Photo: SUSANNA HOWE

the top 10 dinner party don’ts
For the host and the invitee, practical wisdom to sidestep common faux pas.
 
If you’re the host, don’t... 
 
1

be late serving the food.

2

seat spouses or significant others together—boring!

3

rush through courses. Pause between them, leaving time for second helpings.

4

serve dessert at the table—get up and have it in the living room to spice things up.

5

start washing dishes—cleaning up is a guaranteed evening-ender.

 
 If you’re a guest, don’t...
 
1

be more than 25 minutes late, but never be exactly on time or early.

2

bring something you expect the host to integrate into the  meal—he or she has everything planned.

3

use iPhones during the dinner, or at any other time during the evening—ever.

4

forget to pay attention to both people you are sitting next to.

5

stay too late or leave too early (especially at a small fete,  where one premature departure can spur a mass exodus).

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