Dinner parties are definitely having a moment. Be it the recession, the rise in foodie culture or one too many episodes of Come Dine With Me, restaurant eating is out and dining in is definitely a 'thing'. Such a thing though, comes with a certain decorum. Visiting someone's house puts forth a minefield of social ettiquette problems, what if you don't like the food? What if your neighbour gets a little bit too 'handsy' under the table? Luckily eCigarettes have conducted a survey on the top ten things not to do at a dinner party. Number one? The absolute no-no of flirting with the host in front of your spouse. Come on now, you'd have to be a bit of a sadist to do that amirght? Here, to help you on your merry way is Grazia's handy cut-out-and-keep guide to ten more things NOT to do at a dinner party. Read, retain and refrain from doing at any future events.
1. Helping Yourself To Items Not On The Menu
SO sorry you're not into braised pork belly, but sneaking Dairy Lea Dunkers from the fridge behind the host's back is what we call "frowned upon."
2. Causing Unnecessary Drama With Other Guests
It's a nice evening with nice people. Calling out Sandra across the table for flirting with your boyfriend at the Christmas party in 2007? Not the time or the place.
3. Getting Excessively Hammered
4. Snooping Through The Host's Belongings
6. Having Said That, This Isn't Exactly The Time To Scrimp
Tesco's Finest microwavable lasagne and a bottle of Baby Cham? Dig a little deeper my friend.
7. Using Condiments To Cover Up A Bad Taste
Because coating the paella your host's made in enough ketchup to fill a bath is not cool. No matter how bad it tastes.
8. Showing Up Empty Handed
Come on now, someone's just opened their house to you and cooked you dinner. The least you can do is show up with a bottle of alright-ish plonk.
9. Talking About Yourself Incessantly
10. For The Love Of God - Don't Make It Themed
No-one wants that. No-one.