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md0 wrote:PS. On the other hand, we almost always bring a cake when we visit a friend's house for a social visit or a dinner in Cyprus, something that I heard from Cypriot friends in Berlin is not actually expected here, and hosts perceive it as a burden.
vijayjohn wrote:I can recall right off the top of my head a story in which a host who has no other food to offer commits suicide so the guest can feed on their corpse.
If you go out to a restaurant together, the honoree is never expected to pay their portion.
md0 wrote:I'm curious what's everyone's default interpretation of "your name", when you are asked to provide it for identification reasons at reception desks. Do you give your full name, your last name, or your first name?
md0 wrote:Yeah, of course not empty handed. But in Cyprus we are expected to give presents (which can be cash and a birthday card if necessary). But all food is the responsibility of the birthday person.
Varislintu wrote:I'd say in Finland the food is also the responsibility of the birthday person, unless they specify that the party is a special type where you bring food along and share with everyone. Is it called a potluck in English?
Varislintu wrote:I don't know if I'll be able to stick to this when the time comes, but I've been planning to organise parties for my son in such a way that I strongly emphasize in the invite that no gift needs to be brought. Bring a bag of candy for sharing among the guests at the table instead. A card is nice, but not obligatory.
I know this one. Also, you can do a favor for the birthday-er or take them to dinner instead of a present. This is just for adults. Of course if it's your significant other it's going to be differentmd0 wrote:But all food is the responsibility of the birthday person.
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