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It’s the hostess’s responsibility to set
the dates for a visit and the guest’s to determine an arrival and departure time—and then to do your best to adhere to them. “If you say you’re arriving Friday evening, it can be inconvenient to show up on Saturday afternoon,” says Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition.
Even if the invitation is left open-ended, it’s smart for your own sake to put a cap on it so you have an out in case your stay goes awry. How long is too long? Remember Benjamin Franklin’s adage that fish and houseguests begin to smell after three days, and pack it in before that time if possible. This advice applies to family members too: Just because you’re related doesn’t mean you can drop in without notice or stay forever. While this sort of invitation is usually extended more casually, you still need one—and time limits still pertain.
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You'll be the company they love to keep (and invite back) when you follow these simple guidelines
You'll be the company they love to keep (and invite back) with these guidelines.