Socialising, entertaining and hosting plays a huge part in our busy schedules and a little reminder on Etiquette 101 never goes amiss. Here are some tips on playing it politely at your next function.
An invitation to a dinner party is always welcomed and should be replied to promptly. Let’s eliminate the “maybe”. We all know that the “maybe” reply equates to saying, “I am going to wait and see if something better comes along”.
It’s rude to be late and annoying to be excessively early. Either way, it throws your host into a spin as they are coordinating more than just you. Never, ever bring someone along uninvited. If the table only seats eight and your new fling is number nine, they may end up at the breakfast bar eating scraps.
Don’t arrive empty handed. If you are not asked to contribute something to the meal then bring a little something for the host.
Interact, mingle and participate and avoid sitting through dinner on Grindr. On the other hand, don’t dominate the conversation and bang on about your latest boyfriend who you met five minutes ago. Assist where possible during the evening and if your host is a whiz and is totally under control, it is still thoughtful to offer to help. Helping with the dishes at the end is a winner every time and a great way to have a little gossip.
The simple art of saying thank you is often forgotten and it is so lovely to receive another thank you text or call the following day.
Reciprocate the invitation and in a timely manner. It is polite to return the gesture. Finally – sit up straight, elbows off the table and don’t talk with your mouth full, young man!