Inviting guests round for dinner
Bigoystershell · 16/11/2019 16:00
DH as invited his family round for dinner this eve, all good as we were busy this morning and I said I'd bake with DD this aft. Then DH says he's invited them to arrive at 5.
AIBU to think this is early for Sat eve dinner. I was imagining they'd arrive 6.30ish for a Sat eve together, not what is really late afternoon. They're a few miles away btw.
reginafelangee · 16/11/2019 16:09
If I was having a 'dinner party' then I would expect guests to arrive about 7pm and start serving dinner at about 7.30pm.
If my family were coming for dinner then I would expect them from 4pm onwards and I would serve dinner whenever it was cooked.
And I would expect husband to be fully participating in either cleaning or cooking.
BackforGood · 16/11/2019 16:24
If I were having local family over for the meal we have in the evening, then yes, on a non-work day I'd invite them for 5, a we would normally eat what we would call our tea by about 6.
If I were having some kind of formal dinner party, for adults, then I'd expect the invitation to be 7 for 7.30 maybe. However, I wouldn't consider my / my dh's family coming round as a formal dinner party situation.
Surely they can spend time with the dc whilst the adults crack on with the cooking?
If we get together with dh's family, then it is always a 'from 3/3.30' invitation, to spend time together before eating around 5.30. Then those with little ones can get them off to bed by 8ish.
this will depend so much on the make up of your family and what their own traditions / expectations are. No-one is 'wrong' here.
Aragog · 16/11/2019 16:45
5 doesn't seem that early to me, especially for family. When my parents or inlaws come for dinner they normally arrive around 3:30ish, with us eating around 7pm.
Today we have friends (well dh's work friend and partner,) coming for dinner. They will arrive around 6pm, maybe a little earlier. We will sit down to eat around 7:30pm.
With closer friends they'd come a bit earlier - I would just need to be careful not to drink too much with them when chatting if I am cooking ;)
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