Things you should NEVER do at a dinner party – including talking about sex

THE ultimate dinner party faux pas include using a mobile at the table, discussing your sex life and vaping, a survey found.

A poll of 2,000 adults revealed the top 40 things you shouldn’t do at a social dinner – with vaping or smoking indoors coming top. 

Brits shouldn't be on their phones at the table. according to the research

Brits shouldn’t be on their phones at the table. according to the researchCredit: Getty

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 light carpet or furniture took eleventh place. 

It also emerged three in 10 adults have made a faux pas at a dinner party or social occasion, and 40 per cent have witnessed others do so. 

More than a fifth have spilt food and drink, while 19 per cent turned up late and 18 per cent have called someone by the wrong name. 

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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, spokesperson for Onken yoghurt, which commissioned the research to launch the Natural Set Supper Club said: “We know that when posed 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.”

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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. 

While one in 10 have been embarrassed by their other half at a social occasion.

Almost two thirds prefer dinner parties to be informal with many enjoying board or card games, cocktail making and charades when there. 

But 44 per cent 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 10 admitted it’s less enjoyable being a host than a guest because they can’t relax.

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Courtney 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. Picked food out of teeth at the table        

11. Spilling red wine on light 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 socializing 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 to go 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