This is a question rather than a story.I love hosting dinners and parties and usually buy and prepare all of the food and drink myself. I’m now considering organizing a wine and cheese night for my foodie friends, but the cost of good wines and cheeses is a little prohibitive. The options I’ve considered are either asking each guest to bring a specific wine or cheese, or just organising everything myself and then asking guests to contribute some money. Requesting all the guests to go out to the gourmet food shops hunting for the right wines and cheeses is putting everyone out of the way, so I’m inclined towards the second option. Is it poor taste to ask guests to contribute for an event like this? 1112-12
I believe it is better to be hospitable and gracious and offer guests what you can afford as opposed to asking them to financially subsidize an overly expensive menu. Essentially what you would be doing is charging your guests an admission fee to your wine and cheese tasting and that’s somewhat tacky in comparison to the upscale party you would prefer to host. If you cannot afford the menu items, either scale back or wait and save for several months until you can afford to host in style.