I was taught by my immigrant Godmother: Never ask people if they wish to eat. If it is meal time put the food on the table and invite people to join you at the table. If people are asked if they would wish to have food; they will invariably decline as they do not want to trouble the host. Never have I seen that they do not come to the table. When hosting develop a plan , entertain with graciousness, have something in mind for your guests to do other than just sit. I am a first generation Italian and I see a lack of hospitality in homes. Having responded to an invitation I sometimes feel very uncomfortable and feel the host is in a hurry to see the guests leave!
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