In our experience, it seems most dinner parties start at 7pm. This allows enough time for guests to get ready after work (and for the host to get last minute details together), but is early enough that dinner can be leisurely without the evening slipping away too soon.
However, as the spring days get longer, it's still light out at 7. And getting together for dinner just doesn't seem right when it's not dark. So maybe a seasonally-adjusted optimum start time is 8pm for the spring and summer months. Anyone else feel this way?
How do you determine when to start your dinner parties? Is it based on work schedules, prep time, bed time, the lighting? What are the pros and cons of going much earlier or later than 7? Let us know your perfect start time and why in the comments below!