It used to be that when I had people over for lunch or dinner, I would cook everything (maybe have one or two premade appetizers), but def. cook the entrees and sides. Lately I’ve noticed that on those rare occasions I have guests, I would make one or two side dishes from scratch but would serve ready-made entrees (e.g. ribs, roasts, fish) and appetizers from the stores (Trader Joe's, Sprouts). I just feel like I have more energy to enjoy the company when I don’t have to slave over the stove. However, it got me wondering how the guests would perceive the short-cuts. If you were invited to someone’s place for a meal, would you be disappointed if everything wasn't homemade?