Bring a Bottle and Don't Double-Dip - Tips for Being a Good Party Guest

The perfect party guest knows when they are about to outstay their welcome, brings a bottle – and NEVER double-dips, a study has found.
Researchers  found to ensure you'll be invited back you should not dive into the buffet ahead of time, criticise the décor or tell stories which embarrass the host. Not playing with the food, not getting too drunk or not taking home the remainder of the wine you bought with you are also considered to be indicators you are a great guest.

And the study, by brand new Philadelphia Flip and Dip also found six in ten adults see double-dipping - the controversial act of re-dipping a food item such as a vegetable crudité or tortilla chip into a dip after having taken a bite – as a huge no-no when dining with others.

This indiscretion was recently highlighted on a hit BBC1 cooking show when celebrity chef John Torode slammed Lisa Allen for tasting some sauce from a pan – using the same spoon she had just licked, labelling her a 'double-dipper'. Koen Baas, spokesperson for Philadelphia Flip and Dip, said: "Dinner party faux pas are more complicated than we had ever imagined and what one person deems acceptable the other does not.

"Breaking the rules could spell disaster for a party, be potentially embarrassing for you and leave your host upset or annoyed. While we are happy for you to single, double or treble dip our new Flip & Dip, the dipping debate looks set to continue."

The poll of 2,000 adults found offering to clear up at the end also leads to your host viewing you as a perfect party guest, along with not sitting on your phone the whole time and mingling.

Not eating more than your fair share of the food, not bringing uninvited guests or plus-ones and avoiding politics or religion are also signs a host is going to like you. Researchers found that despite 60 per cent seeing double dipping as something party guests should avoid at all costs, just one in five would ask someone to stop double-dipping if they caught them in the act.

And in true British fashion, many would rather suppress feelings of discontent, with 62 per cent doing nothing but gossiping to others about the double dipper or simply ignoring it. Yet 63 per cent say it leaves them feeling angry, disappointed and embarrassed about their fellow party-goer.

It also emerged a double dipper is likely to be a female aged 18 to 24 living in the West Midlands and they are most likely to do 'it' when they are with their partner. Conversely, single dippers are more likely to be men aged over 55 working in construction or property living in East Midlands or Wales.

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