who pays

our grandson and his wife have invited us to a show and dinner that includes his wife, her parents, his parents and ourselves. it is her parents wedding anniversary as well as our grandson and his wifes'. the question is...are we responsible for the parents dinner? since it is also our grandson's anniversary i feel it is right to pick up the tab for their meal. but as his wife's parents are also celebrating should the kids pay for them while we pay for the kids?

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How to Handle
by: Ms P Etiquette

Thank you for your question. There is a simple way to handle this high finance without bringing attention to how the check is paid (a practical etiquette must). Split the total check with your grandson and his wife. That way, everyone gets to feel they are giving and receiving a gift. To make this perfect, tell the server ahead of time of your plan, asking to have the check split in two with one going to you and one to your grandson at the end of the meal. How classy is that!!

Ms Practical Etiquette

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