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What to say when asked the question “What can I bring to dinner”?
“What can I bring”? This is a question I’ve heard over and over again. Believe it or not, my answer was always “Nothing”. I wanted to be the hostess with the mostest as they say. I wanted to do it all and not let anyone think I needed help.
Well, it’s not always about me, is it? People WANT to bring something when they join you for a special occasion where you are putting out all sorts of effort. So now, rather than say “I’m all set” leaving guests to their own devices, because they are still going to bring something – I help both of us out and answer their question.
My suggestions for “What can I bring?
- “A traditional dessert that your family always made would be wonderful”!
- “I could really use some help with a fun cocktail. If you could bring the ingredients for one – along with the recipe to share, it would be super helpful”!
- “How about an appetizer that can be eaten cold so there is something ready to share when guests arrive? That would be a huge help”!
- “Could you possibly put together a playlist of songs of the season that we can play that night? I can make sure the speaker is ready for you to simply hook up to when you arrive – I’d love that”
- “I’d love it if you brought a bottle of your favorite white”!
- “How about a bottle of your favorite red”?
- “I absolutely love the ….. dessert you make. Would you mind bringing it to share”?
- “If you wouldn’t mind, I would love to borrow that beautiful serving dish you have”!
- “Yes, you can! Please bring those conversation starter cards you have – we can place them on the table in case there is a lull in the action”!
And finally, if guests bringing anything stresses you out:
- “Thank you so much for offering, but I really do enjoy taking care of it on my own – your company is honestly all I need”.
For some hosts just the idea of people coming in at different times with different offerings is more stress than it’s worth. In the end, if they bring something anyway, just graciously accept, and thank them. Then put what it is to the side and move on.
Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful!
Enjoy the party. Remember, entertaining simplified is our goal here. Follow the simple steps in my post: 5 Steps for Easy Entertaining for tips and tricks on how to simplify the whole process.