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Old 06-08-2008, 12:15 PM   #1
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Host or Guest

Do you find yourself more often one or the other? What is your group's entertaining style (potluck, or one person does it all and take turns?). What hints do you have for being the perfect host or perfect guest?

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Old 06-08-2008, 12:21 PM   #2
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I used to entertain a lot in the summer when we would have the pool open. I did all the cooking , usually BBQ and salads. To me , the perfect hostess would be someone who makes sure everyone is taken care of , food wise or anything that is needed for the pool, towels etc. Perfect Guest I would say clean up after themselves, paper plates in the garbage, etc. I don't entertain anymore, because hubby has not opened the pool in 5 yrs.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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Oh, LC - you sound a little wistful about it. I'm sorry - do you you miss entertaining? I know I would. My parents loved to have friends over for informal dinners, and my sister and I are the same. DH and I have people over often, and folks here seem to reciprocate pretty quickly, so we get invited to others' as well. Next Sunday, I have 20 people coming to dinner to meet my son/DIL/grandkids who will be visiting from China. Only problem - we are now in our rainy season, and may have to move the whole party inside. Yikes.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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Hmmm? Host or guest? When Buck and I lived in Washington, D.C., hosting a party/event was a big deal.

I remember a surprise birthday party I had for him with a Mexi theme.

Shrimp-stuffed red snapper, quesadillas. sopapillas, sangria, multi-flavored rice, homemade refried beans, etc. There was much more I can't remember. Been a while. Appropriate taped music throughout the evening.

Cooked for days. Stored food in friends' refrigerators. Hid things in places that didn't have places.

My intention was for everyone to have a good time. In the end, folks are still talking about the party.

When I have a party I like to make a everyone feel at home and that we are all "visiting" with each other. No chores. Just eat, talk and have a good time.

For me, clean up is my job if it's my party. Although, I do have trash "stations" for guests to dispose of their dirty plates, etc.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:02 PM   #5
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Oh, LC - you sound a little wistful about it. I'm sorry - do you you miss entertaining? I know I would. My parents loved to have friends over for informal dinners, and my sister and I are the same. DH and I have people over often, and folks here seem to reciprocate pretty quickly, so we get invited to others' as well. Next Sunday, I have 20 people coming to dinner to meet my son/DIL/grandkids who will be visiting from China. Only problem - we are now in our rainy season, and may have to move the whole party inside. Yikes.
Karen, I do miss it sometimes . I can't even have company inside the house, too much stuff , no space, from hubby's late brother's house. hubby too cheap to rent storage space to put it in.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:26 PM   #6
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Karen, I do miss it sometimes . I can't even have company inside the house, too much stuff , no space, from hubby's late brother's house. hubby too cheap to rent storage space to put it in.
lady, why are u still there? doesn't sound like a pleasant way to live. is he senile or just mean?

i would rent a space and have it hauled away. it is your home too.

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Old 06-08-2008, 10:30 PM   #7
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i am almost always the host. family will take me out for a special meal. they say i am such a good cook, that they would be em brassed to cook for me.

i like small groups best, no tv is on, i want interaction with my guests. i do clean up myself.

i do enjoy the big dinners at the holidays . i am however getting to old to do all that cooking for twelve or fifteen people. i serve buffet style for the larger groups. family style for smaller ones.

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Old 06-09-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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It is pretty much just us, so neither host nor guest. Occasionally we have the Pastor and his family over, but no one else ever excepts our invites, no family in the area, and lost most of our friends when we moved from the northside to the southside here.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:12 AM   #9
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I, too, am more often the host, which is what prompted this line. When I lived near my family, it became a chore. THat was sad, because I've always enjoyed it. I'm a big believer in casual when it comes to more than 6, maybe 8.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:57 AM   #10
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I am most often the host. I do have a few friends that enjoy cooking and do host dinners. One family member of mine occasionally hosts but it usually requires the rest of us to bring most parts of the meal/drink.
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