Q: When guests are asked to bring food to a party (hors d’oeuvre, cookies, salad, etc.) are they then required to reciprocate the invitation? Generally if someone invites me to a party and they provide the food, I reciprocate by asking them to my house for dinner. If I’m asked to bring something, I don’t feel it’s necessary to have to invite them back.
A: That’s an interesting question. Another way to look at it is that they have provided the hospitality and surely some of the meal themselves. They have also requested and presumably enjoyed your company. A return invitation is a nice way to keep the relationship going, if you are interested. If you are not interested, then regardless, you would write a warm thank you note for the hospitality and leave it at that.