Thursday, March 6, 2008

Dinner Anyone?

So, last night I had 7 people over for dinner. Possible in-laws, if you catch my drift. It was awesome. You should have seen my spread! Crab Legs, Lemon-Dill Grilled Salmon, Top Sirloin Steaks, Garlic & Butter Prawns, Spinach Salad, Pasta, Rolls AND Dessert! Mmmm, it was delish!

Two things I would like to discuss today.

First, there is one GREAT reason to have company over, at least at my house... Great company, good food, you might ask... Nope! My house is SO DAMN CLEAN!!! What opportunity prompts women more to feverishly clean their house like having company? Don't know, that's why I love it!

Now, maybe it's because I'm moderately OCD and when I go to peoples houses, I look. I look to see if the dust collects like it does at my house and if people wipe around the trinkets and lamps or if they actually pick stuff up, to see if other people end up with toothpaste on their bathroom mirror like I do, and if the vacuum lines stop around the coffee table or go all the way under!! (Watch, no one is going to invite me over to their house anymore after reading this!!!) I won't tell you what else I look for, because I'm actually proving my OCDness! Damnit!

I look, therefore, I clean. Oddly enough, my favorite time to clean is either early Saturday or Sunday Morning or at night, preferably after 9-9:30. Random, I know, and it drives Carlos crazy!

The second thing is, when you go to someones house, what do you do? Call and ask what you can bring, right? Standard procedure if you ask me, but maybe I'm the weird one or maybe it's a era thing. Now, here's my beef. If you call and they politely decline your offer to bring anything, do you show up, as expected, and empty handed? or do you bring SOMETHING for the host? A candle, a plant, something extra for dessert, a bottle of wine???

I seriously would appreciate some feedback on this one! I'm at a loss.... I hear that bringing something for your host is etiquette that died 30 years ago, or I hear that showing up, without anything it totally ok. I don't know...tell me what you think!


SuziQ said...

My favorite reason to have company, too...makes me really clean my house!

I don't know about the etiquette one ever told me that one. I try to always take something to contribute, but my IL's never want us to bring anything...sometimes I do anyway!

Lois said...

Sometimes I plan a party just so that I'll get off my lazy butt and clean my house.

My mother always made sure that I brought stuff to dinner parties. I must admit that I'm sometimes clueless on stuff like that.

Why don't they teach that stuff in school? You know, how much to tip your hairdresser, what to bring to a dinner party, proper re-gifting. Now that's information you're going to use!

Shamelessly said...

Thats sneaky motivation I say.

Honestly though... if it was me coming over I dunno if you would clean as much. I mean... we've seen somethings that would make your messiest house no big thing. Right? At least thats what I'm hoping cause I don't clean my whole house when you come over. LOL.


I think if the host said no don't bring anything I would not bring food, but I bet a small gift or a thank you of some sort is always good taste. Besides how much did that dinner cost?? Sheesh.