When invited to dinner, what do you bring with you?

United States
January 21, 2007 12:33pm CST
Whenever I am invited to for dinner with family or friends, I will offer to bring something. If they tell me not to bring anything, I usually offer to bring dessert, I insist upon it. There have been times when we pick up a bouquet of flowers for the host, or a bottle of wine. I always offer to help with the dishes.
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@jmdace (19)
• India
22 Jan 07
Whenever im invited to dinner i usually take the trouble of taking myself with me thats it i dont bother to showoff by taking something with me n ne ways no one bothers so i dont mind taking nothing.,...........
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@globell45 (143)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I wish you were related to me. When I get stuck with dinners, I usually foot the bill for almost evrything. And if they bring something, I end up having to cook it any way. When I go somewhere for dinner, I always offer to cook one of the side dishes, since this is where the help is usually needed the most and I bring a dessert. I also help clear the table and offer to do the dishes. One year, we had Xmas some place else, we brought 1/2 the meal, becasue hubby is spoiled and has to have a meal fit for the kind. Him being the king. Turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a vegatable aren't enough for him, not enoughleft overs. So it is just easier for me to have it at our house. I do wish I could get every one to bring one cooked side dish though.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Assign each family a dish to bring. We do this when we have family get togethers and it works our quite well.
@brokentia (10397)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I offer to bring something also...not that I get invited to dinner anymore now that I have seven children. ha ha But when I did go over a person's house for dinner, I would still bring dessert also. And funny...but I would insist on helping with the dishes. But I haven't had to worry about that in a long time. ha ha ha ha
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@lisa101 (1363)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I usally do offer to bring someting to a dinner invitation. It seems that most of them i go to you are expected to bring something. However when i envite guests i do not expect anything and i tell them to just bring theirself and nothing else. I do offer to help with the dishes at an invitation dinner but never ask for help with mine at my dinners.
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@kabibe (113)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
i also insist upon bringing anything, even if the host tells me not to. it may be a home-made desserts or store-bought pork bar-b-qs.
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@kabibe (113)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
i also insist upon bringing anything, even if the hosts tells me not to. it may be a home-made desserts or store-bought pork bar-b-qs.
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@mdilan (804)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I usually bring ice cream or cheese custard "Puerto Rican" recipe. If anyone wants this recipe send me a message. It is delicious.
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@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I do the same thing. I'm all for sweets. I offer to bring something if they say no, then I bring flowers or if I have enough time I bake brownies for them. I tell them they can't have them until after I leave. They are appreciated. At first I thought they would get offened, but they call a couple days later and thank me for the brownies.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Our friends are moving to Maryland shortly and we will miss them terribly. We'd go over a few times a month for dinner and ask what to bring. Were told 'just ourselves' most the time. Dave and Mark would cook. Kathy and I would talk and CJ would watch his favorite movies or programs. Dave would love it because I would always jump in and start cleaning up after him as he went along. He'd say, 'get that woman another drink'...lol
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@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
It is just a polite action if you also bring something for the host. I think it is just showing a good values and respect to the host. I think it is just normal for those who are being invited most the people I know usually do the same.
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• India
22 Jan 07
when ever i am invited for dinner i will bring something. i will definitely give them fruits or sweets.
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@Bee1955 (3887)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I, too, would bring either flowers, a table centerpiece or dessert. Other ways would be setting the table or helping with the dishes. Coming empty handed unless they are having the dinner in your honor is not good manners.
@vanities (11340)
• Davao, Philippines
22 Jan 07
how kind of you...well as for me i usually bring a bowl of fruit salad ....
@apsara60 (6613)
• Israel
22 Jan 07
What can be better than beautiful bouquet of flowers.....if they are roses then even more worthy.If you are invited by a lady host, then you can always go for some Jewellery gift, of-course she is going to love it. If there are lot of children around then idea of dessert seems to be wonderful. You can also take a nice movie dvd or some games with you to relax after dinner. Well, idea of helping with dishes is really great....wish all could think the same way.
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@penfy07 (18)
• Singapore
22 Jan 07
Should at least bring a gift i think even if they won't accept. This is what we suppose to do as a guest.
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@rubypatson (1843)
• India
22 Jan 07
I usually carry some good chocolates, or cakes or just fruits
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• Philippines
22 Jan 07
I usually bring something for dessert such as pastries and sweets. =)
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• India
22 Jan 07
i just bring love, relationship, expectation and the main thing that is hunger
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@abhiquest (580)
• India
22 Jan 07
We in India, usually prefer to go down for dinner at a friend's place with sweets. If there are children in the house some chocolates would also do. If its a special occasion then we need a gift fitting the occasion and our hosts. I also prefer taking something home made if the host is quite close to us. Some nice piece of Crystalware also gets a top priority in my list of probable gifts.
@pusiket (1760)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
I had with me my money and car. :]
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