Host + Guest Etiquette: Dinner Parties

by Modern Miss Manners


Dinner Party Host:

Did you forget the paper plates? For shame.

Make enough food. Kinda. Hopefully it’s a potluck, and you’ll only have to provide the main dish(es). Have some beer and wine on hand.

Ask people to bring the following: booze of all kinds, bread, salads, side dishes and desserts.

Also, clean your fucking apartment.

Voila. You now qualify as the Martha Stewart of your social circle.


Dinner Party Guest:

Make that one thing you know how to make for sharing – if you don’t have that one thing, ask your mom or Google how to make something simple and delicious. (I seriously doubt any of us are at an age wherein we won’t be invited to potlucks: which are always a fun(ny) cuisine free-for-all.)

Check in with your host: what does he or she need more of? Did they forget that dinner parties require large amounts of booze? Paper plates? Ice? Bring that thing they forgot. Be a potluck savior.


That’s about it. Nothing’s more cozy and adorable than a boozy, lazy potluck with friends that ultimately turns in to a nap party. It is the best thing.