- Show up on time.
- Show up with something.
- Don't pile up your plate, you can always go back for more.
- Don't yell, "I want some dark meat".
- Offer to help but don't insist.
- If you're hosting, don't treat your guests like the help.
- Spare your guests from endless recipe secrets, e.g. "I rubbed the bird with roasted bourbon buttered salt." If they ask, do tell.
- Be grateful and gracious even if your dinner has as much taste as the illustration above.