This thread inspired by recent discussion with friends, who note that while they cook for others, their hospitality is rarely reciprocated. (No, it’s not that. They are very nice people.)
It seems as though the dinner party has been replaced with dining out among our middle-aged cohorts. Is that true for most of you?
But we are nostalgic for the olden days, and the quiet intimacy of home meals.
Perhaps all y’all HOs have some tips. Do you cook elaborate meals? Eat in the dining room? Or do you keep it informal? Favorite foods? Seasonal/themed? Party tricks? Enticements?
Or have you given up and just do cocktail hour.
Here is our approach:
- We eat in the kitchen at a round table to keep it homey.
- I have to serve bistro food. I can lose my mind and burn things while swilling wine and talking.
- Unless I know my guests are into cooking, I keep things simple because I’ve read that “foodie” parties can foster feelings of competition. Ugh. But is that really true?