(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 # 31
    6300 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yes, regardless of venue I would assume that any event/party being hosted over a mealtime would serve a meal. I wouldn’t expect a sit-down dinner but I would at the very least assume there would be enough food (in quantity and variety) to equal a meal and would assume it would be buffet or station style. 


    ETA: Case in point….over Christmas one of our new neighbors hosted a Christmas party that started at 7:00pm. EVERYONE assumed there would be dinner (not a sit down, but enough food and big variety that it would equal dinner). We all showed up to find a sorry exuse for a table of apps that basically consisted of chips/salasa, mini brownies, fruit, veggies, and some spinach dip/toast (and literally ONE pie). We live in a private waterfront community, so it’s not like this was a budget party. 😉 It was clearly just poor hosting on their part. Several of us left early and called in takeout which my husband picked up and they all came to our house to eat dinner at 8:30pm because we were starving! We all assumed we’d be fed dinner at this party.

    Post # 34
    4023 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

    Because it’s in a restaurant, I would assume there would be some food. Because of the time of the event, I would think it would likely be appetizers and desserts but I would hope the invitation would specify

    Post # 35
    9758 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I would assume their is food but sometimes people are shitty hosts these days so I would be cautious.

    Post # 36
    7806 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’d just put something on the invites like “Join us for dinner and celebrations starting at 730” or something. 

    I would assume that there would be food, but I think saying “dinner” gets it across.

    Post # 37
    143 posts
    Blushing bee

    Why not change the time and possibly the venue to avoid ambiguity? And state on the invitation what type of food and drink will be served, i.e.- “cocktail reception” and hold it during cocktail hours? Or “please join us for cake and champagne immediately following” and make it 8:00 or later? 

    I have been to lovely small receptions at the church where the ceremony was done, just champagne and cake made by the bride. I’ve been to an open bar and appetizers for a cocktail reception at a restaurant (with smaller after party and more food following). Just went to a beautiful reception at the bride’s father’s home, appetizers from Costco, cake from Publix, self serve bar, and it was actually really nice! Second wedding on grooms boat, with drinks and appetizers dockside…Really, you don’t have to make it all about the food, but at least a drink to propose a toast with and some nibbles are expected at a wedding. Best wishes! 

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