(Closed) Would you expect there to be food? (Poll)

posted 3 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Would you assume you were getting a meal at a 7.30pm party held at a restaurant?

    Yes, I would assume there will be a meal at the party.

    No, I would have dinner before I went.

    I would have a snack beforehand but hope there was a meal at the party.

    Other (please specify).

  • Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee

    At a restaurant?! Of course I’d assume there was food. And 7:30 is a normal dinner time to most. 

    Post # 17
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    Honey bee

    I think it depends on what part of the country you are in or cultural norms, because 7:30 is late for dinner in my area. I don’t know anyone who eats dinner that late on a regular basis. 6 or 6:30 is more the norm around here. So I would certainly assume there would be some food when at a restaurant, but for a party that starts at 7:30 and assuming food won’t come out until slightly later, I don’t know that I would assume it’s a full dinner buffet. I might assume it is some appetizers or dessert.

    I would just provide a short and simple “dinner buffet provided”.  People know that buffets provide variety, I would assume a good host knows their guest list and would properly provide options for them, and anyone with allergies or serious restrictions will likely always be proactive enough to inquire.

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2020

    I guess I would assume there is some food, but maybe not a full meal.  So, I would probably eat something light before going to ensure I wasn’t too hungry.  I’d definitely find a way to communicate there will be a full meal!

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

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    princessmiaofgenovia :  I would feel assured that I would be provided with a substantial meal if 1. The RSVP asked me to indicate any dietary restrictions or 2. The invite stated that dinner options are available for guests with dietary preferences (vegan, Girlfriend, etc.)

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Even if at a restaurant, I would assume appetizers but not a full meal and would eat dinner beforehand unless given more info! 

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee

    I dont think you can “assume” anything..

    Just specify on the invitation that a full buffet will be served. Theres a chance I might only expect nibbles / light food at an engagement party.

    “Arrive Hungry” is good.. and I would also maybe footnote that dietary restrictions catered for – or just ask people to let you know in advance (whether you already know or not) so they can be comfortable you are taking them into consideration.

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

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    princessmiaofgenovia :  Honestly this is pretty straight forward to me…..if you don’t want to splurge yet have people not eat because they have eaten ahead of time, although its at a restaurant and it should be safe to assume there will be food, I would just put it on the invitation “Dinner will be served” simple as that.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    As an editor, I usually abide by the rule “clarity above all else.”  I would recommend adding something onto the invitations just on the off chance that people misunderstand.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I’d indicate full buffet with dietary requirements catered for vegan gluten free etc… 

    i think it’s better for people with dietary requirements o know they can get a full meal or they will eat before, in my experience 

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    If it wasn’t indicated on the invite that a full meal was provided, I’d assume at least some snacks, but I’d eat a bit beforehand in case there wasn’t a full meal. I’d also be kind of annoyed that it wasn’t clarified on the invite, it just creates unneccessary confusion.

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee

    I’m shocked by all the responses from people who assume there would just be some light snacks… When I first read the question I was like what?! A reception at a restaurant? Of course I expect there will be food!! And 7.30 isn’t late at all, that’s prime dinner time for me. Not sure how all the bees manage to eat at 6pm on a daily basis… I don’t get home from work until past 6 and my SO often doesn’t get home until 7.30-8, so dinner is generally ready by 8-9pm or I eat at 7.30 if we have leftovers. 

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2021

    If there was no clarity on the invitation I would assume there would be some hors d’ourves passed but I would not expect a full meal and would probably have a snack before heading over just in case because I’m one of those people who suffers from terrible hanger. 

    Post # 30
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    Newbee

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    princessmiaofgenovia :  I have dietary restrictions- (dairy free and gluten free) so I eat before I go almost anywhere because unless it is specified I never really know what will be available. I think if you want people to eat you should let them know there will be food and perhaps also what dietary restrictions you will be accomodating. This is not necessary of course. I generally call ahead to restaurants etc before I go to make sure there is something on the menu that I can eat. I think it might be common for folks with dietary restrictions to do that. 

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