If joining a couple for the theatre are we obligated to dine with them?

by Lisa
(Oklahoma City, OK)

My husband and I were given theatre tickets from friends when they realized they would not be able to attend due to a death in the family. Their plans included dinner with another couple who are also mutual friends. This couple has assumed we will join them for dinner and sent us the reservation information. This is a new and pricey restaurant and the reviews are not good. Since we are being added to the plans at this late date, are we obligated to dine with the other couple as well? Would it be rude to tell them we will meet them at the theatre? We would rather not eat at this restaurant, but not at the expense of hurting friends.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Lisa,

From your question, I think you do know the answer. Yes, it would be rude to skip the dinner. Since the dinner and theater were the evening's plans, your receiving the tickets to the theater does obligate you to join the other couple for all the activities unless you have an excellent reason why you cannot. Practical etiquette is based upon our treating others fairly, avoiding embarrassing others and being gracious at all times.

Enjoy your evening!

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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