It was Benjamin Franklin who said “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” So when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, it’s not the time to throw etiquette and social graces out the window, but rather at time to embrace them.
- A good way to start off on the right foot is to present your host/hosts with a special gift upon arrival and if the family has children, it’s a good idea to bring a little something for them as well.
- Follow the “house rules” such as television viewing habits, bedtime routines and avoid any known no-no’s as best you can.
- Your host may tell you to make yourself at home and to help yourself to any food or drink you may like during your stay. Don’t take it too literally, be polite and thoughtful.
- As the guest, you should make your way to bed first. This sometimes can be awkward, as both you and your host are waiting for the other to signal it’s time to turn in for the night. Give your host a chance to close up shop and prepare for tomorrow by being the first to say good night.
- Always remember to send a hand written thank you note, or depending on how long you stay a bouquet of flowers with an attached note – an email just won’t do!