Being invited to someone’s home is always an honour and a privilege. When someone opens their home and invites guests into their home, it deserves showing some appreciation. There are some rules of etiquette that we all should fallow.
One of the most fundamental pieces of etiquette is common courtesy.
Simple, Good Manners for Being a Good Guest
- Always respond to an invitation within a week of receiving it.
- Dress according to the recommended (if any) dress code. NEVER attempt to "out dress" the hostess!
- Be punctual - never more than 10 minutes late. If you come early, your host may not yet be quite ready.
- If you wish to bring a guest as your partner, good dinner table etiquette demands that you should always check with the host first. (If you are the one hosting the party and a guest of yours arrives with an unexpected friend, be polite and courteous with them, and speak with your inconsiderate guest at another time!)
- It is considered polite to take along a small gift for your host and hostess. Flowers, chocolates, tin of cookies, jar of homemade jam ( or other goodies) a bottle of a specialty drink or champagne are always appreciated.
- Every host is worthy of a little appreciation; a written “thank you” card, an email or a phone call.