10 June 2021, The Tablet

Party time: jewelled pilaf

Party time: jewelled pilaf

If you are one of those persons who loves to host a party, you will be desperate to be unleashed. That is, if there is no last-minute decision to maintain the current restrictions. Unbox the party glassware that has lain dustily hidden under the stairs for 15 months; begin to draw up those lists, finalise the menu and order the ice – a party can at long last have a fluid invitation list that allows more than the dreaded “30”. 

Thirty was a terrible, absolutely bound-to-offend number of guests to choose. For many people, 30 just about got all the aunties and uncles on to the list, never mind 29 of your closest friends. I’m not sure there was much point anyway in a party that had rules, including a ban on hugging, so I am looking forward hugely to throwing my first. Our past bashes have always been designed around our friends’ working and family life. We liked the kind of do where people would arrive at random times in the evening. I’d reckon on serving food up until nine. Anyone who comes later than that must surely have eaten dinner? If not, that’s tough. Our home is not a canteen.

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