Protocol for Diplomatic Dinners

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Protocol for Diplomatic Dinners
Seating arrangements at diplomatic dinners are dictated by rank. (Repas de fête image by FixEeckman from

Diplomatic dinners present an opportunity for political representatives to increase country alliances through personal relationship building. Taking care in following protocol, and respecting cultural diversity, provides the key ingredients in staging a successful diplomatic dinner.


Certain formalities exist when arranging diplomatic dinners, which include invitations issued on official stationary, the decision to include a formal receiving line and considering rank when making the table seating chart. The event and the number of guests dictate the seating style protocol used.


Protocol ensures that all guests be treated with respect. Honouring a host country could include toasts and a tribute through music. Mentoring international relationships means getting guests to mingle, which drives the choice among informal and formal dining options.

Cultural Diversity

Savvy guests and hosts do their homework before the dinner event to understand dining customs and national foods in order to avoid social mistakes. Guests politely accept offered food and beverages regardless of personal preferences. Civility and adapting to local customs signals respect in any community.

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