Home >Party Etiquette- What do you bring to a Party?

We all know that we should not go to a party empty handed, even if we have been requested to. A bottle of wine, a dessert or a small plant are some of the best options.

If you are going to a dinner party or if you have plans to stay with someone for the weekend, you need to be courteous and show your gratitude by bringing something to your hosts.

It needn’t be too costly but it should be thoughtful enough to make the host feel happy and special.

It will always be in the trend to bring a gift for the host or hostess when you go to a party or even a casual get-together. The problem is, many people don’t know the proper guest etiquette, so they feel uncomfortable having to make a decision about what to give. We need to focus on the likes and dislikes of the hostess rather than emphasizing on the size and price of the gift.

Remember that this is a gift, not an accompaniment to the meal. If the hostess wants you to bring a dish to share, she will ask you during the invitation. Give it to her at the door so she can put it away before greeting other guests.

The host may choose to share your food or beverage gift during the party. If that happens, be gracious and wait until everyone else has a chance to try it before you take your part. The hostess will herself announce where the gift came from, the giver need not announce in the group beforehand. If it is an expensive item we should never boast about how much we have spent on it.

The best suited gifts for a dinner party hostess include:

  • Bouquet of flowers in a vase
  • Boxed candies
  • Potted plant
  • Bottles of wine
  • Tin of cookies
  • Decorator candles
  • Guest soaps/bath bombs
  • Flavored vinegars
  • CD or DVD
  • Candles
  • Cheese Board and Knives
  • Glasses and Other crockery
  • Chocolates