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SEP-OCT 2017

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I recently received this emailed question about etiquette: Dear David, My husband and I have been invited to a friend's family lake house over Labor Day weekend. We very much want to be gracious guests. Are there any social expectations we should strive to meet? All the best, "Grateful Guests" Dear "Grateful Guests," My guess is that the only thing your hosts expect is for you and your husband to simply relax and enjoy spending time with them at the lake house. To ensure everyone has a memorable weekend, I suggest the following "good guest" tips: • Arrive relaxed and graciously accept your host family's hospitality. • Bring along a favorite bottle of wine or champagne or a bouquet of summer flowers as a gift for your host. • Make your bed each morning and leave the bathroom in good order. • Share in household tasks at hand — set and clear the dining table, help in the kitchen or at the grill, and do your own laundry as needed. • Offer to cook a meal at home for the group, or pick up the tab if you dine out at a restaurant. • Strip your bed linens, fold used towels neatly and leave the guest room as tidy as possible when you depart. • Mail a personal thank you note to your hosts the day after you get home. Graciously yours, David Jackson David Jackson & Co. Contributing Comments... Social Graces 126

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