September 27, 2010

Modern Manners Monday: What Would YOU Do?



You're entertaining a few couples for a dinner party on a Saturday evening.

Of the three couples that are coming to your home, you absolutely LOATHE two of them.  You tolerate them for the sake of your significant other...if only they were NOT prospective clients of his.

An hour before everyone's arrival, your significant other's office call and summons him in for the evening. He does not have an ETA for how long he will be gone and, based on past experience, it's highly likely that it could be several hours.

What Would YOU Do?

13 comments:

  1. Since the food is prepared and you have time, why not ask a friend (who lives closeby) to join. It will give you a support system and one to encourage you to "hold your peace".

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  2. Been there, done that. Carry on and save a little extra wine for after they leave for venting! My husband had a client come in from Amsterdam and I had to entertain her while he was called in to a meeting. She spent the entire time bashing the US and telling me what a pretentious American I was. I seriously wanted to toss her out on her ear, but she was his biggest client at the time, so I kept a firm smile, told her that she was entitled to her opinion though she hadn't spent much time in our country, and kept serving food and wine until hubs came home. The remainder of his time at that job, she came back twice, but was not allowed into my home (and she asked!). When he left the company, we had a special toast to never having to see her again. Rumor is that she was fired for her attitude shortly after he left. Karma.

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  3. Carry on. You can stand anything for a few hours. Pretend you are aiming for an Academy Award for best leading actress. There is a reason why your husband married you. Nailing this evening with aplomb is just a showcase of more of your amazing talents.

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  4. Well, dear, we must rise to the occasion and rise above it all.

    We are nice to others not because of who they are, but because of who WE are. Entertain away and expect a good outcome, and there will be one.

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  5. Carry on. Being an adult means sometimes being with people we don't like. As Susan says, good manners are about making others feel comfortable and welcome.

    Oh - and pull out one of the better bottles of wine to enjoy by yourself later on as a prize for your efforts!

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  6. Serve a whole LOT of alcohol. To them. And hope that they are silly drunks.
    I wouldn't drink a drop.

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  7. I'd just be sure to be a fantastic hostess and do my husband proud. Part of being a grown-up is sometimes doing things you don't really want to do - and apparently this is something the hostess and her husband have decided needs to be done, so get on with it.

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  8. If possible, I would call my best friend to come over and help me! I'm not good in those situations...pretending that I like someone when I don't and I need a "buffer" person there.

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  9. We all have friends with spouses we don't particularly like. Remember this is just one night in your life. If you have a fun guy friend, beg him to help you with the evening. If that's not a possibility, then go up the ladder with with the two guests that you don't like by being overly nice, but don't seat them on either side of you at dinner. If you're really desperate for entertainment, play Charades. It sounds silly, but after a few glasses of wine, it can be a funny, up-beat way to segue people out the door when you say, "Let's do one last charade before I send you all home."

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  10. I, personally, don't give away or waste my energy on loathing people! Because one can't fake being phony...no matter how one's mind believes that people can't see it! When the guest arrives, I would apologize for my husband's unavoidable absence and entertain our guests as planned! Also, I would make sure that my husband had a good warm meal waiting for him when he returns home, along with plenty of warm hugs! -pearls

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  11. I would never entertain people that I loathe in my home, regardless of the potential benefit. Dinner out, perhaps, but never in my home.

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