Dinner Party Etiquette: What to and What Not to Bring to the Table


Many of us today express confusion and uncertainty when it comes to dinner party etiquette. Are you expected to bring the host of a dinner party a gift, and if so, what kind? Is it a good or bad idea to bring food or wine, and should the host be expected to serve what you bring during the party or not? What are the dos and don’ts of bringing – and accepting – such gifts?

“Dinner Party Etiquette: What to and What Not to Bring to the Table” is my simple guide to some basic guidelines and thoughts to keep in mind. What are some of the weird issues and awkward situations you’ve faced at a dinner party? I’m sure we’ve all got a few stories to tell.

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