(Closed) Advice needed: charging guests at Super Bowl party

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How tacky is it?
    So tacky I just threw up a little in my mouth : (163 votes)
    74 %
    Sort of inappropriate, but the world is a-changing & soon we'll all be Emily Post's worst nightmare : (38 votes)
    17 %
    Not a big deal, as long as your guests understand the party wasn't your idea : (17 votes)
    8 %
    What are you, crazy? You should charge $25 pp and make a little profit while you're at it! : (1 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
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    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Cecilia37:  Are you paying to bring in caterers? Why not just ask everyone to bring a dish?

    Post # 4
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    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would feel the same way you do, I would just never want people to pay at a party we’re hosting.  Is there a reason he’s so set on that particular caterer?  You could make your own party food for much less, or go potluck.

    Post # 6
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    3755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    He would rather make people pay money, than just have a potluck so people can bring a dish? That makes no sense. He’s being ridiculous. If you don’t want to spend the money, best to have everyone contribute a dish. However, if your friends are as close as you say, why not just ask them if they want to all chip in for catering, or do it potluck style?I wouldn’t find it out of the ordinary if my friends said “Sure, we’ll host since we have the room and the location is great, but let’s all pitch in for the food!” Maybe some others find this in bad taste, but I actually feel bad when people host parties and spend so much money on food. It adds up FAST! 

    Post # 7
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    1508 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If you’re bringing in actual catering I dont think it’s bad to charge per head but I wouldnt charge for a regular party. 

    Post # 8
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    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    eh I’d never host a party in my home and charge people anything  – it’s not a college frat party! If you can’t afford to host a party then you don’t host one.

    Typically when we host, people bring beer or snacks, hopefully your friends are the same way! If not, I say have a potluck – those can be fun for an event like superbowl! Otherwise, order a few pizzas and call it a day. No need for 18/pp catering.

    Post # 9
    Member
    5400 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would cringe. I think it’s extremely tacky. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Cecilia37:  we usually do potluck with a money option for those who would rather eat and not cook.

    Post # 12
    Member
    760 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would go potluck.  Works out great and there’s always enough food for everyone. If they asked YOU to host, they can help out! 

    Post # 13
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    5956 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Don’t cater a party and expect your guests to pay, if anything, arrange a pitch in where everyone brings a dish or something like that…but charging for catering when they had no input?  I would die of embarassment for you!

    Post # 14
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    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I have to admit, I have had parties with friends where we had everyone chip in a little for the food we were cooking… however that was when we were all in college with minimum wage or no jobs at all, so everyone was in the same boat.  Now that we (or at least I) have big kid jobs, I would never host a party where I made others pay.  I think potluck is a way better way to go.

    Post # 15
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    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Another vote for potluck. Asking people to pay for food is not in very good taste.

    Post # 16
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    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would go potluck. I think it’s rude to ask people to pay for a party hosted at your house.

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