This piece originally appeared on VinePair.com.
You’re hosting a dinner party and you’ve planned everything. The invitations went out months ago, you’ve worked tirelessly on the menu and spent all day in the kitchen making sure everything is delicious. On top of that, you selected what you think are the perfect wines to go with everything you’ve prepared. But when your guests arrive for the dinner party, many of them come bearing bottles of wine, and they have that look on their faces that they’d like you to open what they’ve brought, what do you do?
The first step in diffusing this tricky situation is to be polite and thank your guests for the bottles they’ve brought. Many times these bottles could be special to those that have brought them, so the last thing you want to do is give your friends the impression you don’t appreciate the gesture or are judging their selections.