appreciate your hostess

We’ve all been there, someone invites you to a party or a family dinner (i.e., Thanksgiving) and when you ask what to bring, they say “nothing.” Take it from me, they don’t really mean it… plus etiquette compels you to ignore them. Here’s our advice, if it’s a dinner, take at least a bottle of wine (your meal will cost much more than it and you didn’t even have to cook). If it’s a cocktail party, the bar is stocked… give your hostess a personal gift. Remember, she worked hard and thought enough of you to invite you.

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