No one eats for free.
August 4, 2014 9:45 AM Subscribe
We host a lot of younger people who invite themselves over for dinner and then do not help clean up. I'm not mad or anything, but I am going to start politely asking them to help with dishes. I'd also like to commission a sign that says something along the lines of, "Guests are loved and welcome, and clean dishes are very appreciated." I need ideas.
We host a LOT. I love to make food for my friends, and do so most often for our younger cohort of 20-somethings who have recently moved to NYC and subsist off ramen and cheap beer. Most of them have started inviting themselves over at this point, which is fine, because I don't want them to die of scurvy.
However, I think that by the time you're inviting yourself over for free food, you gotta pull your weight.* For most of these kids, it just doesn't occur to them to help with dishes. I've started telling them up front that they will be expected to help clean up. I want a framed print to hang over the stove that has a clever encapsulation of this expectation. Any ideas?
*No, I do not expect guests at a dinner party or formal occasion to help with dishes, and no, I am not just hoping the sign will do all of the communication - I will outright tell all friends this is my new policy. The policy will only be enforced on guests who invite themselves over and request their favorite dish which happens to be a complicated Julia Child recipe that requires every pan in my kitchen, etc etc.