This post is bought to you in collaboration with Corelle.

I might be showing my age here, but back in the early ’90s Mr BC (then fiance C) and I would host many dinner parties. We would crank up the Sade, and treat our guests to a pre-dinner cocktail followed by several courses of rich, overly prepared, adventurous courses all matched carefully with wines because we were utter wine snobs. To finish, there would always be chocolates and port, accompanied by an argumentative game of Pictionary into the wee hours of the morning. Ahhhh, good times!

I tell you this because Corelle have released a YouTube series called ‘The Tipsy Hostess’ and I thought it was an absolute crack up!  Tiffany is the hostess with the mostess. It reminded me of several episodes of bad behaviour, (probably from me) but also from one notoriously childish grown up. He complained loudly that his spoon was Not A Proper Soup Spoon, and flounced off to the kitchen to throw the offending spoon into the sink before selecting a new spoon and returning to the table to slurp his soup in huffy indignation. He had selected the spoon we used to feed the cat, a fact neither the fiance or myself offered as we sat there in smug silence and let him enjoy his soup.

Here is episode 1, but make sure you also catch episodes 2 and 3. Hilarious!
Corelle is the original break and chip resistant dinnerware, known for it’s legendary toughness. I can see it has a lot in common with Tiffany! You can follow Tiffany’s exploits here, she has plenty of tips for hosting the perfect evening! Corelle dinnerware is perfect for flighty dinner guests, fractious children, camping disasters, and maybe even tantrum throwing hosts. It’s also very reasonably priced if you are just starting out on your dinner party journey.

Corelle would like to give away a dining set to the person with the best tip for hosting a dinner party, entry is via Rafflecopter below. If you can’t think of any tips, just tell me something you would cook for your ideal dinner party, or a story about a dinner party you’ve hosted, or attended. The winner can choose from either South Beach or Ruby Red, and Corelle will ship it to you directly; hopefully in time for your next dinner party! The winner will be drawn on Monday 22nd December. 

South Beach or Ruby Red? 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is not sponsored, but Corelle did send me the South Beach dinner set to try, and I absolutely love it. It is fresh and summery, and I don’t have to worry about the monkeys breaking it or teenage daughter chipping it as she angrily unloads the dishwasher. Thanks Corelle!

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14 thoughts on “Bring back the Dinner Party! But first, a giveaway.

  • 12/11/2014 at 2:31 AM
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    Simple food cooked well is best for dinner parties so you don't get into a tizz about a complicated recipe. If you do try something new, don't do a practice run because the second time round isn't as good as the first attempt. Or maybe that just happens to me?

    • 12/12/2014 at 12:48 AM
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      Nope, law of first is best works here too, it must be universal! x

  • 12/11/2014 at 4:34 AM
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    Sounds very much like my 90's mrs bc. I'm sure we would've been great dinner party guests at each other's houses. I remember going all out with canapes, 3 courses, cheese and port for afters, like a typical dinner party i hosted and lucky i did all the prep the day before because a full day at the horse races was had and we were well and truly gone by dinner time. Great fun and the worst hangover the next day. There were many hNgovers in the 90's. Lol

    • 12/12/2014 at 12:48 AM
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      I remember those hangovers! We should get together for a dinner party, it would be a hoot!
      x

  • 12/11/2014 at 7:48 AM
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    I miss dinner parties! It's all kid-friendly bbqs round our way these days. I don't even know where my Sade CD is for heaven's sake! Best dinner party story – preparing for the arrival of guests, 2 of whom were snooty foodies (before snooty foodies were a thing). My blender was doing a very slow job of chopping spinach leaves so I asked husband to push them down further towards the blades. I forgot to add 'with a spoon' and instead he pushed it with a finger. As guests arrived I was wiping blood sprays off the kitchen wall and husband was off to emergency with his mashed hand wrapped in a tea towel. Norah Jones continued unabated. This counts as a story AND a tip – blenders and fingers don't mix.

    • 12/12/2014 at 12:50 AM
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      Oh, no! Hope your hubs was alright! Did the dinner go ahead, minus the extra red sauce? My Sade is on vinyl, I am that old! x

  • 12/11/2014 at 11:03 AM
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    Oh god I would love to win this dinner set more than a European holiday!
    My 6 kids treat our dinnerware like sports items and we have NO matching crockery to speak of! I love Corelle and desperately want to own some of it! Suffering in shame and misery with my ugly mismatched stuff!

    • 12/12/2014 at 12:52 AM
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      Oh I just want to give you a hug! 3 kids is the reason we can't have nice things, I imagine 6 is a lot worse! Fingers crossed for you; apparently mismatched is in, but I think Corelle is very reasonably priced xx

  • 12/11/2014 at 12:46 PM
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    Dinner parties aren't just about the food, don't forget about the ambiance! Play music suitable for your party or have a themed dinner party to set the mood.

    • 12/12/2014 at 12:55 AM
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      Ooh I love a theme! We once had an Italian theme. The food was great but my husband kept playing Dean Martin's 'When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that's amore!' It was a bit much actually. x

  • 12/13/2014 at 1:26 AM
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    Organisation is the key,
    to throw a cracker of a dinner party.
    Write lists so there's nothing to forget.
    Oh, you'll remember it all? You wont.. I bet!

    Have everything but food ready in advance.
    Even your dress – no last minute plans!
    Choose food that's easy to make.
    Even the simplest of dishes still taste great!

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the feast..
    Then hubby can wash up while you rest your feet!

  • 12/19/2014 at 12:19 AM
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    My best tip is to remember the reason you are having the dinner party – which hopefully is to spend quality time with good friends – then work back from there with foods that you can create easily and without stress! Add some good wine and relax and have a good time!

  • 12/20/2014 at 2:39 AM
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    My hot tip would be make sure you spend time with your guests. There is nothing worse that having a host running around like a chook with her head cut off, that's to busy to engage in witty convos and a glass of wine.

  • 12/21/2014 at 6:53 AM
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    My tip… Cream cheese! Make something with cream cheese. Stuffed mushrooms, sauces, desserts, or even just a jar of apricot jam and chopped cashews poured over a block of cream cheeseā€¦someone always asks for the recipe!

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