Q: My work provided me with a birthday cake. I cut the first piece and passed off the cutting to someone else. Apparently I was being rude. Am I supposed to cut everyone a piece and hand it out? It was suggested that I should be a host and make sure my guests receive cake.
A: No, you weren’t being rude. In fact, it is customary for the honoree to cut the first piece and then for someone else to take over. You shouldn’t be considered the host – you didn’t provide the cake. It’s the responsibility of whomever organized providing the cake to see that everyone got a piece. However, as the honoree, you are expected to thank whomever provided the cake and to acknowledge those who took part in the celebration.