QUOTE(Jaymes @ Mar 20 2005, 09:16 AM)
.... My dinner parties are usually very casual affairs. There's always booze. The atmosphere is relaxed. I certainly have no 'staff' to help me by rushing in to clear the table and begin the cleanup. And I'm such a procrastinator that I put it off until the last possible moment. For one thing, I hate to break the mellow mood. So we invariably linger at the table laughing and talking and polishing off the wine or beer or Sangria or whatever we're having. The last of the fish is usually picked off, quite languidly and casually, by the fingers of the people that happen to be sitting in front of the platter.
Rereading this thread, I just picked up on this comment. Defines entertaining for me. Thanks, Jaymes, for reminding us what it's all about.