Don’t Bring Something To A Party That Requires A Lot Of Prep Time

Don’t Bring Something To A Party That Requires A Lot Of Prep Time
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Parties are often gatherings where your behaviour may determine whether you get invited again. Bringing something to the party that’s a hassle to cook, set up or serve is a no-no.

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Parties are meant to be fun, but sometimes people forget showing some of the most common courtesies to their host. Nancy Mitchell at Apartment Therapy suggests that bring something to a party is courteous, as long as it doesn’t require extra work for the host:

If you’re bringing something to the party, good on you. But don’t bring something that will require a ton of prep space or kitchen time on the party end. Chances are your host has been cooking all day and counter space in the kitchen is at a premium. If you’re in there chopping things and looking for bowls and knives and whatnot, things can get chaotic.

It all boils down to the golden rule: how would you want your guests to act at your party? You can read more great party guest tips at the link below.

Dos and Don’ts: 7 Ways to Be the Perfect Party Guest [Apartment Therapy]


  • Absolutely! Last Christmas we asked a relative to bring some “nibbles” for everyone while they were opening presents and waiting for lunch. She brought mushroom vol au vents which not only required an entire tray in the oven during a very tightly organised oven cooking schedule but also required a stove top spot to heat the filling. Things did not go smoothly.

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