Etiquette Tuesday: Entourage

[ 0 ] July 10, 2012 |


The summertime is one of the most relaxing times of the year.  Warm temperatures, BBQ’s and plenty of time with good company fills the air.  These relaxed conditions can bring on etiquette issues and one of which I have found has become quite incessant.  This week’s etiquette tip focuses on: don’t bring the entourage…unless they’re invited.  Ever been invited to a cookout and you really want to extend the invitation to a few more friends but you think about what the host might think with you bringing along five additional guests??  If you have thought this way, you are on the right track.  If you have not thought this way and proceeded to extend the invitation to your five friends without checking with the host, then you should continue to read this post.

As with any other lunch/dinner invitation, the host is usually doing some sort of head count.  Whether to buy 10 hot dogs or 20, whether to make two trays of fruit salad or one, etc.  Now I understand most people bring an item to the cookout to contribute but even if you and your five friends all bring five bottles of Sangria, what are you going to eat if the host only prepared enough food for the invited guests minus your party of five??  The moral of the story is to ask first and see whether the host is prepared to entertain four additional guests or was this gathering intended to be more intimate.  Cheers!

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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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