Bring a thoughtful gift
While you should certainly plan to contribute to the groceries and activities, a thoughtful hostess gift is a gesture that starts the visit off right. “It doesn’t have to be elaborate—just something that lets your host know you appreciate their hospitality,” says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas, based in San Antonio, Texas and author of the new book Modern Etiquette for a Better Life. A set of linen cocktail napkins, a gift basket sent in advance, or a box of special chocolates from your favorite bakery is a nice touch. Here are some more affordable and lovely hostess gift ideas.
Allow your host family their own time and space
Your host is not responsible for your entertainment the entire time you are visiting. “Make plans, get out on your own, and avoid monopolizing your host’s schedule,” Gottsman adds.