Dinner at my House
My opinion on this topic will differ greatly from most people. My family receives food stamps so I am on a very tight monthly food budget. Years ago I tried to start a neighbor dinner where basically each week one neighbor would host a dinner. We have four neighbors in our building. I thought it would give us a variety of food and a break from cooking three times a month. Sad part is only a couple of us did it on a regular basis but the others always wanted to show up for a free meal. This was very frustrating. This did teach me alot though and over the many years that I have lived here, I have changed up my house rules.
Now I try to cook a nice meal and ask everybody to bring something, nothing fancy but just something to help out. I also made a new rule: NO to-go plates. I feel like if you get an invite to dinner, then it ‘s for what you can eat right there. Meals are about delicious food, fun and great company. Another rule for my house is if at your get-togethers, you always have a bottle of some Kentucky Deluxe or other cheap liquor out: Do not come to my house and reach for my Hennessy or Crown Royal. Drink what you would normally drink. I had to cut out invites to many people. If you show up to a get-together too many times without something then I have to cut a person off. I do understand that times can get rough and sometimes people just can not bring something. Everyone struggles from time to time. I do for the people who do for me. Return the love to the friends who deserve it.
What rules do you have for your parties, get-togethers or dinners? Have you lost any friends over the years because they were users? Do you ask friends to help prepare, set up or clean up after your parties? I want to hear everything you have to say on this topic.