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.
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.