“Wow, people are so rude.” “Don’t they know what RSVP means?” I hear this all the time and practically speaking many may not know. So we decided to do a “Cottage Charm” article that included the term RSVP.
What Does RSVP Mean?
Do You RSVP If You Are Not Attending?
What Can I Use Instead Of RSVP?
How To Respond To An RSVP
When invited to an event always respond by phone, mail, or email. To not respond is rude and shows a lack of respect for your host or hostess. Please always respond well before that date. It is best to respond when you get the invitation so you do not forget and then put the date right on your calendar (whatever form you choose paper or electronic). If you say you will be there then please be there. Your word means everything.
We Are Good Friends, Do I Still Have To RSVP?
Yes, no matter how close you are, you still need to RSVP. The hosts need to account for space, food, and drinks for all of their guests.
Always use your manners in someone’s home or party. Don’t be loud or wild and encourage your children to treat your friends home with respect. If you break something, clean it up and replace the item if possible with a new one.
If you make a mess clean it up. That goes for your children too it is never nice to leave your friend with a big mess. Children, clean up toys, papers, paints, etc. For Adults, offer to clean up and help with the dishes if that is the format for the event.
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Dinner Party Etiquette
Don’t drink in excess, if you do choose to have a drink, limit yourself.
Don’t dip your food twice in the dip. Double dipping is very rude.
When at the table eating always keep your elbows in at the table and do not put them on the table.
Don’t lick your knife or your fingers.
Don’t take the biggest thing on the serving plate or take too much. There are other people that are there and are hungry. You must take others into account. If it is a buffet type of event, don’t rush in but let others go before you.
Complement the meal but don’t over exaggerate or embarrass your spouse or date. Don’t say, “this is the best chicken I have ever eaten, Rose’s chicken is always so dry but this is the best in the world”. Never tear someone down to lift up another.
House Guest Etiquette
Make sure to drop a note in the mail thanking them again and telling your friends how much you enjoyed their event. This will really bless your host or hostess and is very thoughtful on your part.
Before You Go, Check Out These Other Articles”
- Cottage Charm Part 1 – Responding To Invitations
- Cottage Charm Part 2 Please And Thank You
- Cottage Charm Part 3 Excuse Me
- Cottage Charm Part 4 Manners In Public Places
- Cottage Charm 5 Introductions
- Cottage Charm Part 6 Playtime Manners
- Cottage Charm Part 7 Taking A Compliment
- Cottage Charm Part 8 Table Manners
- House Guests Etiquette Cottage Charm 9