What do you say when you’re having a lapse in memory and can’t remember a guest’s name when he arrived for dinner, and so you don’t know how to introduce him to the guests who are already there? I was mortified.
–GP, Brooklyn, NY
- Be a chicken. You should have ushered him in to meet the other guests, and then quickly excused yourself to “tend to something in the kitchen.”
- With you out of the room they would have been forced to introduce themselves while you slyly eavesdropped at the door to recharge your memory.
- It happens to us all. Once I was having such a good time playing hostess, I forget to bring out the salad course! Of course, I didn’t discover till the next day that my beautiful salad had missed the dinner party — when I spied it snugged in the back of the fridge.
- Next time you entertain: Rehearse your guest list ahead of time by repeating the names out loud over and over again. It will help you not only to learn the names, but remember them as well.
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