How to invite friends for dinner without paying
Sometimes the occasion calls to treat a friend for dinner but sometimes you just want to suggest to hang out and would rather just pay for what you had and go halves. I've had a few of you ask how to approach the subject to avoid any awkwardness when the bill comes. The answer to this is super simple, it’s all in the way you ask. Below you will find examples of how to invite friends for dinner without paying.
It really does come down to etiquette. Work lunches are classed differently. It is polite that the business pays or the company that invited you. Amongst friends it is protocol that you split the bill. Real friends do not expect friends to pay for their food or drink -no excuses. But just to be super clear here are example of how to ask.
How to invite friends for dinner and you want to pay...
‘I’ll take you for lunch’
‘I really want to take you to my favourite restaurant, the food is great’
‘I’d love to take you out for dinner’
I’ll take you out, my treat
How to invite friends for dinner without paying...
‘Do you fancy meeting for lunch?’
‘I really recommend X restaurant, do you want to come with me and try the food?’
‘Do you fancy a catch up?’