Don’t let hurt feelings spoil a holiday party

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Group Of Friends Enjoying Christmas Drinks In Bar Smiling Wearing Christmas Hats

Group Of Friends Enjoying Christmas Drinks In Bar Smiling Wearing Christmas Hats

By Miriam Cross

Whether you’re the host or a guest, here’s how to smooth over touchy situations.

I enjoy serving nice wine at my Christmas dinner. If a guest brings a cheap bottle of wine, am I obligated to serve it?

If you asked your friend to bring a beverage, then you should serve it, whether it’s a fine vintage wine or Two-Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s.

“You don’t want your guests to feel that something they brought to be consumed at the party has been stashed out of sight,” says Thomas P. Farley, of What Manners Most, an etiquette consultancy. However, if your guest surprised you with the wine as a gift, you’re free to serve it, or save it to drink later or relegate it to the pantry to use in your next stew.

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