I’ve been noticing a growing trend: hosts and hostesses who weren’t taught the golden rule of party giving – namely, that your role is to make sure that all your guests have a great time. (If you have a good time, too, that’s icing on the birthday cake!)
At several parties we attended this past year, the hosts stayed in the kitchen or one part of the house, chatting with only a few people. They didn’t circulate with an eye out for anyone who might be standing alone. Nor did they make introductions (e.g., “Have you met So-and-So? He’s a pilot and since you love to travel, you should get to know each other”), thereby giving the conversation a starting point.
Is this generational? Geographical? Situational… perhaps a carryover from going to office parties where you already know everyone?
There’s a parallel trend at dinner parties: guests who either show up empty-handed or fail to write a “bread and butter” thank you note (or e-mail or text). Contrast that with friends who came over the other night bringing two bottles of wine, homemade dessert, and flowers. These are people you’ll definitely invite again!
Meanwhile, since you probably have some parties and eating in your future from now through New Year’s, I found the following food cravings chart very interesting. I have no idea whether the science behind it is sound, but if it helps, who cares, right?
Remember that nuts and cheese are high in calories, so substitute in moderation.
You are so right- the art of socialising is disappearing. I really appreciate a thank you note (or text or email) after I ve taken someone out for dinner., or drinks. Just an an uknowledgedgement
One of my favourite aunts ( a lady of pure refinement ) she takes us out for Drinks, she brings home made choolats along, and then she sends a thank you email about how much she enjoyed our company.
Needless to say, despite her advanced age, she is super popular company. It’s a struggle to get into her diary.😃
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Your aunt sounds lovely… you had me at “homemade chocolates”! Don’t you just hate it when you’ve gone to some trouble and never hear a word? And how about those wedding presents the bride and groom don’t acknowledge so you awkwardly have to enquire about them later?!