Top dinner party faux pas include smoking or vaping indoors or using phone at the table


Serving burnt and uncooked food, and picking bits out of your teeth at the table, also featured in the list.

When it comes to alcohol, drinking too much came in at number 13, while spilling red wine on a light-coloured carpet or furniture took eleventh place.

It also emerged three in ten adults have made a faux pas at a dinner party or social occasion, while 40 percent have witnessed others do so.

More than a fifth have spilt food and drink, while nearly one in five (19 percent) turned up late, and 18 percent have called someone by the wrong name.

Those polled also offered their tips for hosting – including turning the TV off, asking about dietary requirements beforehand, and having a well-stocked drinks cabinet.

Courtney Field, spokeswoman for Onken yogurt, which commissioned the research to launch the Natural Set Supper Club, said: “We know that when faced with the task of hosting dinner parties some people thrive, cooking up multiple courses, and others need more of a helping hand.

“The list of faux pas shows all that can go wrong at a dinner party, either accidentally or purposefully – from spilling food and drink, criticising the host and their cooking skills, or taking a phone call at the table.

“Hosting can be stressful, and there are naturally some elements that will be out of your control, but when you boil it down, there are two ingredients to a successful dinner party – good food and good company.”

The study also revealed the top reasons people have left dinner parties early – including being offended by another diner, feeling sick from the food or alcohol, and disagreeing with others on the likes of politics.

And one in ten have even been embarrassed by their other half at a social occasion.

Almost two-thirds (63 percent) prefer dinner parties to be informal, with many enjoying board or card games (31 percent), cocktail making (19 percent) and charades (18 percent) while there.

But 44 percent claimed the rise of living costs means they’re now more likely to host dinner at home than eat out.

The perfect occasion would include three courses – with roast chicken the most popular dish – with a start time of 18:54pm, and finished by 11pm.

Other meals people like to see at dinner parties included curry, risotto and beef wellington, while hosts are most likely to cook Italian, Chinese and Indian cuisines.

The go-to topics of conversation around the table were found to be upcoming or past holidays, food and drink, and TV shows and films.

And of those polled, via OnePoll, four in ten admitted it’s less enjoyable being a host than a guest, because they can’t relax.

Courtney Field added: “After the past few years, there is nothing better than getting family and friends back together for some delicious food.

“Our new Natural Set Supper Club hopes to take the hassle out of hosting, and build people’s confidence in the kitchen.”


  1. Vaping or smoking indoors
  2. Using a mobile phone at the table
  3. Serving undercooked food
  4. Insulting the host’s décor
  5. Overstaying your welcome
  6. Burping after eating
  7. Serving meat to a vegetarian
  8. Getting into a public argument/disagreement with a partner
  9. Serving burnt food
  10. Picking food out of teeth at the table
  11. Spilling red wine on a light-coloured carpet or furniture
  12. Turning up late
  13. Drinking too much alcohol
  14. Discussing your sex life
  15. Flirting with guests who are in a relationship
  16. Eating food off someone else’s plate
  17. Not telling the host about dietary requirements
  18. Drinking from someone else’s glass
  19. Scoring the food out of 10
  20. Spending all night in the kitchen and not socialising with your guests
  21. Talking about a guest’s ex
  22. Only offering tap water as a drink
  23. Eating from the sofa rather than at a table
  24. Eating with hands
  25. Asking for ketchup with a fancy meal
  26. Sharing the whole event on social media
  27. Spilling food or drink
  28. Wearing slippers/loungewear
  29. Calling someone the wrong name
  30. Not offering a welcome drink
  31. Not excusing yourself before going to the toilet
  32. Making music playlist demands
  33. Not removing your shoes at the front door
  34. Using the host’s toilet for a number two
  35. Gossiping
  36. Discussing politics
  37. Being overly friendly with new people
  38. Serving drinks in wrong glasses e.g. wine in a gin glass
  39. Using the incorrect cutlery
  40. Serving incorrect wine with the dish e.g. red wine with fish

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