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nicensleazynicensleazy Posts: 2,310
edited January 2010 in The bottom bracket
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!

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  • Why don't so many 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!

    +1

    but worse is where i put on mega food and good wine people come over all the time (repeatedley) but never return the invite. 20+ people on cristmas day with many stying on christmas eve and boxing day plus the same for new years for the last three years. This year i cant afford it but no one else has voluntered. Ive decided to invite no one anymore. Especially the cheeky gits that ask for favourites.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    I have dinner parties. Prawn cocktail starter, the lot. I have the best recipe, ask mothyman. :wink:
  • rakerake Posts: 3,281
    im on my way.
  • tomsdadtomsdad Posts: 221
    See if you read my posting Location Location on cake stop.People could put roughly where they are and we could invite a few locals round and have a nice dinner party.!
    Mind you Prawn cocktails AND french toast Wow.
  • tomsdadtomsdad Posts: 221
    P S I thought i was living the dream !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,433
    I love having dinner parties at my place......... primarily because my other half is a qualified and time served cordon bleu chef :lol: The pisser is that as she cooks, I end up on clear up duty :(
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    I freakin love dinner parties!

    My wife tends to cook, I tend to overcook things in the microwave. I think when I use it it puts out about 12 more watts than normal.
  • I guess I don't really have Dinner parties, but have had a few BBQ's and general parties where I fed buffet style in the last year or so.....I love 'em, much better than going out me thinks.
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 18,056
    Last year seemed to be the year of the dinner parties for us, as the kids are sleeping better - it makes it much easier!

    The only issue for me, is as the wife finds a new dish that works well - we have it for the next couple of parties until everyone has had it & then we move onto a new dish! Currently its individual apple pies :)
  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,609
    This could be my new years resolution - more dinner parties. I like them but I'm a bit lazy when it comes to socialising outside work.
    'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.
  • StelliteStellite Posts: 544
    Im banned from dinner parties after a story i told regarding a ships sewage system and tape worms :shock:
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,126
    Been to a couple lately, got some friends who are excellent cooks. Had a late Sunday lunch with them this week. Roast pork, lamb and every veg under the sun followed by caramelised apple in a thin batter type stuff finished off with a nice port, crackers and cheese and a glass of brandy. Might invite myself back next week :lol: me and the Mrs don't reciprocate though as we have only just worked out how to switch on an oven :lol:
  • Stellite wrote:
    Im banned from dinner parties after a story i told regarding a ships sewage system and tape worms :shock:

    Can you repeat it?
    "A cyclist has nothing to lose but his chain"

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  • sampras38sampras38 Posts: 1,917
    markwalker wrote:
    Why don't so many 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!

    +1

    but worse is where i put on mega food and good wine people come over all the time (repeatedley) but never return the invite. 20+ people on cristmas day with many stying on christmas eve and boxing day plus the same for new years for the last three years. This year i cant afford it but no one else has voluntered. Ive decided to invite no one anymore. Especially the cheeky gits that ask for favourites.

    I know what you mean. My inlaws used to hold really good NYE parties and did it for years. They had a bit of a reputation of being good but did anyone return the favour?

    Did they buggery..;-)
  • nicensleazynicensleazy Posts: 2,310
    speaking of dinner parties, I invited a dear old friend around on Boxing day. He and I really appreciate fine wine, so I bought some really nice white burgundy and Syrah. Quite expensive. Anyohw, last weekend we went around to his for dinner. He supplied nibbles and a cheap bottle of Spanish Cave and Ozy Chardonnay. Never again....it would appear some people just can't or won't make the effort!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    I love dinner parties. Thing is i do get nervous about what to cook, get quite fretful in case it all gos horribly wrong. I find alchohol a help in those and most other situations.
  • edhornbyedhornby Posts: 1,780
    north of the watford gap this is known as 'comin round for your tea'
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • Mrs Oakley is a qualified chef, so we have them often. Great food, company, music
    and wine. We did an eighties themed one last year ' Frankie say....' t-shirts, black &
    white check shirts, shoulder pads, big hair, music from a Turntable and a Teac
    8 Track tape machine...... not a CD in sight!

    Food included Prawn Cocktail, Steaks, Black Forest Gateaux.

    Wine by Blue Nun & Black Tower. Fizz by Pomagne ( I forgot how bad they tasted) :shock:



    'Never knowingly underweight'
  • crumbschiefcrumbschief Posts: 3,412
    Yeah it's a pity that it's not as popular as it was in the past,i don't have them around mine at the moment which is a shame,i enjoy watching Come Dine With Me and maybe that sort of thing shown in time will prompt more people to give it a go,it's typical of the times that these type of events and meeting places like pubs often vanish quickly.

    Cpt Oakley you did well if you got through Nun Black Tower and Pomagne.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    Mrs Oakley is a qualified chef, so we have them often. Great food, company, music
    and wine. We did an eighties themed one last year ' Frankie say....' t-shirts, black &
    white check shirts, shoulder pads, big hair, music from a Turntable and a Teac
    8 Track tape machine...... not a CD in sight!

    Food included Prawn Cocktail, Steaks, Black Forest Gateaux.

    Wine by Blue Nun & Black Tower. Fizz by Pomagne ( I forgot how bad they tasted) :shock:



    'Never knowingly underweight'

    Thats some good dining.
    Did all the carkeys go in the pot at the end of the night ?
  • And with after-dinner coffee? Ferrero Rocher or After Eights?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    And with after-dinner coffee? Ferrero Rocher or After Eights?

    Coffee liquers and lindt choccies. Then a cheese board.
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