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How to be the Perfect Dinner Guest

Hi.  I’m Marla.  Gimme a Minute.  No really, I’m only going to take a minute.  I want to talk to you about being the perfect dinner guest.

Do you enjoy having a lot of friends over to share a meal?  It’s expensive to feed a lot of people.  So back in the 16th century, someone invented the Pot Luck.

Pot luck parties.  The operative word is luck.  To be the perfect dinner guest, here is my advice.  If you’ve been invited to dinner, pot luck or not, ask if you can bring something.  Assume the host won’t ask you to bring the main course.   If the host says yes, ask what you should bring, salad, side dish, or dessert Whatever the host asks you to bring, please bring that.  Ask how many people it should serve. and bring enough for that many people.  And In my opinion, chips and salsa is not a side dish, ambrosia and jello mold are NOT salads, and a bag of M&Ms is not dessert.

Does it make you crazy to see a table full of mystery food?  What’s in half those dishes?   It’s a good idea to bring a notecard with the ingredients of whatever you brought.

And for you who think you’re the perfect hosts, please remember when you have A LOT of people over, leave spare toilet paper rolls out in plain sight in the bathroom.  Don’t hide the extras. Then your perfect guest can replace the roll if needed. And please, perfect host, don’t make us use the roll that’s in the crocheted little doll.

I’m Marla thanks for listening. See ya.

One response to “How to be the Perfect Dinner Guest

  1. Linda Pratt November 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to Ken, Marla, and the kids!

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