Is It Ever Not Rude to Stay at a Party for Just 30 Minutes and Then Take Food to Go?

Is It Ever Not Rude to Stay at a Party for Just 30 Minutes and Then Take Food to Go?

Here's what an etiquette expert has to say about the bag o'lobsters that left with Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer.

By Marianne Garvey

Tinsley Mortimer is right. And we’ll just be straight about it — it seems pretty darn rude to go to a party (that you weren’t invited to), stay for just 30 minutes, and then leave loaded down with a bunch of doggie bags to go. 

ICYMI, on Monday's The Real Housewives of New York City episode, Barbara Kavovit had a delicious-looking clambake at her house, which you could practically smell through the screen. Ramona arrived and inexplicably brought Barb’s adult child a pie and handed her a bottle of rosé. But after a quick attempt at talking to Luann de Lesseps and avoiding Bethenny Frankel, Ramona decided it was time to go.

Tinsley, a southern gal with manners, reminded her that it was kind of too soon to bounce and load up on food to go on top of it. “I feel like it’s rude,” Tinsley said, while looking very uncomfortable.

Well, etiquette expert Diane Gottsman agrees with Tins. “The first breach of etiquette was showing up without an invitation,” Gottsman said.

“Breach number two is fighting with another guest,” Gottsman added, and, in case you didn’t know, “an invited guest is responsible for being pleasant and gracious.”

“An uninvited guest should be extra careful to avoid making any unnecessary waves given the fact they weren’t even on the guest list,” Gottsman said. Ahem, Ramona.

And finally, when a guest brings wine or food they should “not expect” to take it back home. “And never take, or ask for, food to go!”

Got it, ladies?

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