How to receive guests?

Russian people are accustomed to the fact that parents, close relatives and friends constantly come to visit them. They do not consider this a special holiday and therefore are always ready to receive such guests. But what if you need to take unusual guests: colleagues or boss. In our article we will tell you how to receive guests.

Guest rules


Invite guests to the event (it does not matter - you will celebrate in a restaurant or at home) should be in advance. Guests must prepare: pick up clothes, a gift, time (if a person has a working day, agree on a replacement). For large events invited for a month. If the event will be held at home (birthday, christening), then in one or two weeks.

Certain time

It is necessary to invite all guests for a certain time so that the meeting of guests does not take the whole time of the event. For each meal there is a time. For example, if you want to invite for breakfast, then this is a time interval of 10-12 hours. If for lunch - 15-19 hours.


At events it is customary to invite guests in pairs: a girlfriend and her boyfriend, a man and his wife. As an exception, there may be hen parties and bachelor parties, where it is not customary to invite the other half.

Meeting with guests

Guests must be met in a good mood, smiling and joking that will relieve the tension between the guests, especially if they know each other badly. The appearance of the owners should be festive and tidy.


If the invited person presents a gift, then it must be received with a smile and gratitude, even if you did not like it, and immediately consider it.


If among the guests there are people who are not familiar with each other, then they must be introduced. If this is a new person in your company, then it is necessary to present it to all those present. When meeting, they always represent a man to a woman, and the youngest are introduced to those around them first.


You should try to ensure that before the arrival of all the guests all the preparations have been completed and the table set. If you do not have time, take something guests at this time: play the game or offer to view photos or videos from any event.

If common dishes are provided, prepare appliances for them so that each guest does not use his own. The owner must serve such dishes to guests. If there are many guests, they can serve themselves.

Guest accommodation

At home events, the guests themselves can choose a place, but it is necessary to ensure that couples do not sit at different ends of the table or that strangers sit nearby.

At large events it is customary to draw up guest accommodation schemes: put up signs on the tables with names or place a poster with a description of all the tables at the entrance.


During the feast you should not force guests to eat dishes that they do not want. Everyone is sure to choose what he likes. Requests owners can put a person in an awkward position.


At events it is customary to maintain an easy conversation. You should not tell guests about how much money was spent on refreshments. It is also necessary to avoid talking about the health and problems of the owners and their relatives.

If the guests are determined not only to socialize, but also to have a good time: to dance, play games, all moments must be thought out in advance.Learn how to entertain guests, read the article - How to entertain guests.


It is necessary to finish the event on a positive note. You should not indicate to the guests that the celebration is already over and it’s time to leave. It is necessary to clean the table after all the guests disperse.

Having learned these recommendations, you can always easily receive guests at home and not lose face.