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Place Card Dilemma
About a place card dilemma.
What do you do as a host when you see that one of your guests has changed her place card to position herself next to your best friend’s husband?
–L.R., Santa Monica, CA
A host doesn't allow a place card dilemma. Let's not overthink this. Don't let a guest get away with behaving badly. Switch the cards that were switched back to their original place. Conspire to have someone else divert the culprit's attention and then make the switcheroo. But do it as soon as you can. You really don't want your guests messing with your carefully planned seating -- especially when you don't know the intention of the guest doing the switching. Confronting the guest will only add bad vibes and memories to the event. It is better to switch-back the cards as soon as possible with as little fuss as possible. When the cocktail hour before dinner lasts more than a half hour, guests start getting restless, fidgety, hungry, or all three. Don't give your mischievous guest a chance to to create more mischief. When she finds the switched-back place card, she should get the message.