My mother has received an invite to a birthday party for a cousin turning 50. Said cousin and his wife recently had some renovations completed, so the party is to celebrate the birthday and show off the home improvements. My mother ran into cousin in the weekend and he asked if she was coming – after a short discussion it appears she had missed the emailed invite and of course she’d love to come celebrate his birthday with him.
However, upon opening the email the true nature of the party was revealed. The invite detailed that the men are to bring “meat or something sweet”, and the women are to bring a salad, or side dish.
Yes that’s right, the husbands are to bring the mains and desserts, and the wives are to bring the appetizers and side dishes to fill out the meal. At this point I was left wondering what was left for the ‘hosts’ to provide at this party.
However, in a follow-up email shortly after the invite was sent, it was kindly pointed out that as their renovations have only just been completed they don’t have outdoor furniture yet, so if you’d like to sit down, you are invited to bring your own deck chair. So now the guests are providing the food, and the seating.
Yesterday a third email arrived, from the wife, suggesting that as Mr Almost-50 doesn’t have a BBQ of his own, everyone could donate towards this as their present, and she has provided her bank account details for everyone to directly deposit into!
I think this could (almost) be forgiven if it were students holding a pot-luck flat-warming, but these are grown adults with adult children of their own. 1025-16