Why don't people have dinner parties any more? Do people prefer to go out for dinner because its easier and you don't need to think about cooking/washing up etc. Or when you go around to a friends house and they stick a Pizza in the oven and they call that a dinner party . I have always thought, good friends, good food and good wine, what a lovely evening. But of course, that requires effort which a lot of people can't be asked to do. The great thing about inviting friends into your home is the whole social ambiance thing and enjoying great cuisine!