I love hosting dinner parties. Seriously, I live for them and can't wait to plan the next one. Because I plan carefully, I want people to show up on time. I certainly don't expect everyone to sit down and eat right when they get there, so I usually serve something small with cocktails while we wait for everyone to arrive.
But what do I do about people who aren't just 30 minutes late, but an hour or more? If I invite you for a meal at 7:30, is it really too much to expect you to be ready to sit down to eat at 8:30? Being late to a dinner party is so disrespectful. What's wrong with people? Do they hate me? I've had it up to here. I'm ready to quit hosting and just make nice dinners for myself, to eat alone while watching Netflix.
Ready to Eat
Dear Ready to Eat,
As I'm sure you know, this isn't a new problem. And I can't make your guests show up on time, but I may be able to help you find some peace.