Etiquette- conventional requirements as to social behavior; properties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion. (dictionary.com)
This summer season, you may be invited to a few cookouts. As a potential guest, there are some things to keep in mind.. You don't want to be that person that may not get invited again. It's always great to be courteous to the host and their home. Just because they never say anything that doesn't mean your actions may not rub them in the wrong way.
1. RSVP: It's the proper thing to do. Reply by email, phone or text in a timely manner. Don't wait until the day of or just show up.
2. Do not bring a guest unless it is discussed with the host. If the host agreed then limit to one person and not an entourage.
3. Offer to bring something even if it's ice. Never assume that everything is taken care off. Give the host the option to decline.
4. Bring the alcoholic beverage that you would drink and not a cheap substitute that you wouldn't be caught drinking. Know that all beverages at a cookout tend to become community property. It is always a nice gesture to brink the host one of their favorite beverages.
5. Do not venture over the host's' home. Stay in the common areas that has been designated for the guest. You must respect their home.
6. Mingle: Don't spend time with those you are comfortable with. Meet new people.
7. Volunteer to help even though your offer may be declined. It's just the polite thing to do.
8. If you bring kids, it is your responsibility to watch your child(ren).
9. Know your limit when drinking.
10. Do not take any food home unless it is offered to you.
11. When it is time to leave, be a gracious guest by saying thank you.
12. Have Fun!!