Are Dinner Parties Dying?

You've set the table with your favorite china and arranged the centerpiece. Linens are ironed, music is chosen, and you're putting the final touches on the appetizer platter. These days, isn't this more a scene out of an old movie than a weekend evening in a typical household?

We read an article recently on Gourmet Live about the demise of the dinner party. Author Alexandra Lange recalls dinner parties her parents used to through in the 80's and wonders how and why they've seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. Back then, they were the ultimate way to socialize. But today, she notes, "I could have a dinner party. And yet I don’t. And none of my friends do either."

Lange has three ideas why dinner parties are less and less popular these days: time, space, and skills. We want to know what you think. Would you rather get together for a casual gathering at a friend's house where everyone is grilling and helping themselves to side dishes? Perhaps meet up for an informal weekend brunch to catch up on everyone's week? Or are you hanging onto the glory days of the dinner party where meals were skillfully planned and the china, for once, had its day in the sun?

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