Tell me about the worst dinner party you've ever been to

(210 Posts)
IwishIwishIwish Sat 27-Jul-13 11:57:41

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

cithkadston Sat 25-Jan-14 11:11:54

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!

alwaysworryingmum Tue 21-Jan-14 00:47:56

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.

Vintagecakeisstillnice Mon 20-Jan-14 20:54:22

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.

ZingSweetApple Sun 19-Jan-14 00:44:15

cake

TeeManyMartoonis Sun 19-Jan-14 00:05:16

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.

Groovee Mon 29-Jul-13 21:40:07

Another shock

chipmonkey Mon 29-Jul-13 21:21:07

I had friends who used to do that too, but they seem to have learned their lesson!grin

I can cope with poor food but when at BILs you get about 50mls of wine then they put the bottle away!

BerylStreep Mon 29-Jul-13 19:52:15

Cocolepew grin

AnotherStitchInTime Mon 29-Jul-13 19:33:42

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.

FrauMoose Mon 29-Jul-13 16:01:26

I once went to an awkward dinner party with a woman I rather liked.

I think her background was quite down-to-earth. Later in life she'd acquired - and subsequentlyhed - a rich executive husband, which meant she was particularly keen to do things properly. This meant that with it being a dinner party and all, she wanted her leather jacketed left wing academic boyfriend to wear a suit and tie. Which he had refused to do.

At the time I had a three month old baby, who I was breastfeedin. My friend seemed vaguely horrified that I'd be bringing the baby, but couldn't actually get it together to disinvite me.

What with her disapproving of boyfriend's lack of tie and me for sticking the baby up my blouse at intervals, it was rather a tense evening.

*minutiae

Mine isn't funny but it was probably the most boring evening of my life. ExDP's best friend and wife invited us for dinner along with his brother and SIL.
Said brother spent the entire meal talking and the only topic of conversation was the minutiaea of the lives of the people in the small town he lives in, who none of the rest of us (except his wife, obv) knew. This was LITERALLY the only topic all night. Four hours felt like four days and I found myself having to fight to stay awake. I was so relieved when we could finally escape. The hosts are lovely and had made a fabulous meal but Bore Brother spoiled the whole night.

Fourwillies Mon 29-Jul-13 12:34:50

Cocolepew grin

Xiaoxiong Mon 29-Jul-13 09:32:01

auntmargaret not Chris Patten smile This was about 5 years before he came out and became Fat Pang.

Oh dear Calamity we're having guests round for lunch in the garden today - broad beans and pancetta, with goat's cheese and crusty bread, and there are sugar snap peas in the salad. You would hate me forever.

trikken did you ever find out what happened? Did you or they get the date wrong? That would make me sad

cocolepew Mon 29-Jul-13 00:59:38

Love sooty and croissants grin

When me and DH were newly married MIL made a big hooha about us spending Christmas day with her. I really don't like her or FIL and DH isn't mad on them either! grin

Christmas breakfast was a big thing in their house so we had to walk to their house for 8.30 for boiled eggs and baps. Then MIL and FIL announced they were going to bed because they had worked the night shift in Christmas eve. leaving the dishes for us to do.

SIL and her boyfriend were there so we decided to start drinking straight away. MIL had soup in the pressure cooker and SIL and myself were in charge of it. Being totally pissed instead of putting the weight's on when we were supposed to we opened it and the soup shot up and hit the ceiling. It was thick vegetable soup and it just hung there. I had to climb on the worktop and scrape it down with a spoon. By this time we were nearly hysterical with laughter.

Then we heard MIL and FIL having sex.

When they came downstairs MIL expressed surprise at how little soup there was, served up the dinner and then I had to go upstairs to be sick.

After dinner games resulted in DH and his dad nearly coming to blows over an answer (FIL does not like to be wrong).

I don't remember much more hmm

Wbdn28 Sun 28-Jul-13 23:52:49

> If you cant cook, then don't invite people for a meal!!

That's why I don't do dinner parties sad

chipmonkey Sun 28-Jul-13 23:46:22

I LOVE goats cheese! I would have taken it off you as well!

CalamityJ Sun 28-Jul-13 23:14:07

chipmonkey you are right of course. It is the company rather than the food which was delicious. I think it's probably the fact the hosts were pretentious knobs who when they came round to ours for a wine tasting and dinner party night, turned up an hour late when the wine tasting chap was waiting for them (3 couples including me & DH; other couple were on time), refused to drink any of the wines because they weren't French but bloody nice and then dominated the conversation all night boasting about the hypothetical house they were going to buy on the nicest road in our town they've just bought an average house on an average road! Actually that sounds like the worst dinner party!

I think it's cos they boast about being great at everything but couldn't be arsed to home cook the meal.

I admit I'm quite fussy but will stomach most things to be polite. Broad beans and peas are not negotiable. I'm also not a fan at all of goats cheese. I think I was the guest from hell with my "Are you serious?" response to the hostess's announcement that the first course was pea & broad bean purée on a bed of goats cheese! I genuinely thought my DH had had a quiet word telling her to wind me up. He was quite happy to have my portion! grin

Marlinspike Sun 28-Jul-13 22:50:05

I went to an adult pool party once, where there was a definite atmosphere as the host's wife was having an affair with the husband of another guest. A memorable evening for all the wrong reasons!

At another dinner party, one of the guests drank so much he passed out under the table. Apparently this was quite normal behaviour for him, so we all just carried on as if nothing had happened.

Taffeta Sun 28-Jul-13 22:40:07

About 12 years ago DH and I went to a work colleague's for a murder mystery evening. 2 of our friends went too, but we didn't know the other couple.

My character was asked to wear low cut top, short skirt etc. So I did. The woman from the couple we didn't know set about me the minute we arrived. I think she called me a slag a few times, didn't seem to get it was a character thing.

Murder mystery finished, we moved onto dinner, where she sat next to the engaged host and rubbed his legs under the table, v obviously. We then played that stick a post it on your head and guess who you are game, and she totally lost the plot at me as I was Colin Powell and there was some kind of argument about how you pronounce Colin. Which degenerated rapidly into her calling me a slag again.

I ignored her. I was just open mouthed at it.

Solaia Sun 28-Jul-13 22:38:10

I heard a story about a dinner party for around 10 senior male professionals all in the same field, who all brought their wives. Very posh and all very nice.

One single, male guest arrived a little late and everyone was already seated. He walked into the dining room, took one look at the table and for some unfathomable reason declared cheerily 'oh look, how funny, a whole table of married couples, and in everyone one of them there has been an affair'

Whilst this statemet was sadly true, it was not necessarily known to all of the wives at the time. I can only imagine the atmosphere for the remainder of the night...

elvisola Sun 28-Jul-13 22:29:33

These are all much worse than mine but we are regularly invited to dinner parties by a couple who like to serve things as they are ready. It tends to go:

Bowl of peas on table followed 10 minutes later by a plate of stuffing balls, followed 10 minutes later by carrots etc. Time between peas and meat generally 40 minutes all the while being encouraged to eat up whilst its hot!!

We all sit around tucking into a little forlorn pile of peas and wondering if the gravy might come out at some point before desert. The food is yummy I just prefer to have it on the plate at the same time.

trikken Sun 28-Jul-13 22:09:34

The worst one so far was mine. Made a lot of effort cooking everything from scratch, all my best stuff out. Garden made nice as was eating outside, perfect I think. Time for everyone to be arriving but no one showed up, not even an apologetic text. Kids were most disappointed as their friends were supposed to be coming with one of the families.

Howstricks Sun 28-Jul-13 21:34:17

Dh and I went to a lovely dinner party where the hostess served the a gorgeous cake for pudding but kept licking her fingers whilst dishing up..so slice for guest 1 then scoop up crumbs to add to bowl, lick fingers..slice for guest 2.. get cake into bowl with help from licked fingers, another quick suck and so on. Mind you I might be a bit precious about people adding saliva to my food..it was lovely apart from that.

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