Even if it is not a seated dinner, it is not a barn raising.More than likely it will be fine, but who are you to decide?Guest: Speaking of booze, how many bottles of pinot have to die before we stop bringing subpar, last-minute wine to dinner parties?As much of a no-brainer as you may think the bottle of wine-as-tribute is, therein lies its downfall: very little thought.Guest: Pitching in is admirable if the situation requires it, but it can often verge into awkward territory. Don’t try to insert yourself into everything.”Host: When the host decides the evening is over, he or she, according to Post, need do one thing: “Close down the bar.
“One of the easiest mistakes that hosts and hostesses make is that they’re not ready on time. Chances are people will get there between 7 and , but you tell people to arrive at 7, and at 7, you’ve still got way too much stuff on the stovetop and you haven’t laid out the hors d’oeuvres or drinks.”Guest: As many etiquette conventions have fallen away, this one is timeless: do not bring someone unless you have cleared it with the host first.
Make an uninvited guest feel just as comfortable.” Cher Horowitz grandstanding aside, the more may be the merrier, but it is not your call as a guest.
Host: Lively conversation will no doubt wander to the realm of politics in the coming year, and whether it’s divisive or just plain dull, a good host can reroute a boring or inelegant conversation on a dime.
A guiding principle about what to bring begins with simply asking the host.
And if his or her answer is a breezy “nothing,” do just that, as it is the host’s preference.
in 1922, she hardly could have imagined our world now, where Face Time doesn’t mean actual face-to-face conversation, and the first thing guests say to each other is “Can I use your charger?