(Closed) What’s a polite way to say…

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would just say something like “Thank you for offering, but I have everything taken care of!  All you have to do is come with an empty stomach!”

Post # 4
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@Quietserenity:  “No thank you, your presence is gift enough and I quite enjoy cooking for guests.”

Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

“Thank you so much! That’s such a sweet offer, but I’m really planning of prepping alot ahead of time, so day-of I’ll mostly be cleaning the house to get ready for guests. If you wanted to help you could bring an app/dessert so I have one less thing to do ahead of time!”

Sorry, it’s a bit of a speech, but polite and effective.

Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

say exactly that — thanks for the offer, but no thanks. you can tell the person that you plan on doing most of the cooking before the day-of, and so there won’t be much to help with on thanksgiving. maybe they could come over just an hour before everyone else — that way they get to help with some things and you accept their gracious offer?

Post # 6
46977 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Thanks so much for the offer but I prefer to do it myself. I look forward to enjoying your company later.

Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am the same as you, I love to do it all myself.  I would just be honest and say that you LOVE doing it all yourself.  People are shocked to hear that. 

Post # 9
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Can you let them bring something instead?

Post # 10
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m the same way, I would rather just do it myself (because cooking is fun, and its easier to do it myself).

Usually I thank them for their offer, but say my kitchen is small and its easier to have only one cook at a time (this excuse works unless your kitchen is enormous – our kitchen is good sized, but its still easier to just have one cook). Or, I will thank them but say that I prepped a lot in advance so “there’s not too much to do”.
If all else fails, I also task my husband with entertaining the guests so they can’t come into the kitchen haha!

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