It is very disappointing when your Dinner Party guests don’t turn up – you may need to look at penalising Dinner Party no shows as a way to incentivise other guests.
According to Alexandria Blaelock, author of Stress Free Dinner Parties: How to plan, host and enjoy your party it’s a simple matter to apply penalties. “There is no doubt that it is incredibly bad manners not to turn up for an event you have committed to – if you are rude enough to do so, you must expect consequences.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for penalising Dinner Party no shows.
- Chide Gently: Given the opportunity, describe the once in a lifetime perfection of the Dinner Party they missed. Make it sting just a little.
- Let Them Know They Missed Out: Occasionally refer to something hilarious that happened, and say “Oh that’s right, you weren’t there.”
- Pend Them: If you’re not quite sure, don’t invite your no-shows to your next Dinner Party, but make sure they know they are not invited. Maybe you’ll have the opportunity to explain why.
- Blacklist Them: When you hear someone else wants to invite your no-shows, don’t be afraid to warn them about your no-shows.
- Drop Them: If your no-shows are careless offenders lacking excellent excuses, cut them from your entertaining list.
Don’t feel bad about penalising Dinner Party no shows – you put a lot of time, effort and money into your Dinner party so that they would enjoy themselves.
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