Tamy over at 3 Sides Of Crazy has started a weekly feature to share common courtesy and etiquette tips. Each week has a different theme, this week is Being The Perfect Guest.
She asks, "What do you do special for your hostess?"
What do you do? For dinners, I always offer to bring a dish, appetizer, or dessert. When staying overnight, I always bring a hostess gift that reflects the likes or personality of my host and/or hostess. I also assist with minor chores, setting the table, clearing the table and dishes and if staying for a while, treat them to a dinner out as a thank you. Tidy up after myself, so as not to make things more difficult for my host and/or hostess. I think I just try to make an effort to be as gracious as possible.
My favorite gifts to bring are wine (if they drink alcohol), flowers or french-milled unscented soaps.