Holidays & Entertaining

Refresh the Dos and Don’ts of Party Etiquette

(NC)—Dinner parties are a dime a dozen during the holiday season.  And while you mingle your way from one soiree to another, it’s important to remember to be a gracious and pleasant guest.  To remind us of our dinner party etiquette, here are some tips from food and entertaining specialist, Korey Kealey:

Do bring a gift. A bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or even an aromatic candle can go a long way.  But remember if you bring flowers, also bring a vase.  The last thing you want to do is make the host dig around for a proper place to display the arrangement.

Don’t bring an unexpected guest. Your host has likely set the table and prepared the food for a specific number of people. If you want to bring someone with you, make sure you clear with the host in advance.

Do offer to help the host and bring a warm appetizer to lessen the work she has to do.  But don’t rely on her oven. While the main course bakes away, consider bringing your dish in a slow cooker, such as the Crock-Pot Cook & Carry, to keep it warm without cluttering the host’s kitchen.

Don’t be late.  It takes a lot of work to plan a meal for a specific time.  Showing up late can really throw the host in for a loop and dramatically alter the outcome of the meal. Be sure to arrive within 10 minutes of the suggested time.

Do offer compliments and send a thank you note. The host has gone through a lot of trouble to throw a memorable event and will appreciate honest praise.  A “thank you” as you leave for the night is great, but to really show your host your appreciation, send a hand written note to say how much you enjoyed yourself.

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