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Party Foul: Not Enough Utensils

I recently attended a small potluck dinner at a girlfriend's house. Seven of us were in attendance, yet only four forks could be found in the kitchen!

I didn't say anything when I helped serve the Champagne in a martini glass, a beer mug, and a mix of random wine glasses. I didn't say anything when we sat down to eat and had to share chairs. However, it was really hard NOT to say anything when there wasn't enough silverware, especially when five people live there! How could they only have four forks?

If you are going to invite people into your house for a meal, be prepared to serve them properly. Being in college or having just graduated is no excuse. If you lack enough silverware purchase plastic utensils, ask to borrow from a friend, or serve a finger food menu!

Have you ever been in a similar situation? What would you do if there wasn't enough silverware?


cryssyn cryssyn 8 years
I actually had this problem last Christmas. I'd recently moved into my new apartment and my former roommate was the one who had the silverware. I decided to host an "Orphan's Christmas" for friends who had no other family in the area and was planning for what we'd need and realized that we only had 2 forks in the apartment (3 people, but one is Taiwanese and the other Japanese), although we had tons of chopsticks. So, off to Target for a set of silverware the day before Christmas!
I can not believe that someone would let this happen, especially if they planned the party themselves. If this did happen I would go looking for chopsticks, but it sound like this type of person may not even have those.
Ericased Ericased 9 years
I feel for the girl who didn't have enough utensils. She's probably just really busy with work and super social do she didn't have time to properly prepare. Throw her a freakin bone!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Utensils are key. Always make sure you have some extra!
meko01 meko01 9 years
When I first met my Bf we went to his friends house for dinner and drink and they only had two of everything. Just enough for the two of them. I thought is was so funny.
lynda-LNKitchen lynda-LNKitchen 9 years
if you have a stash of chopsticks leftover from deliveries, you might want to take a pile over to her house! you can eat a lot of stuff with chopsticks, not just asian food...
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
yea that's really not cool. i'm all for the mismatched stuff at times because i know that not all people are fortunate enough to have an over abundance of matching glasses (i do but not everyone does) but not enough silverware? come on - go out and buy plastic ware if necessary!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Yep I have totally done this. Except for me it was we only had about 5 CLEAN forks. Or I'll need to wash a plate or something. I just walked around the house looking for an extra fork to wash. Also, before dinner parties I'd have to ask my roomate to bring down all of his dirty dishes, he'd come down the stairs with about 8 glassses! I don't think this is about money, just about preparation. Probably was the last thing the person though about while they are trying to clean the house, make the food, etc. Maybe this is also why you should set the table beforehand?
verily verily 9 years
It seems absurd to me to not have more forks than people at all times. 5 people, 4 forks? It sounds like she forgot to do the dishes or someone ran off with a few (work, bedroom). I'm single and have an 8-person set of silverware. I hate doing the dishes. ;)
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
Believe it or not my mom had this problem until last year (when I made her buy a new set of silverware). My sisters would either throw them out accidentally or when they took lunch to work they never brought them back. Children (mind you they are 20 and 22.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
run to the store and buy more forks, plastic ones if you have to
LaPerla2 LaPerla2 9 years
Absurd and cruel! How can you not have forks? HUGE oversight - and the no water thing is awful! Look, I was a poor college grad and now, I'm a poor, unemployed, mother/artist. ANd I NEVER FORCE MY GUESTS TO EAT WITH THEIR FINGERS - there's a thing called "friends"..."hey friend, can I borrow some forks for this event?" and then there's a thing called "parents or sisters or boyfriend" or theres FREECYCLE (get stuff for free) or goodwill stores (10 cents or less per utensil) or YOU CAN "TAKE" FROM THE PLASTIC FORKS AT THE MALL FOOD COURT..I mean really.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I can see how that would be sort of bohemian and cool, like "let's just go with the flow people!" But if it's a nice dinner party, I would assume it would be nice to have things that matched and have enough of those things to pass around to everyone. If all else fails and you don't want to splurge on another set of nice silverware...paper plates and plastic utensils are cheap! lol my bf and i are going to have to do that when we host a casual dinner party at the end of the month.
aembry396 aembry396 9 years
Okay, I was hosting a bigger dinner party for new years. I have a full set of silverware but even with that I realized I was low on knives (not sure how) I asked a friend who was coming to bring so of her own. I was not shy about asking people to bring a few extra chairs or plates (this was a much larger party than I anticipated!) Point being: if you have friends enough to have a party for them....then you have friends enough to let you borrow a fork or two.
Katharine Katharine 9 years
Okay forks are a basic requirement. Like I wouldn't expect people to drink from the bottle. If I didn't have enough plastic would work. How bizarre.
Advah Advah 9 years
I love the picture! :D We had that issue last year - a friend was sharing his flat with just another person, and when we had dinners with around 10-12 people he'd ask us if we could bring a few plates and utensils. However I don't understand how you can be 5 people and only have 4 forks!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Party, let me know where they are. I will buy them a set.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
I always have about 5 extra utensils ready whenever I have a dinner party. very important! :P
will205 will205 9 years
i had a friend of mine who lived in a house where they only had two forks to be accounted for - two! there were four of them in the house and the lack of forks was blamed on the fact that everyone ate on the go and just had to have a fork. this made for many a meal eaten with spoons, like steak :-(
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
wanna bet the hostess put them somewhere "safe" so no one would use them before the guests arrived?
Fashion Fashion 9 years
Those hand models are great ;) xo.
brittj8585 brittj8585 9 years
you can buy forks for a dollar at wal mart or the dollar store. you get four to a pack, I think. they are not the best quality, but they work. And I am just trying to figure out how you can survive with only four forks in your house. seems like a lot of dishwashing or a lot of eating out would take place for that to work.
haute77 haute77 9 years
I agree with you Party. That is so weird and it is NO excuse, especially if they knew it would be a potluck. Maybe they thought since it was a potluck it was also the responsibility of the guest to BYOU. (Bring your own utensil!) hahahah
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
fuzzles, that is a great party idea. So much fun... Well, I can't say it would be all that fun if I had to eat spaghetti with a whisk, but... it's a cute idea.
Marci Marci 9 years
I'm with DreaAST; How do you not have enough utensils? It seems such a basic requirement!
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