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Not feeding guests?

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ReginaFelangi · 02/08/2015 21:14

Just wondering if I ABU.

Some friends are throwing a party. It's a big anniversary at a village hall and has been organised for months. They have lots of friends going. Most are having to travel quite a long distance and have booked hotels at £60+ for the night.

A few weeks back guests were told no drinks would be provided. Now it's clear they're not providing any food either.

I'm not really sure what the point is anymore. I would never arrange a party with no food or drinks! Do you think this is unreasonable?

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marinacortina · 02/08/2015 22:46

"Is there going to be any music???"

Let's make a playlist

Duran Duran, Hungry like the Wolf
Bruce Springsteen, Hungry Heart
UB40, Food For Thought

Only1scoop · 02/08/2015 22:49

Abba 'chicken tikka'
Weird al yancivik 'eat it'

Floggingmolly · 02/08/2015 22:51

They're basically gathering you all in one place so you can hand over your gifts. Hmm As soon as you have, you'll probably be told to fuck off back to your hotel; they've only got the hall till 10pm...
There is no potential whatsoever in that to be an utter hoot, Hellion, none at all.

notapizzaeater · 02/08/2015 22:52

Going through my mind is ...

McDonald's, McDonald's Kentucky fried chicken and a Pizza Hut, McDonald's McDonald's .... Etc etc

woodhill · 02/08/2015 22:54

feed the world

drink, drink, drink

food glorious food

chinese chicken

mcCarthur park

pina colada song

mewkins · 02/08/2015 22:55

Hungry eyes?
All I need is the air that I breathe?

I went to a wedding reception like this - overpriced bar and a small table with a few dry crumbs of leftover cheese. We were in the middle of nowhere and starving. Why do people do it? Why not just have a party for a small number and actually feed them?

WallyBantersJunkBox · 02/08/2015 22:55

UB40 could sing "red, red wine" too!

They'd best play this...

It'll be like that disco on Craggy Island. With a DJ playing Ghost Town on repeat....
woodhill · 02/08/2015 22:55

not is that the chinese chicken song?

Only1scoop · 02/08/2015 22:56

Will they have a 'lovely girl' competition I wonder Grin

ExitPursuedByABear · 02/08/2015 23:03

marinacortina · 02/08/2015 23:05

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please Grin

WallyBantersJunkBox · 02/08/2015 23:06

Yes, followed by "Hurry up Arry, we're goin down the pub..."

dontcallmelen · 02/08/2015 23:12

only1 they could eat 'my lovely horse'Grin

Only1scoop · 02/08/2015 23:13

Indeed.... And they will certainly need Mrs Doyles 'modern tea machine'

MrsHathaway · 02/08/2015 23:14

Ketchup song
Agadoo (subtle but lots of food references)

Is it Kelis who sang about Milkshake?

hibbleddible · 02/08/2015 23:16

I once went to a children's party where this happened. The party was at their house, and no food or drink was provided, other than a single bowl of biscuits, and the birthday cake. No party games either.

The couple in question are very well off (I know because the wife has boasted told me how much her husband earns, and how she could easily afford not to work).

It was quite bizarre really. I left because dd was getting hungry. (She had eaten a meal prior, and I wasn't expecting a full meal, but something is usually provided to tide hungry toddlers over to the next meal)

WallyBantersJunkBox · 02/08/2015 23:18

Wow, the best thing about kids parties is the tea!

Zillie77 · 02/08/2015 23:18

My sister's wedding was potluck, but she and her now-wife provided lots of additional food and drink, a great setting, no one was made to feel bad for not bringing anything, kids were welcome, etc. It did help with their budget but even more so their friends seemed to enjoy being part of the wedding that way.

measles64 · 02/08/2015 23:20

Go to the local takeaways see who will deliver grab a handful of menus and hand these out on the night, you will be the belle of the village hall.

We had some super stingy friends, who would expect everyone to bring a nice bottle and presents, then would offer some disgusting stuff to drink, no-one could stay long because they then said they had to go out for a celebration dinner.

Zillie77 · 02/08/2015 23:21

Although I think this anniversary party may devolve into some sort of riot-have the village constabulary been informed? They might want to be standing by.

Vijac · 02/08/2015 23:26

Over the age of 25 this is very odd. Under and byo party with entertainment and a venue is lots of fun.

Zillie77 · 02/08/2015 23:27

Things to bring to party:
Taser to protect food and drink from ravenous hordes
Ear trumpet so I can hear the entertainment over the shouts of protest when the deprivations of the party become clear
Photo ID for when arrested by village constabulary after party evolves into huge brouhaha

CantGetYouOutOfMyHead · 02/08/2015 23:27

30 minutes in, I'd shout out 'Pizza's here!' and sit down to eat my own pre-ordered 9-inch plus Coke plus mini icecream tub. On my own.

MsAspreyDiamonds · 02/08/2015 23:29

I dare you to print this thread off and post it to them. If your relationship with them is terminated, it doesn't matter as they sound like stingy grabby tightwads.

Save your money and don't attend, they can arrange alternative entertainment. I wonder how many people actually accept the invitation. Wouldn't it be good if nobody turned up, serves them right.

WhereYouLeftIt · 02/08/2015 23:36

"My OH is providing the entertainment (for free) so we have to go."
No, you don't. You really don't. Seriously, he's going to stand in front of however many hungry and pissed-off hostages guests and try and give them a good time? He'll go down like a lead balloon. How demoralising would that be for your OH? And then this lovely couple will blame him for their crap non-party!

I would absolutely bail on this event. And the 'friends'.

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