Have found the perfect way to ensure lots of socialising goes on within my group of very busy friends. Competition is the key… We have set up a group who is willing to enter a Come Dine With Me competition – basically we have split into couples, each couple invites the others for dinner, then each couple rates the hosts, at the end we go out to a nice restaurant where the winning couple is announced and gets a free meal paid by the rest of us. Just a really good excuse to cook nice food, see your friends more than you usually do, get a “group” mentality going.
I realise that I’m sacrificing or ignoring the “Give” part of the experiment, however I’m planning on some good giving soon – may be volunteering to help some homeless hostels, and raising money and resources for the same, more to follow!
UPDATE: J & N’s CDWM was ridiculous – 7 courses no less, several cocktails and wine and a 7 hour lunch – we have added some new prizes to help everyone else (best salt & pepper pot, best cocktail, most hungover guest, etc…)
UPDATE: Due to the large number of people doing their own Come Dine With Me dinner parties you can now make your own show.