Have you ever been in a situation where you are invited to a dinner party and the majority of guests, hosts included, eat meat? At one point in time all of us has been through this type of exercise. Now, it can go one of two ways. You end up not eating anything because everything contains meat, insulting your host, or it can go very well.
In this post we look at ways you can make the dinner very enjoyable for you and your host. A little bit of courtesy and understanding can go a long way! Let’s take a look how you can ensure a great dinner party, every time.
1. Tell Your Host About Your Dietary Needs Beforehand
Once the host contacts or invites you, you should discuss your lifestyle and dietary needs. This is not something that you should leave until the event or one day beforehand. In a very polite manner, simply mention that you are a vegetarian. If you are afraid that it might come across as blunt or rude, simply ask the host whether it would be a problem for their planning.
2. Be Courteous and Offer Help
You can always suggest that you help out with preparation and planning. When you get the invite from the host, ask whether you can help in any way with planning or buying of specific ingredients or produce. This is also a great starting point if you still have to mention that you are a vegetarian and saves you and your host a lot of trouble.
3. Suggest to Bring a Dish
If your host does not want you to help out, you can also suggest that you make one dish, whether it is an entre or the main course. There is of course a chance that the host declines your offer. If this is the case, and the host is willing to, you can always send one of your recipes. Keep in mind that it should be easy to follow and doesn’t need any expensive or extraordinary ingredients.
4. Don’t Try to Convert Guests
You may very well during the evening come across someone asking you about your lifestyle or perhaps even ridiculing it. If someone is genuinely curious, ask them if they would like to have a chat after dinner. Don’t try to convince them to change their lifestyles, simply let them know what it’s about. If someone is rude about you being a vegetarian, leave it be.
5. Give Thanks
And this is just a general tip that a lot of people follow, but it always a good idea to send a thank you note after the event. We’re not saying you should send it straight away, you can send it a couple of days afterwards. A quick thank you note will be well received by your host. You can even thank them for catering for your needs too.
And that’s it. Nowadays it’s a lot more common to have at least two dinner guests who are vegetarian than a couple of years ago. You should never feel bad or like a burden because of your lifestyle. There are ways of ensuring everyone has a good time, no matter what they eat! Here are some more tips on how to be a gracious vegetarian at every meal.