Dining Etiquette help

We are British expats and have just invited some people over to our house for dinner. They have said that they can't eat the first time they come over. I have googled this and can't find anything.
Can anyone help me with processes, protocols with dining etiquette please?


It depends where are they from?

I've never heard an Arab say this.  It's surely not their custom when visiting each other, that I'm aware

Perhaps they are afraid your home is haram, or that you will offer non-halal food.

I don't think it's rude to inquire why they say this, as the above might be the reason and something you can reassure them about.

They are Lebanese

Hello Switch1983,

I am Lebanese, and I have never heard about that before  :/

maybe the first time they are guests, so they fear you'll poison them? but second time they're friends, so u wont.

Lol. I've never heard of this before. The first time you invite people over the 'etiquette' is that they don't come empty-handed. Meaning they bring a plate of sweets or whatever.. not all the time neither necessarily but it's the thing to do here (for us Kuwaitis.. anyways)

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