Open Thread

September 11, 2014

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Removing or Rushing: When Do I Take Away a Guest’s Dinner Plate?

September 10, 2014

Q: When is the proper time to remove your guests’ dinner plates – after everyone is finished? I have a friend that insists on helping out at dinner parties but she starts removing plates before all are finished. She also insists on putting away food from buffets within 15-20 minutes of the meal. I think […]

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September 10, 2014

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Gifting Gestures: Do I have to Use a Host Gift When I Receive it?

September 9, 2014

Q: When someone brings a bottle of wine as a gift for a dinner or appetizers and drinks, do you open that bottle right away or can it be used at another time?’ A: You may do either. The wine is intended as a gift to you to do with as you please. If you […]

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September 9, 2014

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Drinks without Dinner: Is it bad to Host an Evening Wedding Without a Sit-down Meal?

September 8, 2014

Q: Is it wrong to have a 6:00 pm wedding and not serve a sit down dinner? A: Well, people would expect a meal, so if you are not serving one, you need to make it clear. One way to do this is to write: “Cocktail Reception Immediately Following” and keep your reception hours short, […]

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September 8, 2014

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Open Thread

September 7, 2014

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Borrowers Beware: How Can I Tell Someone I Don’t Want to Lend them Something?

September 6, 2014

Q: What is a tactful way to turn someone down when they want to borrow something? I often have friends that ask to borrow something I saved up for ages to buy or that has sentimental value, and I don’t want to lend it out. Help! A: Just say you are sorry, but that you […]

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September 6, 2014

Welcome to the Etiquette Daily This open thread is your space to use as you like. We invite you to discuss current and traditional etiquette. Feel free to ask questions of each other and the community moderators here.

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