Stick to Your Diet by Offering to Bring a Dish to Dinners and Parties

If your diet has certain restrictions, it can make accepting invitations to dinners or parties complicated when the host isn’t aware of your diet’s ins and outs. Here’s a simple, and polite, way to safely stick to your diet and still enjoy the gathering.

Source: Stick to Your Diet by Offering to Bring a Dish to Dinners and Parties

A note about the etiquette around this: it’s polite to offer to bring a dish. It’s not polite to insist upon bringing a dish if the host declines, or to bring a dish without asking.

  • Your host may have a special meal planned down to the last detail. Or she may have dietary preferences your dish doesn’t match. So don’t insist.
  • If you bring a dish without asking, it’s a host/ess gift, and the host/ess is not obliged to serve it. So don’t bring your grain salad without asking unless you never want to see it again.
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