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When you are hosting a party, assuming that you are providing all or most of the food, do you tend to go overboard and have more food than you need, or do you try to get as close as you can to the exact amount of food you need?

I am my mother's daughter - she is always worried about us not having enough food for parties (~15 years later, she STILL brings up the first time my uncle hosted Christmas dinner at his house after his divorce when he insisted he had it all covered - and there was nowhere near enough food). When we host game night, we usually order pizza but we have a variety of snack foods. Everyone brings something, but some people bring more than others. I try to make sure that we have things like chips, nuts, cheese and fruit, etc. Others come with salsa and different salads, etc. When we're done, we clean up, exchange some of the stuff that people brought, and everyone heads out. Last night, one of the guests commented about how we always have more food than we need at our parties, but she always tries to limit things so there's no more than absolutely needed. I've noticed this at parties at her house, partially because I'm kind of a picky eater (for example, I can't stand spicy food), so I've left her parties ravenous before because there were no options that I liked (or I didn't want to try to make a meal of chips). I'm guessing probably something in the middle is better, but just wondering what everyone else does :)

The other question is about "layered" food. For example, layered cookies, string cheese, etc. I always peel my string cheese - I love eating it that way. I also eat things like cookies or candies in layers. How about you, do you take bites of the string cheese or peel it? Do you take apart cookies or candies or other foods that can be disassembled?

Date: 2016-10-10 05:28 am (UTC)
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I prefer to have too much food ... I think it would be totally embarrassing to have people leave hungry, wouldn't it?

And I take apart cookies and stuff if they are layered ...

Date: 2016-10-10 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I definitely would rather have lots of leftovers (I'm sure my coworkers would agree as I brought in some leftovers to share this morning) than have people hungry. I try to do a variety because some people are trying to make healthier choices and some people just want some crunchy salty stuff and some people just want some dessert (and some people want a little of everything!). I tend to bring a lot to the above friend's parties to "help out" but also because I hate coming home ravenous.

I enjoy taking layered things apart :)

Date: 2016-10-11 01:18 am (UTC)
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Oh yes, I also appreciate having options!

Date: 2016-10-10 07:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
I think something in the middle would be best, but I would err on the side of having too much food. I'd feel really bad if people went hungry.

I'm not sure what my preference would be with string cheese, since I've never had that. I think the only layered food I have eaten is oreos, in which case I take bites - to me the flavors taste better together than separately. :)

Date: 2016-10-10 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's true, it would be better (and cheaper!) to be somewhere in the middle. I have a hard time not going overboard when I go shopping, though I always buy stuff that either I like or Zen likes. If there's something new I want to try, I'll often get it for a party too, because I can try it and share it. if I like it, i can always get more (and if I don't I can send it home with someone else ;)).

I take the top layer off my oreos when I eat them. Unless I'm dunking them in milk, in which case I dunk the whole thing and take bites.

Date: 2016-10-11 01:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
Better to have too much than not enough. And having leftovers just means that your next meal is already taken care of. :)

Date: 2016-10-12 12:10 am (UTC)
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If I were hosting a party I'd try to make as close as I could to only the food that we needed.

As for... us and cheese, I would just try to keep James from eating more cheese than his stomach knows what to do with (little dude loves his cheesums!). :P

Date: 2016-10-14 04:37 pm (UTC)
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How do you estimate how much you'll need? Maybe I'm just bad at that part of it. Especially when it comes to chips/snacks kind of stuff.

I am a cheese lover. I have a hard time turning down cheese :)


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