11/28/2013 09:22 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2013

Warm Food Is Less Important Than Nice Plates, Dinner Party Survey Reveals


It may be hard to think of your Thanksgiving dinner as a legitimate "dinner party" with your nosy aunt Esther and Instagram-obsessed younger cousin at the table. But if there's any time of the year to polish off those vintage plates you compulsively brought over the summer and get your Martha Stewart on, 'tis the season.

According to a survey conducted by cookware brand Pyrex, you wouldn't be alone, with almost 40 percent of respondents saying that they actually host a dinner party for family and friends at least once a month. (Overachieve much?)

The survey, which was conducted among 2,010 British men and women in May of this year, offered some other interesting insight on the ways 21st century hosts (and their guests) like to break bread. For instance, two-thirds proved to be adventurous types saying that they wouldn't mind trying out new recipes each time (though they should probably stick to at least an entree and dessert, since only five percent of respondents say they'd be happy forgoing dessert).

But perhaps the most compelling of Pyrex's survey results is what guests say they notice when eating at someone else's home -- how nice their serving dishes are. Second and third? Whether their cutlery matched and how messy the dinner surroundings were. And falling into fourth place on what turned off dinner party guests the most: cold food.

Here's what else was on guests' lists of dinner-party gripes:

  1. The host being stressed and not relaxing with guests (44%)
  2. Feeding the family pet under the table (39%)
  3. When the host constantly hovers around the table and not eating with guests (32%)
  4. Plates being cleared away before all guests have finished eating (31%)
  5. Organizing games or entertainment and forcing everyone to get involved (25%)

Check out more from Pyrex's dinner party survey at Pyrex.com.

H/T: House To Home

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