Becoming the perfect guest at any dinner party merely requires a few basic skills that anyone can easily learn, and together with a little forward planning you're all set to have a great time.
When things have gone well for you as a guest and everyone has had a good time in each other's company, you may even feel encouraged and confident enough to return the favour and want to organise a dinner party of your very own!
This helps to ensure that you will probably be invited back again at a later date as a future guest by your host.
It can be a daunting prospect for some people, and the cause of considerable angst for others when deciding to accept an invitation to a dinner party.
This can have the effect of throwing up all sorts of questions and insecurities leaving them feeling way outside of their comfort zone.
This is especially true if they haven't been to many, or any dinner parties before. In fact, I have known a few people get so worked up about it that even though they would love to accept their invitation they simply decline because they don't know what is expected of them.
We can all feel out of our depth from time to time, so I have included this page on links to pages that outline in detail some of the main do's and dont's. Even if you are an experienced dinner party goer or thrower, I hope you will find some of the ideas set out here of use and of interest to you.
Accepting your invitation: It's not simply a case of saying yes or no! There's a lot more to it than that! Especially if you want your host to feel that they have made a good choice in choosing you as one of their guests. After all, you want to make the right impression from the very start by becoming the perfect guest and having a great time from the onset.
When you arrive make sure you know the unwritten rules of what is expected of you. You have just knocked on the door of the home of your host and from here on in the next few minutes are very important. You can make a huge first impression by simply following a few simple rules in order for you to fit seamlessly into the dinner party environment and effortlessly impress your host and other guests.
Etiquette and dress code isn't complicated or some sort of ancient mystery passed down in code via a secret society to those in the know! So don't be fooled into thinking it is. 'The secret' is mostly common sense. Here you will find ideas about good manners as well as some do's and don'ts, along with a few situations you may or may not find yourself facing. You don't need to know a lot. But the few things you do need to know are very very important to ensure your behaviour is that of the perfect guest.
Prepare and enjoy yourself: As the date of the dinner party gets closer you begin to look forward to it. You may have feelings of excitement mixed with a slight sense of nervousness or apprehension. This is quite normal, especially if you know you will be meeting people you have never met before. It's important to ensure that you have the right mental approach in order that you can be calm, relaxed, comfortable and confident with yourself and others. Here you will find a few 'tricks' or ideas to help adopt a positive and relaxed attitude.