Hosting or even attending a dinner party can be a daunting experience if you’re unsure of the audience, but luckily, a nationwide study has now uncovered the golden rules for the perfect dinner party.
As far as manners go, checking if your guests have allergies (41%) topped the list, never cancelling at short notice (30%) came second and serving drinks in jam jars (27%) came third which could upset a few Shoreditch dwellers.
Surprisingly, only a fifth of people talk about the dreaded subject of politics while 15% believe the conversation should focus on lighter subjects, such as the TV shows or the Netflix series people are currently watching.
The survey conducted by Stoves asked 1,500 dinner party goers across the UK about their habits to finally clear up the unwritten dinner party rules.
While some may be proud of posting a meal they’re about to devour on Instagram, 16% of Brits found posting photos of your own food on Instagram is poor taste and while 12% claim you should, at all costs, avoid posting unflattering pictures of fellow guests on social media.
The most popular drink of the last few years could be on the way out as 5% said an English wine or Cava would be better than Prosecco, one in five felt serving a formal starter is outdated, and 7% said you should always sit people boy/girl/boy/girl.
Dressing is important as 46% of those attending a dinner party thought turning up dressed appropriately is rule number one of being a good dinner guest, while 44% added that they must compliment the host’s cooking. In a modern twist, more than one in ten (15%) believed it is a must to thank your host on social media the next day.
The research also found that the average household has one dinner party a month, while half of Brits prefer staying in and cooking for friends more than eating out.
Despite the enduring popularity of supper soirees, almost four out of five (78%) Brits think the term “dinner party” is outdated, yet almost a quarter (24%) admit that hosting one makes them feel grown-up.
More than half (57% said getting together with friends is the thing they love about dinner parties, while 46% enjoy being able to relax at home, and a third (33%) like the fact you can take your time over the meal when dining in.