Crappy Dinner Party – What Is It & How to Host One

Crappy Dinner Party – What Is It & How to Host One

Hello friends!  Are you back in school now?  I am and it’s a love/hate relationship.  I do miss my free time, but I do love the kids I teach and the ladies I work with.  Still, if I could live on perpetual summer break, I think I would. 🙂  Anyway, with the start of school our schedules change and our time is not as free and easy.  Entertaining gets really hard to pull off.  At least until…the crappy dinner party.  So, does a crappy dinner party sound like something you would want to go to?  Maybe not, based on its name; however, read on and maybe I can convince you.

How to host a Crappy Dinner Party.

I first heard of a Crappy Dinner Party from my friend and neighbor.  It sounded like an awesome idea to me.  I quickly wanted to give it a try.  Then, lucky me, she invited me over for a crappy dinner. ha ha!  It sounds like an insult, but let me explain.

How to host a crappy dinner party.

The Crappy Dinner Party is a way for us to entertain and nurture those important friendships without adding to our already stressful lives.  I mean, do we really have time to do formal entertaining while working full-time, raising kids, and playing chauffeur for kids activities?  I know I don’t ~ even though I really do love it.  Well, enter the Crappy Dinner Party.  


There are five rules to hosting this dinner.

  1. You may not clean your house in preparation  of friends coming over.  They are there to see you.  If you’re the guest, you’re not allowed to judge the host’s house – in whatever state you find it in.
  2. You may not make a special trip to the grocery store for dinner.  You need to use the things you typically have on hand.  This is not the dinner to impress guests with your mad cooking skills.
  3. You must wear whatever you have on.  No dressing up.  For this party, you are allowed to be cozy and comfortable.  Leave the heels at home.
  4. No hostess gifts allowed.  However, you should always feel free to bring wine to share.  At least if you’re coming to my house. 🙂
  5. Do not schedule weeks in advance.  These are meant to be impromptu get togethers – as if your friends just stopped by and you invited them to stay for dinner.

Seems simple, right?  If you’re anything like me, then the hardest part is actually following the rules.  It’s difficult to keep the priority on what is most important.  It’s the friendships and the time you spend together that really matter.  Still, if you’re coming to my house, I’m probably going to have to give the house a quick once over.  I do live in a house of men after all.


How to host a crappy dinner party.

I really want to start hosting a crappy dinner on a regular basis.  That’s my goal for this school year.  In order to make this even easier, I have a couple more ideas of how to make this even easier to pull off.  Ready?

  1.  Embrace the one pot meal.   I know, casseroles may be your favorite, but there are plenty of other options for one pot meals.  They are easy to throw together too.
  2. Cheap wine.   Everyone likes cheap one ~ especially after they’ve had a glass or two, right?  No need to spend the big bucks on expensive wines.  Again, it’s the company that’s important.
  3. Use paper plates.  No one wants a big clean-up, right?  Well, no one will be offended by the use of paper plates either.  Save your good stuff for a “real” dinner party.  Crappy Dinner Party is supposed to be EASY.


Want to know more about Crappy Dinner Parties?  Here are a few resources.

15 Easy Recipes for Your Next Crappy Dinner Party

All-Ages Dinner Party Playlist: Plus a Bonus Dance Party Mix!

Hygge Hosting: 9 Tips for Throwing a Cozy “Crappy Dinner Party”

Okay, so there you have it.  My simple plan for getting together with friends more often.  Anyone else want to give it a try?  Have you ever heard of this?  Have you ever been to one?  I would love to hear what you think of this idea in the comments below.  Oh! And please sign up for my email list here so that you never miss a post.

Until next time~





  1. Love the idea! Will try it on my family first (they already love me)

  2. Found this on Imparting Grace link party! Love this – who knew I’d been hosting crappy parties all along. Seriously cute idea.

  3. I like this idea and if it incorporates wine I’m in. I need to ask around if anyone has heard of this.

  4. Jenny, this is just what I need! Lately I’ve been lamenting how I’ve fallen out of the habit of having people over for dinner. I’m just not up to doing it the way I used to, but I could give a Crappy Dinner Party!

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      Yes, absolutely. It totally takes the pressure off ~ if you stick to the rules. Let me know how it goes.

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      Ha! Well, I’m so glad I could bring a smile to your day. Since you love the idea, now you have to do it. 🙂

  5. This is such a great concept, Jenny! I really enjoyed reading your post and have featured it at the Hearth and Soul Link Party this week. It made me smile, but I also think it’s important as people often get so stressed about entertaining they decide not to do it. A crappy dinner party is a great way to keep the whole atmosphere relaxed and lead to lots more fun. Thank you for sharing. Hope to ‘see’ you at Hearth and Soul again this week!

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      Thanks so much April! I appreciate the feature. I love the concept as well. 🙂 I hosted a crappy dinner just two nights ago. It was kind of thrown together last minute, but we sure did have fun. 🙂

  6. What a fun idea! I love it! Sharing on Fb & Twitter! 
Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

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      Thank you Kim! I appreciate you sharing this. It is a fun and EASY idea. 🙂 Wish I could claim it as mine.

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      Agreed. Plus, if you do it really last minute then you don’t even have time to stress about it. 🙂

  7. HAHAHA!!!! I love this…..the best dinner party I have heard of. Anything where I can stay in my yoga pants all day…yes I am in on this plan:) However, we just had impromptu visitors last weekend where a few friends were too cold at the pool and someone had the bright idea of moving the party to our backyard with the fire-pit. I thought that would be fun until people started coming inside to use the bathrooms. AHH! I was embarassed to say the least. 3 messy kids….and impromptu bathroom visits? I cringed everytime someone said they needed to go. So I agree that a once over especially in the guest bathroom is in order….just to keep yourself in a relaxed state of course. ha! GREAT post! Pinning this one.

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      Yay! SO glad you like it! You’ll have to try it. However, I’m in total agreement about the bathroom. With a house of boys, it’s a must for me!

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      Thank you so much for the mention in your awesome article. The info. your provided was great. I hope you’ll visit again soon.

  8. Had me giggling. My mates are used t that though when they come over. However the paper plates is a great way to go just that one step further. Brilliant. #TwinkyTuesday

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      Glad I could make you laugh today! I have hosted one. It’s hard to let go of trying to make it perfect—but way more fun!

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