After dinner clean-up and guests - Etiquette
How do you handle after dinner clean-up when you have company? I'm not talking about formal dinner parties. This is when you cook a decent sized lunch or dinner, and guests brings sides or desserts. Very casual.
When I host, my female guests ask what they can do to help me. I tell them all to just relax and I'll do the dishes after they leave. It doesn't bother me at all, because it IS a casual affair & I'd much rather chat than do dishes! They like it that way too. :)
I always put food up and clear the counter away, and stack the dishes in the sink for the DW. Thank goodness I have a humongous deep sink! lol
When we eat at one of our guest's homes, after everyone has eaten and taken their plates to the kitchen, she just sits down in the LR.
After about 10 min. I get up and start putting food away, and others join me. That's a big deal to me, not leaving food out.
When we start cleaning up the kitchen, rinsing dishes, wiping down counters, the hostess finally gets up and helps without saying a word. There have been a few times the guests have cleaned the whole kitchen while she doesn't join in. It's a very uncomfortable feeling.
I take it as "I cooked most of the dinner so why should I have to clean also?". lol.
I know it's minor, but after dinner we are ALL exhausted. I will keep helping and not say anything.
Just curious how you all handle this situation after you've had a dinner at your house, and also what do you do when you go to someone else's house for dinner?