How to Deal With Difficult House Guests

We’ve all got them… and as the holidays approach there seems to be more of them. Here are some helpful hints on how to deal with the most difficult of visitors.

You’ve been waiting an hour to eat breakfast but your guests are still snoozing.
"Unless you coordinated a time for breakfast the evening before, let your guests sleep-in and enjoy your breakfast without them. If possible, keep their breakfast warm, or, better yet, when entertaining it’s always a good idea to have cold breakfast (as well as lunch, dinner and snack) food on-hand."
—Pamela Eyring, president and director of The Protocol School of Washington

You’re hosting out-of-town friends for a couple of weeks. The husband is vegetarian and the wife is a picky eater. Cooking for them is proving to be a strain on your budget and your nerves.
"As a gracious host, you want to make sure and accommodate your guest’s dietary needs, especially when they are related to health issues.  Make an attempt to offer at least one dish based on his or her restrictions or preferences.  Those with special dietary needs are usually familiar with eating "creatively." But if your guests get too picky or demanding, it is not necessary to break the bank. You can say ‘If you would provide the ingredients, I would be happy to follow the recipe.’"
—Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas

Your guest’s teenage son is a Facebook addict and hogs your computer all day long.
"If you have a guest whose fingers are fixated to your keyboard, kindly let him know that you are expecting work email and give him enough time to finish using it."
—Ummu Bradley Thomas, Founder of Freddie Bell Jones Modeling and Finishing School, Inc.

Your visitors don’t have a car and demand that you drive them everywhere.
"If you’ve invited them, then you should at least offer to pick them up and return them to the airport. But draw the line there. It’s time to remove your chauffeur’s hat. If you have a second car not in use, you could offer them the keys after you confirm they are insured.  Or, keep the chauffeur’s hat on and offer to drive them to the nearest rental car agency due to their busy schedule."
—Pamela Eyring, president and director of The Protocol School of Washington

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