We're talking about dinner parties this week – dream parties, etiquette, inspiring menus – but sometimes, behind all that good stuff, there lurks the fear, or perhaps the memory, of a dinner party gone wrong. So, in the spirit of fun, confession, and perhaps learning from each others' mistakes (and triumphs!), we're curious: have you ever had a dinner party disaster? Fortunately, I don't have too many dinner party disasters in my history, but I'll never forget the horrifying moment when I spilled all of my carefully crafted, freshly (and time-consumingly) shelled fava bean ravioli on the kitchen floor. We called for pizza. Another one of my favorite stories is my boyfriend's and involves the time his German Shepherd stole an entire batch of mandoo (Korean dumplings) off the kitchen counter. (What is it about dumplings?!)
A curve ball such as an inedible dish, a baking disaster, or a Debbie Downer guest can threaten to ruin your evening – but only if you let it. More often than not, disasters turn into funny stories later on. And besides, guests don't expect the perfect; they're there to enjoy your company.
So, tell us: have you ever experienced a dinner party disaster (or potential disaster)? How did you handle it?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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