Tell me about the worst dinner party you've ever been to(214 Posts)
We had friends to dinner last night and despite feeling ill I did my best to do a good meal because my mum brought me up to always treat guests well however hard things may be otherwise.
It set me thinking about meals I've been invited to and then I remembered the horribly embarrassing meal we were invited to at a work colleagues of DP last year. I didn't really know them but we went along. On arrival we were served with a glass of ribena. Unusual I think to myself but I quite like ribena (dp hates it). We stood about politely drinking ribena then were told dinner was ready. In each place was a plate with a piece of toast (most of it cold) and in the middle a packet of tesco value pate not even opened and one knife. The 12 of us carefully shared it out. Hostess then produced an apple each cut into quarters with a slither of cheese followed up by a cup of tea or coffee and that was dinner (served with more ribena).
Maybe I'm just a horrible person but it has to be the worst dinner party I've ever been to! Socialising with friends was lovely but surely a dinner party is as much about the food as the socialising?
DP and I had brought a bottle of wine as had all the other invited couples but all of those were squirreled away by host and not seen again. I don't think they were short on money by the way though you can't always tell by looking so they may have been trying to make the best of a bad situation
Worst dinner party was my own.
At Uni I lived with 3 guys, all lovely.
One night we had a dinner party for some friends. Lovely roast beef and a chocolate fondue with fruit for pudding. One flat mate couldn't be there.
Unbeknown to me the missing flat mate had been exhibiting some strange behaviour of late (I had been working and staying at my then boyfriend's flat, so not home much).
He arrived back in the middle of dessert and started behaving very erratically. He then tried to strangle another of my flatmates and all the male guests had to pull him off and restrain him while he calmed down.
I called the Police as he then attempted to drive in his car, they spoke to him and he then disappeared all night.
I can cope with poor food but when at BILs you get about 50mls of wine then they put the bottle away!
I had friends who used to do that too, but they seem to have learned their lesson!
So I read this thread fairly aghast a few months ago. Tonight I can now add my own:
- Got to the house of a friend of a friend who had invited us for dinner. We wee running about 15 mins late so I texted him to say we were sorry and we were on our way (they live in london, long journey, and we were asked to be there at 6-6.30??) We arrived and he ushered us into the living room where there were some bowls and a saucepan. he said they had already eaten 1st course but eh could re-heat it. We said that if it wasn't too much trouble, that would be lovely. So 1st course comes out - it is tinned soup and bread. Fine, ok. I have a little bit (not much in the pan for two of us). he then starts saying about cake and biscuits, which he brings out (still in their boxes) and puts on the table.
And that was it. Not even a glass of wine.
I am still in shock.
Mine isn't so much bad as just odd.
We were invited to a friends of OHs, at this point I'd not meet his wife. Anyway knowing that friend was a chef was really looking forward to it.
Can't remember what the starter was, but the main was a chicken casserole. It was the blandest thing I have ever eaten, seriously it tasted of nothing. . .
But the wine was good and plentiful and the wife and I hit it off, so that was great. Anyway at some point in the night she mentioned that they'd been visiting family and severally of them were elderly and poorly and the night they got back she was desperate for a curry. So we assumed they got in to the habit of cooking blandly while away.
We had them over with some other mutual friends, we had a curry night (OH is Anglo-Indian) we made several dishes going from mild to blow your head off. Both of them dived on the hottest dishes.
A few nights out at restaurants where they both order and eat adventurously, then they invite us back again, with another couple, this time game pie again even the home made pastry tasted of nothing. Seriously you'd actually have to go to lengths to make food this bland. It's so odd.
The worst thing is they are lovely! Really nice people, and she is sooo proud of her husband cooking, to say anything would hurt both of them.
We love spending time with them but I can't eat another meal like that.
I loved my friend's dinner party's. She'd quite often invite us over for supper too.
I stayed over for a few days after moving away to a different area.
She'd scraped dinner plates clean into a pan then serve up guests left-over food again the next day as supper.
Some friends invited us to their house for a Sunday lunchtime roast. We duly arrived at 11am as per their invite, only to find that not only was nothing being cooked, they hadn't even bought any food yet, and their cooker wasn't working and they wanted DH to help them fix it!
Cue me sitting bored in their house for hours whilst the cooker was getting fixed. At about 3pm the woman finally decided to go to the supermarket to get something in to eat. she got back at about 4pm and dinner (which was actually quite nice) wasn't served until gone 6.
God knows why I just sat there all day! These days I'd get up and leave!
wish there were more these have helped distract me until anti-sickness tablets kicked in
A bit like the Ribena story, I went to a dinner party and the main meal was one whole packet of feta cheese each. Not cut up or mixed with anything, just one of those packets you buy in the cheese aisle at the supermarket, unwrapped from its plastic and shaped like a slab on each person's plate.
Turned out she was pregnant (we didn't know this at the time) and couldn't bear to eat anything else. Fair enough, but don't inflict it on everyone.
Just read this !
My experience was when a drunk man aT a dinner party asked me if my breasts were real ! Didn't believe me then actually leant across the table and suddenly cupped a breast ! His wife glared at me the rest of the e evening and I sat there stunned .
Not really awful but funny. Not long out of uni & renting in London, friend had us round one evening. Served nice 'starter'. Being greedy type gobbled it down and waited for more as did other guests. There was no more! Ended up bladdered, falling asleep in hosts' bed, staggering home with housemates, being sick and then getting chips.
Oh to be early 20s again! Still in touch with said friend and she still serves small portions (we eat beforehand!)
Just remembered one we had as 20 somethings, no kids. Had some newish friends (couple) round and starter was something (common) the male half absolutely detests. He was manfully eating it when gf pipes up that X really hates y so sorry etc. Bless him, he was taking one for the team!
We still laugh about it now!
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