|Regarding Dinner Parties
||[Mar. 17th, 2011|10:59 am]
I think it would be really fun to host a dinner party.
In my Art of the Essay class, we read an essay that had a large section about dinner parties. How one organizes them, the type of people invited, the correct protocol for eating, how the whole night is laid out, what people talk about, etc. I find it most fascinating.
I've been to one real dinner party. Right before I started college, my parents and I were invited to a friend's house in Gross Pointe, MI, which is essentially the Westchester of Michigan (i.e., mad rich peeps in giant butt houses, yo.) It was a group of about 8 adults and an awkward 18 year old, and they all knew the hosts but not each other. That's part of the art: Finding the right mix of people to invite, so that everyone can be involved in some sort of conversation. The seating arrangement lends to this as well, and of course one must adhere to the boy, girl, boy, girl, seating order with the hosts at either end of the table. Your manners must be flawless, with the napkin always in the lap, and remembering which utensil to use when, and that you need to remember to There are cocktails before hand, and lounging around post dinner until the first guest leaves.
I'm really attracted to the ritualistic aspect of it. I also LOVE hosting things. I find a strange joy in organizing parties, and who I want to invite, and what kind of activities can be going on so that everyone has a good time. When I was younger and could only invite a certain number of people to my birthday parties, I had to pick and choose very carefully so that everyone could get along. I think that I might have a natural knack for picking the right people to invite. I'm also good at making the rounds and talking to everyone present so that I give all the guests their rightful attention.
The problem lies in the food since I can't cook for shit. I could always ask a friend to help, or I could order food, but I would feel bad if the friend were invited but then was also in charge of the food, and ordering costs money, so ultimately I would have to make it myself. Maybe that's a good incentive for working on my cooking skills? I can certainly make more than I used to, but I am nowhere near up to par for "dinner party cooking proficiency."
Maybe I'll start with a Tea party and work my way up :D