I was reading the thread, "Do your friends invite you to dinner?" and as the thread meandered into stories of hosting and being thoughtful guests, I was reminded of a story. We once hosted a dinner party for a group of people. One of the guests had several dietary issues- soy, dairy, gluten, among others. The guest emailed me and said, "Don't worry about me, I probably won't eat." I should have listened-- I went crazy trying to plan and make sure there were plenty of food choices available-- and it's hard to make things truly luscious and delectable for a VERY restrictive diet, at least for those who are omnivores. The night of the dinner party? The guest doesn't show up. No call, no notification until the next day, when there was a voice mail with a feeble excuse.
Anyone else with hosting horror stories? Btw, that guest was not invited back, we host all the time and LOVE doing so, with really no care as to if or when we are reciprocated. I am one of those weird people who would much rather entertain at home than go out.