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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Etiquette question: France

We are established in our little home for the next few weeks. After wonderful few days with our hosts (heretofore unknown to us), we have acquired two invitations.

The first is to an overnight in a house in the countryside owned by a friend of our hostess.

The second is to dinner with some friends of our hosts.

Had we asked our hosts what we should bring, they would have said Nothing. And, indeed, this may be the right answer.

Question: Should we bring something anyway, even though nothing is expected? And, if so, WHAT?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


Marcela said...

I think flowers for the hostess is always a safe option.

Joan said...

Yes, flowers. And in addition a bottle of something for the overnight stay. Really posh people order the flowers for delivery before the invite! Don't forget "le quart d'heure de politesse"!

Frugal Scholar said...

@Marcela and Joan--Many thanks!

FB @ said...

BF says a bottle of wine is always appreciated in France, as it is the custom/tradition.

Duchesse said...

Flowers are considered awkward, as the host must take time to arrange. (as Joan said, send ahead or immediately after.) Bring wine or spirits (sch as a bottle of Ricard) or chocolates.