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Dinner Party


An occasional dinner party with friends and family strengthens bonds and keeps connections open in human relationships. Dinner parties, however, can also be vehicles of creativity and fun! They are the adult equivalent of playtime when work has ended and socialization begins. Celebrate your dinner parties with murder mystery games and adult-oriented themes. Find articles about dinner party planning tips and ideas at DayCelebration!

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Dinner Party Invitation


Dinner Party Invitation Etiquette

A dinner party invitation comes with some important obligations. Here's a quick guide to correct dinner party invitation etiquette from the Emily Post Institute to ensure you're kept on the host's guest list.

1. RSVP

From the French, it means "Répondez, s'il vous plaît," or, "Please reply." This little code has been around for a long time and it's definitely telling you that your hosts want to know if you are attending. Reply promptly, within a day or two of receiving a dinner party invitation.

2. How do I respond? Reply in the manner indicated on the dinner party invitation.
  • RSVP and no response card: a handwritten response to the host at the return address on the envelope.
  • Response Card: fill in and reply by the date indicated and return in the enclosed envelope.
  • RSVP with phone number: telephone and make sure to speak in person – answering machines can be unreliable.
  • RSVP with email: you may accept or decline electronically.
  • Regrets only: reply only if you cannot attend. If your host doesn’t hear from you, he is expecting you!

No reply requested? Unusual, but it is always polite to let someone know your intentions. A phone call would be sufficient.

3. Is that your final answer?
  • Changing a 'yes' to a 'no' is only acceptable on account of: illness or injury, a death in the family or an unavoidable professional or business conflict. Call your hosts immediately.
  • Canceling because you have a "better" offer is a sure fire way to get dropped from ALL the guest lists.
  • Being a "no show" is unacceptable.
  • Changing a 'no' to a 'yes' is OK only if it will not upset the hosts' arrangements.

4. "May I bring..."
Don’t even ask! A dinner party invitation is extended to the people the hosts want to invite - and no one else.

...a date. Some invitations indicate that you may invite a guest or date (Mr. John Evans and Guest) and when you reply, you should indicate whether you are bringing someone, and convey their name.

...my children. If they were invited, the dinner party invitation would have said so.

...my houseguest. It’s best to decline the dinner party invitation, stating the reason. This gives your host the option to extend the invitation to your guests, or not.

5. Say "Thank You."

Make sure to thank your hosts before you leave, and then again by phone or note the next day.


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