Are Dinner Parties As Extinct As Dinosaurs?
My parents threw dinner parties all the time as far back as I can remember and so did my friends’ parents. We also always had company over for drinks and food. Now I’ve noticed that nobody’s having dinner parties. Or none to which I have been invited. Have you thrown any dinner parties lately? Can a guy have a dinner party?
I remember dinner parties growing up. My mother would set the table with her fancy schmancy china, sterling silver, and a lacy white table cloth. Women wore high heels, tailored dresses, and carried pocketbooks. The men were in button down shirts with cufflinks and tie shoes. They all smoked and sipped scotch on the rocks. FYI, I haven’t seen a cufflink or pocketbook since and the clothes are all in resale stores in LA and New York probably still smelling of Camels, Lucky Strikes or Marlboros.
Rex, don’t worry; it’s fab for a guy to have a dinner party. Live it up, kiddo. Lately I have met men who love to cook exotic meals of all nationalities. They have expensive espresso machines and other fancy devices about which I know nothing but am impressed.
Truthfully I’m a one salad at a time from Trader Joe’s type of eater. Marginally healthy but easy to dump on a plate. To add insult to personal disclosure I have no idea how to even set a table. The knife, fork, spoon, and napkin confuse me. God forbid a soup spoon is needed because then I get a headache and start to itch. Why does this proper placement matter anyway? Martha Stewart, if you want to remain the queen of table settings develop a utensil GPS.
I would love to be invited to a dinner party, as it gets scary when you walk into Trader Joe’s and the employees know you so well one of them hands you the Harvest salad. I desperately need another option, so when you make out your guest list put me on it! Please.
Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
Who decides what’s manly and what’s not? I went to order a pair of these new slip into shoes in sea foam green and my daughter went nuts. “EWWWW Dad, those look like they’re Mom’s. Promise you won’t wear them in front of me or my friends.” Is this fair? Women get colors and men have a choice of black or brown. Should I buy the shoes or male supplements?
Shoeless in Milwaukee
First of all, buy the shoes ASAP. You are obviously hipper than your daughter and way more fashion forward. Anything goes, baby. Your daughter seems stuck in 1985 when men wore Cole Haan loafers or top siders. Admittedly I still like both but they are no longer de rigueur. In fact lately I have not seen a male in anything other than running / athletic shoes. Should we thank Michael Jordan and Phil Knight for making feet fun? There are so many brands now it makes my head explode. And when did they become more expensive than a car?
Shoeless in Milwaukee, I recommend color and comfort for spring. If you can just slip into those sea foam green babies nothing should stop you.
There is, however, one criterion when it comes to men’s feet and most of you have not gotten the memo or refuse to adhere to it. The pedicure! Yes, women look at more than your shoes and I look judgmentally at both. The first time you see a man barefoot is as critical as elsewhere. Really. I once dated this smart, handsome, successful guy until the big reveal…Howard Hughes toe nails. I think I blacked out for a few seconds. All was not lost, however, as I masterminded the great foot offensive of 2002 and he cut them.
I say forget your daughter’s edict. And be home wearing the shoes when her friends come over.
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