The Death of the Dinner Party
The “dinner party” will soon be consigned to the history books. According to a survey from Anglian Home Improvements, 84% of modern Brits think informal or casual kitchen suppers have replaced the stuffy dinner party of old. Entertaining in the style of The Good Life’s Margo and Jerry Leadbetter are simply a thing of the past.
- The research also revealed a guide to modern day entertaining, for both guests and hosts alike – including never serving a chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham, always serving olives from the local deli rather than a jar and making sure what you serve is seasonal.
- Other rules of modern entertaining are NEVER serving anything on a cocktail stick, always having enough mixers and ice and never talking TV, jobs or children.However, politics,
- However, politics, sex and death are subjects which should NOT be avoided at the modern day party, according to the 1,500 adults polled.
The survey also revealed that because we’re ditching a ‘dining room’ culture, 65 percent are now more sociable than ever, having friends over on average three times a month.
In fact, Brits will host an average of 36 supper and lunch parties every year at their homes, splashing out just over £3,000 a year on food and booze for friends according to the poll.
But as ‘casual’ as we appear in our entertaining, Brits secretly still pull all the stops out to impress; with 62% admitting they tidy and clean the house from top to bottom before guests arrive, and 31% saying they agonise over choosing the right outfit.
“The results of our survey have proven times are changing in terms of how we entertain, however, while our home hangouts are becoming more informal, we still want to socialise in style” – Anglian Home Improvements
Saturday night is our favourite time to entertain
- On average, we spend £52 on food for our guests and a further £33 on alcohol. With Saturday night emerging as the nation’s favourite time to entertain for 54% of us, followed by Friday night (20%).
- Almost half of Brits (44%) have been left less than impressed by their guests’ behaviour – feeling their efforts have been unappreciated.
- 41% complained of guests drinking too much, while 26 percent have had to deal with a friend or family member starting an inappropriate conversation.
- A further 22% have had a guest start an argument with a fellow diner, while 21% of hosts say a guest had the nerve to turn up with people they didn’t know and hadn’t invited.
• Don’t talk about TV, jobs or children
• Ask whoever cooked for the recipe
• Do talk about politics, sex and death
• Make sure your olives are from the deli rather than a jar
• Make sure what you serve is seasonal
• Never serve anything on a cocktail stick
• Never ask to stay the night
• Always have enough mixers and ice
• Never serve a chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham
• Never snoop in other people’s houses
• Always bring flowers, but not from a garage
• Don’t get really drunk
• Prep food in advance so you can spend time with your guests
• Never talk about how much you earn
• Never lick your knife
• Never arrive more than half an hour early
• Always say the food is lovely, even it isn’t
• Don’t leave coats strewn around the house
• Take high heels/stilettoes off if your hosts have wooden floors
• Never give “style advice” to your hosts
• Don’t boast about your own cooking prowess
• Use your knife and fork correctly
• Don’t take over in the kitchen
• Always send a thank you card rather than texting the following day
• Make sure your lighting is right • Never arrive more than 15 minutes late
Author: Marie Ellis
People say write about what you know. So I did. I founded Broke Girl in the City – a smart girl’s guide to leading a fabulous lifestyle on a budget! A career spanning entertainment, bars & nightclubs (and frequenting them), film, music and TV, there isn’t much I don’t know about how to have fun in the city when completely broke.