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Why do guests INSIST on bringing a dish?

candinr | Nov 24, 201507:45 PM

We are always the host of friend get togethers. While I wouldn't call these get togethers "dinner parties", they are events where I cook for everyone. I get great joy and satisfaction out of doing so. My question is what do I do about people that INSIST on bringing a dish?? I plan the menu and shop for it. All that I want is for them to have a good time and enjoy themselves. How to I tell someone DO NOT BRING ANYTHING! politely. If you want to cook, host the get together at your house, I would be happy to be a guest and bring something, or not if you wish. I feel like screaming would get my point across but would be highly frowned upon.

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