(Closed) Engagement Party?? Coffee hour etiquette?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1699 posts
Bumble bee

When friends or family come in from out of town, it’s common good manners to hold a tea, reception (that is, a slightly larger tea where folk walk around and mingle instead of remaining seated on sofas) or salon (that is, a ‘reception’ that takes place in the evening) so that the in-town folk can get together and greet them. It works very well.

There is never anything rude about holding an intimate party. If someone else wants to host a larger party so that more of your friends and less immediate family can also greet you, they are welcome to invite you and plan it for a later date. If possible any time you are invited as guest of honour to a party you should make an effort to accept. But you are not obliged to accept if it creates a hardship, and you are certainly not obliged to step up to take on the role of hostess!

But make a mental note: when you are back home a thousand miles away in this mobile modern society of ours, if you are contacted by a friend who is passing through, do consider whether you might take your turn as hostess and invite a few mutual friends of theirs over with them as guest of honour. These are the kindnesses that folk do for out-of-towners, that keep social ties functioning.

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