DEAR MISS MANNERS: I attend a yearly party where the "bar" is various bottles of alcohol and juices, so guests can make their own drinks. Problem is, I've moved past the "vodka cranberry" in plastic cups or beer stage in life, and only enjoy good wine or a specialty cocktail that cannot be made with what is offered at this party. Can't take bad booze anymore.
Is it appropriate to bring my own alcohol to a party and make my own drink with it?
GENTLE READER? No!
Forgive Miss Manners' outburst. Can't take bad manners anymore.
This party is once a year. Surely you can stomach a subpar libation -- or drink a nonalcoholic one -- annually, rather than offend your friends. Bringing your own supplies is rude and tells your hosts that their taste is not up to your standards. Never mind that it is true.