With Ramadan right around the corner, you’re likely busy pulling your looks for all the iftar invitations that are flooding in. However, before showing up to an iftar, it’s important to make a good impression and bestow courtesy to both guests and your host alike.
Dining etiquette isn’t always just about the way you use your cutlery, or passing the salt and pepper together – others are a little more specific and it is important to remain mindful. Especially during the holy month.
We took some tips and inspiration from etiquette expert, Dina El Selmy to help you hone your social skills. The founder of Urban Etiquette has a plethora of dining secrets to ensure your presence at a dinner party is appreciated.
These are the Dos and Don’ts that can be your saving grace at dining events, and with your Ramadan calendar filling up, you’re going to need them.
Do RSVP to an invitation at least 2 days before the event. If you don’t respond, it doesn’t mean you have declined the invite – it can come across as rude. By letting your host know whether you are attending or not, ahead of time, will save them any last minute stresses.
Do arrive promptly. Fasting during Ramadan isn’t an easy feat and nobody wants to wait for anyone on an empty stomach. It is vital to arrive before the Maghrib prayer signals to break your fast. A well-mannered dining guest knows that they should wait for everyone to be served before tucking in. If you show up late, you may miss the first few courses, but don’t show up too early either – unless it’s to help your host prepare for the feast.
Don’t ask if you can invite a plus one or two if the host has not opened the invitation beyond yours.
Don’t be the umpteenth guest of the night to gift your host a box of dates. Its highly probable that their kitchen cupboard is stacked with them. Instead, think outside of the box and opt for a more personal gift, perhaps something for the home or an on trend accessory.
Do be sure to invite your host to your next dinner party.
Don’t use your phone or keep it on the table at dinner. It can come across as a distraction, especially during conversations. Belongings that you can keep in your purse or pocket do not belong on the dinner table.