My fiancee and I recently a party. We had yard games for people to play and a bonfire – people could be outside or inside. I made a ton of food for our guests to eat – crock pots covered our kitchen and I had made one special dish that I knew our friends loved. This dish is so popular with our friends, that I made triple the normal amount.
One of our guests showed up SUPER early for the party with her new boyfriend. They were planning on going out to the bar that night and not stay at our party (we were just happy to see her and meet him, so that was fine).
As soon as she saw the crock pots, she asked about the special dish. I showed her that I did indeed make this and told her to help herself. I saw friend and her new guy make plates of food for themselves. No one else had arrived yet but these two and two other friends that showed up early to help decorate.
Friend and guy made HEAPING plates of food for themselves. Mostly just the special dish. I was upstairs and glanced down a few minutes later. They were going back for more. Then again for a third. Before I could say anything or move the crock pot, more guests had arrived and were in the backyard playing games and I had to go greet people, so I went out back.
By the time everyone arrived (on time, may I add), I went back inside to check on the food. The only people inside my house? Friend and boyfriend. The crockpot full of the special dish was totally gone. They ate the whole crockpot!! Then they left and went to the bar. Without saying goodbye or thank you. They showed up early to get a good meal and just left.
Good thing we aren’t having a buffet at our wedding. 1106-12
Note to self for future events: Never say, “Help yourselves.” This sentence is the golden ticket to unlimited consumption by greedy moochers who have no concept of thinking beyond themselves to consider that maybe there are other people who would enjoy some special dish,too. Instead say, “Dinner will be ready at 6 pm. I hope you can wait till then!”
Addendum: The recipe that inspired such moochiness:
“Moocher Mushrooms” aka Crackpot Mushrooms
We call the dish “crackpot mushrooms”. Because it’s made in the crockpot. It was 4 containers of small white capped mushrooms, two sticks of butter and two packages of dry ranch dressing mix. It’s left in the crockpot on medium for two hours. It is pretty freaking good. Even if it will give you a heart attack form all that butter.