It’s a cupcakey/macarony day on Ehell and Hell’s Bells today!
Not long ago, I was at 3rd birthday party for a child, held at the family’s house. Most of the guests were children with their parents, along with a few childless friends and relatives of the hosts. There were probably around three dozen guests total.
The birthday cake was one of those “cupcake cakes” where there are a number of cupcakes arranged together and frosted as a cake. The birthday boy blew out the candles and his mother began to hand out cupcakes to the children. After all the children were served cupcakes there were about 4 or 5 left. There were at least 10 adults hovering, hoping to get a cupcake but being polite and not wanting to take one when there were clearly not enough for everyone.
The hostess noticed this, looked around the room and announced, “There are 24 cupcakes. I don’t know how many people are here, but there are 24 cupcakes. That’s all.” Then, she picked one up and started to eat it in front of all her guests who had been served nothing.
I quietly left the room, dumbfounded.
She clearly knew how many people she invited and how many RSVPd (there was an Evite). Furthermore, the cake wasn’t served until two hours into the party, during which time she could have sent her husband three blocks away to the grocery store to get an additional cake when she realized that she under-ordered. 0406-12
Hosts/hostesses should be like the captain of the ship. When the party food is sinking, she is the last to dive into the refreshments. She was a poor hostess for eating food in front of her guests that she knew was in limited supply. Even polite guests are expected to not take the very last morsel of food but even more so for hosts! Were I a guest, I’d offer to share half a cupcake with another deprived guest.