How to behave with guests


Start with the correct invitation. For a small family holiday, guests can be invited during a regular phone call or a private meeting. Only doing it should be beforehand, not on the eve of the event. Most people will take time to make changes to their week-long routine, buy gifts and just prepare for a visit. If guests have to take part in a significant event, such as a celebration of the anniversary or wedding, it is best to send a written invitation to everyone.


By inviting guests, inform them of the purpose of the reception and its format. This will allow them to pick up appropriate outfits and save everyone from misunderstandings. If you have only a tea party with cakes, guests can have lunch in advance to feel comfortable.


Try also to inform everyone about who else is invited to the event. For example, it is not always desirable to invite former spouses to visit at the same time. In this case, your guest may decide for himself whether he is comfortable accepting the invitation or should politely refuse.


With a large number of guests, try to place them correctly and without error at the table. The most honourable seat opposite the front door is considered. If there are only men in the company, the places of honor are located to the right and left of the hosts. To give one of the guests special attention, the host can offer him a seat opposite himself.


When placing guests at the table, sit down ladies next to men. Married couples are better divided; only the groom with the bride are the exception. Those who are not averse to talk, it is advisable to sit down next to those who are considered a good interlocutor. Knowing your guests, their sympathy and antipathy, it will be easier for you to choose the most suitable seat at the table for everyone.


New people in the company present to the gathered guests. Opening the doors when new guests appear is the responsibility of the owners of the house. While all those who come do not dissolve, the owners of the house do not sit down at the table.


Inviting guests to the table, don’t be too intrusive. Kushanya should not be offered more than twice. Having mastered, guests will choose themselves a dish to their liking. The signal to the end of the feast is usually sent by the hostess of the house. Remember that polite hosts don’t finish the meal before guests.


When communicating with guests, try to avoid topics that may cause controversy or conflict. It is not customary to discuss in a little-familiar company issues related to politics or religion. And it is absolutely unacceptable to descend to gossip about common acquaintances. It is best if the guests gathered in your house have common interests. Then communication will be easy and relaxed, and the evening will bring everyone only pleasant impressions.


While seeing guests off at the end of the meeting, make sure they don’t mix up their stuff with other people’s. If among the visitors is a lady who does not have a pair, it is the responsibility of the owner to provide for her the escort.

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