The Perfect Dinner Guest

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 The perfect dinner guest brings a chance to connect over delicious food and good company. But a bad dinner guest can turn a fun night into a frustrating one. Here’s how to ensure you’re the dining companion everyone wants to share a meal with.

Perfectly Punctual
Respect your host’s and your fellow diners’ time by arriving on schedule or communicating any delays. Promptness is the first element to consider in making and leaving a positive impression.

The Right Attitude
Negative people are not only energy vampires, but they are also appetite vampires as well. Maintain a pleasant demeanour when sharing a meal with others. Avoid complaining about the food, ambiance or service. 

Say positive things about the meal and always be generous with “Please” and “Thank you.” If you do not like the food, avoid any statement about it.  If asked if you like the food, simply say, “I am enjoying my dinner! Thank you for asking.” 

Etiquette at the Table
Etiquette is the physical means of showing respect for others. And it’s the little things that count.

  • The gift you bring for your host is an expression of gratitude for being invited. 
  • Switch your phone off. 
  • Your host will let you know where to sit.
  • The host will welcome you and any other guests.
  • If the host notes a time constraint, model your order at a restaurant similar to theirs.
  • If the food has been passed to you, continue to pass the food to the person next to you after serving yourself.
  • When someone has something to say, find a positive response or respectful question to ask about it. 
  • If another person makes a faux pas, let it slide by unnoticed.
  • If you need to leave the table, try to do so between courses, first saying, “Excuse me.” 
  • If a toast is offered, participate. It’s okay to follow suit if you have a toast to make later in the meal. Toasting the host is appropriate.
  • When the meal is over the host will place their serviette on the table. This is the signal that it is time to leave. Everyone else should do the same.
  • Thank your host.

The perfect dinner guest appreciates the food, the company of others, and the positive experience of sharing a meal, ensuring it is a memorable one for everyone at the table. The bottom line is that you remain positive, kind, and grateful. The magic of possessing these qualities is that you find yourself surrounded by positive, kind, and grateful people!