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Entertaining guests

ask

verb

to invite someone to do something or go somewhere with you

catering

noun

the job of organizing the food and drinks for an event such as a party or meeting

entertain

verb

to receive someone as a guest and give them food and drink or other forms of enjoyment

guest

noun

someone who you invite to a restaurant, the theatre etc, and whose meal or ticket you pay for

have

verb

used for saying that someone is visiting you or spending time with you

have in

if you have a friend or neighbour in, they come to your house and have a meal or a drink with you

have over

if you have someone over, they come to your house to visit you or to stay with you

have round

if you have someone round, especially someone who lives near you, they come to your house

I’ll hold you to that

a friendly way of accepting an invitation or offer for a later date

hospitable

adjective

generous towards visitors and guests

hospitality

noun

friendly and generous behaviour towards visitors and guests, intended to make them feel welcome

host

verb

to organize and be in charge of a meal or party for guests, especially an official one

invite

verb

to ask someone to come to see you or to spend time with you socially

invite along

to ask someone to go somewhere with you or do something with you

invite back

to invite someone to your house after you have been to their house

invite back

to ask someone to come to your house after you have been somewhere with them

invite in

to ask someone to come into your house, for example after you have been out with them

invite over

to invite someone to your house, for example for a meal

invite

noun

an invitation to a social event

place card

noun

a small card with someone’s name written on it that you put on a table to show them where to sit, usually at a formal meal

receive

verb

to see visitors

reception

noun

the way in which someone or something is received or welcomed

take out

to take someone to a place like a cinema or a restaurant and usually pay for them

hospitably

adverb

request the pleasure of someone’s company

to invite someone formally to something

throw a party

to organize a party, especially in your own home

wine and dine someone

to entertain someone by taking them out for a meal

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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