Etiquette Tuesday: The Invitation

[ 0 ] April 10, 2012 |


Ever seen this? You attend/host an event where the guest list is either non-transferable or the event is obviously for a small, intimate crowd.  The kicker comes in when one of the guests brings another guest that was not only not invited, but should not have been invited.  You know these people who should not make the guest list; they usually have some sort of conflicting interest that just makes it awkward for everyone in the room.  This week’s Etiquette tip goes to the invitation:  who should and shouldn’t come with the invite?

Now I understand, you should never stop going someplace just because there is someone that you do not like who will be in attendance.  This week’s etiquette tip speaks more to this scenario: Your friend invites you to a dinner party that your ex is hosting (*reminder this relationship did not end well and the ex now has a new flame who will also be in attendance).  Now you know you can keep it cordial but really is it worth it? And even more, would you show better manners by simply sitting this dinner invitation out??  Though it might be tempting to get a look at the new boo and show off how well you’re doing, who knows where the conversation may lead after a little liquid courage.

This week, I am not writing to direct, rather I write to give you something to think about the next time you’re asked to be the wing man/wing girl and you know there could be a bit of awkwardness present.  To go or not to go??  That is the question…

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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