How to be the Best Guest at Your Next Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 7:20 pm

Here is an unspoken understanding that takes place the moment you accept an invitation to someone’s house for dinner: The hostess agrees to make you feel great while you, her guest, agree to be pleasant and appreciative. When both of these things are in sync, great times over great meals happen. So what are the secrets to being a great dinner guest?

1. Arrive 15 minutes late (but no later) – unless your host is a super host who prepped everything days in advance and spends the last hour before the guests arrive killing time with a cocktail (and we know those people exist, rare and wonderful breeds), most hosts appreciate a little wiggle room to finish setting the table, straightening up the living room, or changing clothes. It can be stressful when guests show up before you’re ready for them (definitely don’t arrive early!), but a slightly late arrival is usually perfectly acceptable and welcome.

2. Bring a small gift – a great dinner guest never shows up empty-handed. A bottle of wine is customary, but don’t feel like you’re stuck to that: A jar of jam, local honey, or preserved lemons would all be lovely, or something small for the kitchen, like a cheese knife or pretty wooden spoon. Another side of this rule is to ask the host ahead of time if there’s anything you can bring for the meal — a side dish or dessert, for example! Nothing Bundt Cakes has a number a delicious holiday options that will surprise even the most demanding host! Get a Holly Jolly Bundt Cake with a Santa on it, Tis the Season with a lot of delicious cream cheese frosting or sweet bite size Bundtinis which are available in all assorted flavors.

3. Ignore your phone – Don’t text people under the table (you’re hiding the phone, yes, but you’re also looking down at your hands for a good three minutes, and it’s obvious and distracting); don’t check Facebook or your Instagram; don’t scroll through your email. If there is an emergency and you must respond to something immediately, excuse yourself and do it away from the table. (The bathroom is a good bet.

Holiday Bundt Cakes are perfect giving, sharing and decorating. Nothing Bundt Cakes are sure to sweeten the holiday season for family, friends, coworkers and clients.

Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at 548 S Lake Ave, Pasadena. Call (626) 792-8200 or visit www.nothingbundtcakes.com/bakery/ca/pasadena for more details.

 

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