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tabigarasu:
I just found out, well, today, that I didn't get any of the local jobs I applied for, so I will be moving very shortly out-of-state. I'd like to throw a "See you one last time" party for all my friends, but for various schedule reasons, I can only do so on a weekday (I will be out of town scoping out apartments on one weekend, and then there is Easter weekend, and then I will be gone). Some of my friends work traditional 9-5s, but some are in school, and so work odd shift hours.

I am thinking of just having an open house, and inviting people to stop by for however long they are able, anytime between 2 and 10. I plan to have snacky food available - chips, dips, veggie platter, a big ol' tray of rice pilau, sodas, and any finger foods I can throw together from the perishables left in my freezer.  Do I need to provide real dinner-type food for the people who show up at the dinner hour? Or can I assume that people will be clever enough to realize that if I'm having an open house, they should plan to feed themselves their evening meal either before or after coming over? 

Also, is it a terrible faux pas to say that while I will have sodas and juice, the party will be BYOB?

Lisbeth:
I don't think you need to serve a meal at any time during your open house.  Hors d'oeuvres through the day sound fine.

I do think you should skip the BYOB part of it and just serve whatever drinks fit within your budget.

lovinAZ:
I agree with KeenReader on all counts

sparksals:

--- Quote from: KeenReader on March 19, 2007, 06:06:42 PM ---I don't think you need to serve a meal at any time during your open house.  Hors d'oeuvres through the day sound fine.

I do think you should skip the BYOB part of it and just serve whatever drinks fit within your budget.

--- End quote ---

I think this depends on social circle.  In my group of friends at home, it is a given that everything, unless a dinner party, is BYOB.  If it's not the norm in the OP's circle, then she should provide only what she can afford. 

hobish:

BYOB is the norm most of the time in my circle, as well. If it is in yours, tabi, i don't see an issue.

Especially since you're moving & not especially in a position to be stocking a bar, i think BYOB would be acceptable.

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