"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Menu Planning > Special Events Planning & Holiday Cooking
Click Here to Login
View Poll Results: How often do you entertain?
monthly 3 42.86%
weekly 1 14.29%
a couple times a year 1 14.29%
never 2 28.57%
Voters: 7. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-10-2006, 05:36 AM   #1
Master Chef
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,970
How often do you entertain?

I tell people that I invite someone to dinner at least once a month because it makes me clean my house. Then twice a year I throw a "big" party (about 40 people). How often do you have people over for a meal (outside of your own immediate family)? What kind of things do you do? Eat, drink, talk, play games, listen to music, dance? When holidays come up, do you (a) just have your immediate family (b) have extended family traditions, or (c) round up anyone and feed them.


Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2006, 07:14 AM   #2
Chief Eating Officer
GB's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
During the winter we rarely entertain, but once the warm weather comes it seems we do it at least every other weekend, if not more. We have a great backyard with a pool and deck and a big tree that gives the perfect amount of shade. I have outdoor speakers so there is always music going. During the summer we spend most of our time out there.

You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2006, 12:16 PM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
pdswife's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 20,332
Send a message via AIM to pdswife Send a message via MSN to pdswife Send a message via Yahoo to pdswife
We have one big party every three years or so...

We'll go months with out having anyone over and then it seems like we'll have people here every weekend for a month. It all just depends.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
pdswife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2006, 12:44 PM   #4
Executive Chef
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: SE Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,655
couple times a month, plus a summer big party and a new years day event.
Robo410 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2006, 12:57 PM   #5
Master Chef
texasgirl's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Texas
Posts: 9,497
I entertain when it's my turn for Christmas or Thanksgiving. That's it. We used to on Labor day and a few other times, but, that changed 2 years ago. I won't go into that, I'll just say, alcohol poisoning!!
texasgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2006, 04:43 PM   #6
Chef Extraordinaire
mudbug's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NoVA, beyond the Beltway
Posts: 11,166
Not as much as I would like to.

I love having fun people over to eat, drink, hang out, listen to music, and just generally b.s. about the state of the world.

It's better when we all don't agree on everything.

Feeding the people you like/love in your own house - what's not to like 'bout that?
Kool Aid - Think before you drink.
mudbug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2006, 01:29 AM   #7
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Singapore
Posts: 17
Send a message via MSN to Eliza
I try to get some close friends together at least once every couple of months - it's also a chance for our children to hve some fun. Very imformal - just good food and good company, a chance to relax and catch up with one another.

Then usually, i'll throw a big party for my daughter's birthday, Xmas and Chinese New Year.

I've also started a new family tradition - holding a easter egg hunt for my daughter and her young friends. So i put together a nice egg hunt around the house followed by a nice afternoon tea for the kids. As for the parents / adults - we retire indoor and chill out wif a nice english afternoon tea but with cool ice tea - Singapore is too hot to relax wif hot tea :o)
Eliza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2006, 08:10 PM   #8
Master Chef
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,970
Mudbug, I agree that an evening or afternoon of visiting is best if we don't agree! Freindly arguments are the best, it gets those little gray cells working. I have freinds who are just right of Atilla the Hun, and freinds who are left of Jane Fonda. We have a lot of fun discussing the issues over good food and booze. There are never any hard feelings, and the differences in politics and religion make for interesting discussions. Mostly, though, we talk about food and travel!!
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2006, 08:22 PM   #9
Chef Extraordinaire
middie's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Cleveland,Ohio USA
Posts: 16,263
Send a message via Yahoo to middie
During the summer we have people over 4 or 5 times. We listen to music cookout, play card/board games, go swimming, sit around bonfires etc...
During the cooler weather (usually Halloween, New Year's Eve)
we invite people over and we go down in the basement to shoot pool or darts.
middie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 05:00 AM   #10
Master Chef
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,970
I'm really not sure why, but since I moved here, our social life has taken off. We always did entertain on at least a monthly basis, but here in Galena, everyone does, or there is some kind of community affair. Freinds from Virginia decided to move here after a couple of visits because we are such an active community (not to mention downright beautiful). My younger friends (20s and 30s) consider me sort of a doyenne of entertaining. My older freinds (70s and 80s) depend on me to entertain on their behalf. It is all great fun. I never, ever do it all myself. Rarely do my freinds do it by themselves. If we don't do it potluck, we at least show up with a bottle of something or a bouquet of flowers.

In the summer we often just yell over the fence and have cookouts together. If we see someone walking down the street, we'll invite them to them to join us.

Claire is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.