Etiquette Experts share the faux pas to avoid while visiting someone’s home!
An etiquette expert was asked to share some common rude behaviours when visiting someone’s home!
HERE ARE THE DON’TS
TOUCH AND MOVING THINGS!
Keep your feet off the furniture, and don’t open their fridge without being asked to do so! Wait for the host to give you the go-ahead to touch or interact with things you see. And if you have sticky fingers and need to touch something- always ask first!
EXPECTING A TOUR
Don’t demand a tour of someone’s home. Wait to be invited! And don’t wander around unless the host says to do so.
OVERSTAYING YOUR WELCOME
Know when it’s time to leave. The number one complaint from people who host is that their guests don’t know when to leave.
You might still be enjoying your nightcap or get the sense everyone is having a great time chatting. But pay attention to the hosts’ body language and suggest that those who want to continue hanging out relocate elsewhere.
HIDING A MESS
Things happen when you’re in another person’s home. You might accidentally spill red wine on the carpet or knock over a lamp. Don’t ignore or try to hide it. If you drop a piece of food on the floor, pick it up and if you finish the TP, tell the host so they can quickly replace it!
Refrain from peeking in cabinets and cupboards and bedside table drawers.
BRINGING AN UNINVITED PLUS-ONE
Never show up with an uninvited friend. Unless the host invites you PLUS ONE- Don’t do it.
WAITING TO SHARE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
If you have been invited for a meal, any dietary restrictions should be shared well in advance, not when you sit down at the table.
FEEDING THE DOG
Don’t feed the host’s dog, the animal may have dietary restrictions. Also, a lot of human food can make the dog sick.
DISRESPECTING SHOE RULES
Be prepared to remove your shoes if asked. Throw a pair of socks or slippers in your bag if you don’t like being barefoot and think you might be heading to a no-shoe household.
SHOWING UP EMPTY-HANDED
As a guest, you should always arrive with a small gift! Nothing says you’re awesome like wine!
DON’T MESS WITH THE SETUP
Don’t switch place cards at the dinner table! People put time and effort into hosting events like dinner parties, so respect what they put together and don’t try to interfere or make changes.