I don't think I was the only one who, during last night's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episode, was in awe of Yolanda and David Foster's home. I would literally eat a box of hair to live in that breathtaking mansion. The open feel; the indoor/outdoor living concept; the infinity pool. Heaven. And I also don't think I'm the only one who was impressed with Yolanda's "hostessing" skills. Save for the fact that she had a team of 20 and didn't have to cook a single morsel of food, she really did pull together a nice party. Not sure she should be "Martha Stewart's daughter," as she said, but props to her for snipping her own flowers and sprinkling their petals like so on the table.
One dinner party etiquette Yolanda and her husband may want to brush up on, though, is not forcing their guests to sit around and watch them play piano and sing. If they wanted to go to a concert, the Hollywood Bowl is around the corner.
Of course many people would kill to sit around and drink wine and listen to the vocal stylings of some guy from American Idol, along with the trumpeting of Chris Botti, but it was the way Yolanda and David (more so David) went about the whole thing. I thought Taylor's behavior was incredibly annoying last night, but she's right: They're not making an album.
In case you didn't pick up on it, the Fosters are in looooooove with themselves. They love their lives; they love toasting to each other's awesomeness; and they love telling story after story after story about themselves. But dude. That's not cool. You can have the most gorgeous home in Southern California (which they very well may), and the most delicious food in the world. But if you don't make your guests feel welcome -- and, well, you're obnoxious -- your dinner parties are going to pretty much suck.
The best dinner parties I've ever been to are because of the company. I couldn't tell you what I ate, but I do remember laughing with friends 'til way past our bedtimes. And no one person dominated the conversation.
Not sure if Yolanda and David are overly concerned with their guests' feelings, as that party last night seemed to be more about them than anyone else, but if they are, here's a little tip: Give other people a chance to talk.
What do you think makes a good dinner party? What did you think of the Fosters' behavior last night?
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