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Starter emergency!

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WhatamessIgotinto Wed 23-Dec-15 18:25:13

OK maybe not an actual emergency. I always do a starter on Christmas Day but have decided not to this year because by the time everyone gets to pud they're all stuffed and no one feels like eating it. MIL is disgusted and tells me that if I can't be bothered to make a 'complete' meal it won't feel like Christmas. So, dear reader, is she a grouchy pain in the arse or am I a shocking hostess?

DragonsCanHop Wed 23-Dec-15 18:29:05

If you have always had a starter then no starter would feel odd I suppose.

I'm tempted to tell you she is a pain and can shove it up her arse, your house and all that but that's not very Christmassy is it?

Clutterbugsmum Wed 23-Dec-15 18:30:29

tell to either make it and bring or stay at home.

I never do starters as we not big eaters. We usually have our main meal then a couple of hours later pudding.

WhatamessIgotinto Wed 23-Dec-15 18:35:36

Well to be honest it doesn't really matter what I do, she'll moan about it anyway!

Wolfiefan Wed 23-Dec-15 18:38:12

Tell her if she starts moaning and bitching you shall serve mother in law kebabs.

Or she can stay away!

mrsmeerkat Wed 23-Dec-15 18:38:54

Melon from aldi grin

DartmoorDoughnut Wed 23-Dec-15 18:43:39

Just ignore and do what you planned, pudding trumps starters, everyone knows that!

sassytheFIRST Wed 23-Dec-15 18:45:10

Just be dead retro and 70s and do a glass of orange juice served on a side plate with a tiny doily.

Or don't bother.

OrangeNoodle Wed 23-Dec-15 18:45:35

Just do some nice crudités and prosecco before the main event.

Sleepybunny Wed 23-Dec-15 18:45:52

We do canapés as a sort of starter as some people like to nibble before and others aren't big eaters, but that's not the point. You need to take a breadstick and insert it up your MILs backside.
I'd tell her she probably should stay home as it's clearly not going to be the Christmas experience she's after.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 23-Dec-15 18:47:20

So does everyone else want a starter or is it just MIL?
I don't do starters either, no-one would finish if we did.

Is everyone going to sit and watch while she eats hers or are they going to eat a starter they don't want?

You are hosting so she should go with your plan.
Though I'd put all the stodgey filling foods on her plate then pudding and brandy butter <<boak>>

"There , aren't you glad you didn't have a starter?"

Flingingmelon Wed 23-Dec-15 18:48:08

Smoked salmon (or gravalax if you're fancy) with lemon and brown bread. Done smile

I'm doing prawn cocktail cos it's my house and I can have what I want I'm going to use glasses and hang them off the side and everything

gerbo Wed 23-Dec-15 18:49:11

I like the canapés idea, a small selection of party nibbles from marks maybe? Not too many so you're not stuffed. We're having melon and cold Italian meats but just small portion, plus a gap between each course so food settles and noone gets too full.
She sounds a delight, by the way - good luck!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 23-Dec-15 18:49:30

glass of orange juice on a side plate with a tiny doily

Oh yes, Britvic orange , the really sweet stuff, warm fwink

VagueIdeas Wed 23-Dec-15 18:49:51

I've never had a starter before Christmas dinner IN MY LIFE grin

Wouldn't want one either, I just can't manage three courses.

SheGotAllDaMoves Wed 23-Dec-15 18:51:44

She has no manners.

freezingmog Wed 23-Dec-15 18:53:06

Pot noodle for one would be ideal.

Janeymoo50 Wed 23-Dec-15 18:54:12

Get a couple of tubs of decent prawn cocktail, packet of blinis and packet of chives. Teaspoon of cock on blini, snip of chavs and serve on platter with fizz. Job done.

tshirtsuntan Wed 23-Dec-15 18:57:22

I've never had cock and chav blinis grin sounds like my kind of Christmas....

Sleepybunny Wed 23-Dec-15 18:59:45

teaspoon of cock on blini

Sounds dead posh, serve that OP grin

freezingmog Wed 23-Dec-15 19:01:05

"cock on blini, snip of chavs"

Goodness that's a lively starter!

notafanofwinter Wed 23-Dec-15 19:01:23

A portion of tinned fruit salad in an iceceam glass or a bag of cheesy whotsits.
When she cooks she can decide what to serve.

Jw35 Wed 23-Dec-15 19:24:26

I second prawn cocktail in a glass with one dangling off the side! grin I'm so classy!

Your house your rules! Personally I love salmon mousse. I don't pile up the plates so can do 3 courses (or maybe I'm just a massive pig)!

WhatamessIgotinto Wed 23-Dec-15 19:26:01

Teaspoon of cock on blini, snip of chavs and serve on platter with fizz. Job done.

Very rarely do I read a post that actually really does make me laugh out loud, but this is fucking hilarious!

Cock on blinis coming right up for the MIL. gringrin

DragonsCanHop Wed 23-Dec-15 19:26:19


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