Surprise Food Gift: When the housegift is not on the menu

by EPI Staff on June 5, 2009

Q: What should you do when a dinner guest arrives with a prepared dessert that you’d rather not serve that evening? This happened to me recently, and although I didn’t want to hurt my guest’s feelings, the surprise upset my plans. I told her I’d serve her dessert another time.

A: If the unexpected gift doesn’t complement your dinner, you’re not obligated to serve it unless you want to. Whatever you decide, make sure you enthusiastically thank your guest for her thoughtfulness. If you choose not to serve the dessert, explain that you look forward to enjoying hers tomorrow.

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Brandi November 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I would offer both desserts at that meal and allow the guests to choose. After the meal, offer some of one or the other to the guest that brought it to take home with them.

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