Do you change your house-rules when it comes to large numbers of people entering your home – for a holiday party, for instance?
Gina Parker posted this online:
Oh here’s one i hope someone will address on their blog(s):
Winter shoe etiquette for guests. Do you ask them to take off their shoes? Do you make them. How do you handle this awkward moment – especially if you REALLY don’t want them wearing their shoes inside of your home!
So, I decided to post about ‘winter shoe etiquette’ and more, here.
Things have clearly changed in recent decades/years regarding entertaining etiquette, as you can see from this post about Victorian era etiquette.
Do you know what is polite etiquette as a host for a party? Take this quiz and let me know in the comments how well you do!
Take a look at this post – Top 10 Ways to be a Good Guest.
photo from HGTV.com
Do you allow your guests to wear their shoes inside when they come over for dinner or a party? Opinions on this may change depending on if you normally allow shoes in the home or not.addressed this issue a bit.
photo is from Etsy seller who makes these signs. Check it out here.
This makes me think of the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie took off her heels at a party and someone stole them. I think that is a pretty extreme case, though.
So, what do you think? I don’t wear shoes indoors – never have. Both Greg and I grew up having to take our shoes off before entering a home. I find it quite disgusting to see people in shows/movies just walking in without taking off their shoes!
But – that isn’t what we’re talking about here. . .what about when you have a large number of guests visiting for a holiday party? Do you insist that they all take their shoes off? Personally, I would ask people to do this. I hate cleaning my floors, so to do so before and after guests arrive/leave would be too much hassle for me.
How do you handle this situation if you don’t want guests walking around with their shoes on? One solution would be to offer your guest slippers – but I’d only do this for close family/friends, and for a small gathering. I like the idea of posting a sign, like the one above, by my front door to give guests a hint. When I am greeting guests I tell them that they can ‘just leave (your) shoes here’ – something casual to not make it more awkward that it all ready is. This usually works pretty well. But – what if someone slips in and still has their shoes on? I would find it hard to walk up to them and ask them to take off their shoes. . .but they should respect my wishes when they are in my home, so it is important to set boundaries like this for your guests. Like, I don’t want them going through my fridge or looking around in my room or anything like that.
One way to encourage people to remove their shoes is to have a place for them to sit by the front door – a chair, or better still, a bench. For winter, when people might have boots on, it is easier to be able to remove/put back on when there is a place to sit!
What about drinks? Do you insist that people use coasters? If you have lots of them, I would keep some in hand and give them to people as you hand them their drink. At a buffet table, I think it is perfectly acceptable to have a stack of coasters and a little sign to tell people to use them!
Another thing that bothers me is sitting down. Yes, I am weird like that – I change from outdoor clothes to indoor clothes before I sit down at my computer or on my sofa. This is another thing that my family taught me to do. I’ve always liked it – and felt a bit like Mr. Rogers (who changed sweaters when coming inside) this way. When I am home, I like to get really comfy – take off my shoes, usually shower soon after getting home, wash my face, change my clothes. Do you do the same?