As the nation prepares to serve Christmas lunch – arguably the most important meal of the year – cook and kitchenware expert Pyrex has conducted a survey to unveil what really makes or breaks a dinner party for guests and hosts alike.
Delving into the nation’s dinner party habits, Pyrex discovered that the number one thing we notice most when attending a dinner at a friend or family member’s home is whether the host has nice serving dishes. Eagle eyed guests also noted that a lack of co-ordinated cutlery or crockery and messy surrounding were the second and third most noticed annoyances, with cold food falling into fourth place.
Despite these results, the good news is that 72% of guests will simply enjoy the meal, without secretly critiquing the food and host. However, just over a quarter just can’t help giving a score out of ten, dependant on the host.
Looking at it from the other side, when asked about being the host it was revealed that the single worst thing about arranging a dinner party is the stress of preparing a meal for more people than usual, followed by the dread of having too much washing up. Another fear is not having the correct serving ware or enough place settings for a formal meal.
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