She probably would have benefited from reading a list of “don’ts” at her parties at holiday gatherings and dinners. Please do.
Holiday etiquette: what not to do
1. Do not bring uninvited guests. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a common mistake and worth mentioning. Dinner If you are invited to her party, respect the host’s guest list and bring only those who are specifically invited.
2. Don’t go to a dinner party empty-handed. We encourage you to bring something to donate, such as a bottle of wine, dessert, or a small gift. This shows appreciation for the hard work of the organizers and helps make the party more enjoyable.
3. Do not be more than 30 minutes late for a sit-down dinner. A little delay is okay, but make sure he arrives within 15-30 minutes of the stated start time. This ensures the host has time to get everything ready and doesn’t delay the start of dinner.
4. Don’t bring up very sensitive or personal topics at a group dinner. It’s important to respect other people’s boundaries and keep conversations light and fun. Do not bring up controversial topics or ask inappropriate questions.
5. Don’t ask about relationship status Or when they have children. This kind of question can be annoying and uncomfortable for some people. Instead, focus on getting to know people on a more general level and finding common interests.
6. Don’t stay past your welcome. It’s important to thank your kind hosts for their hospitality, but it’s also important to know when to leave.
7. Don’t dominate the conversation. One way to avoid dominating the conversation is to actively listen to others and ask open-ended questions to get them to tell you more about themselves. Not only does this help others feel heard and respected, but it also helps create a more balanced and engaging conversation for all involved.
did i miss something? Feel free to forward it to Aunt Mary who needs a refresher on etiquette.