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Should you charge for Christmas Dinner?

By December 08, 2017 ,

Table set for Christmas dinner including plate, biscuits, wine glasses, baubles and pine cones.

Last week, I was watching an episode of This Morning where they were interviewing a lady who hosts Christmas dinner every year and charges her adult guests £30 for the privilege. Her reasoning for this was that in previous years she'd been let down by a number of guests and the food she had bought had gone to waste, the following year she asked her guests to bring a dish each, but found many forgot. She stated that she puts on a full spread with drinks each year and that her guests are more than happy to pay the £30 fee she charges - which has increased from £10 in previous years.

So, should you charge your guests for Christmas dinner?

Personally, I never would. If I'm inviting people to our house for dinner than I expect to swallow the cost of providing food and drink. It's a lovely touch if guests offer to help out by bringing something with them and I would most probably take them up on the offer, however I wouldn't expect it of them.

I've hosted Christmas dinner the previous two years and my parents have purchased the meat. I did not expect this of them, but by them doing this it definitely helped out.

How much should you charge?

We all know that eating out on Christmas day is an expensive affair. In 2015, the average cost for a family of five (two adults, a teen and two children) eating out on Christmas day was £340! Eateries make a lot of money out of us on the biggest day of the year, but they have increased costs on Christmas day too, such as paying their staff extra wages as an incentive for working it as many employees wouldn't want to be away from their families on Christmas day, especially not for standard pay!

I feel that £30 that this lady charges is a little steep, especially when the guests are her friends and family! While I don't agree with charging guests, I think the £10 price tag that she originally charged was much more reasonable, if charging is how she wishes to proceed.

What do you think of charging guests for Christmas dinner? Would you do it? Or have you ever been charged by someone who invited you over for Christmas dinner?


Burnished Chaos

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16 comments

  1. I wouldn't charge but we take it in turns each year. I think if you are always the host and people don't chip in in other ways then yes go ahead and ask for something towards it #blogstravaganza

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  2. I don't think I could ever bring myself to charge. I think as long as you rotate hosting, everyone gets hit hard on their turn to host. If you're stuck constantly hosting, I like to make it a potluck so everyone can spend some money and take some time making a dish. It's no fair to always force it upon one person. Great post!
    #blogstravaganza

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    1. That sounds fair to me. Thanks for commenting :)

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  3. I don't think I would charge but if the family are happy to pay, each to their own. From what I could gather from the story is she buys everything drinks included which must really add up. x

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    1. That's what I recall her saying too. Thanks for commenting :)

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  4. I would never charge as it's our family who come over for Xmas and they often host us throughout the year, it all evens out #blogstravaganza

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    1. That's a very good point! Thanks for commenting :)

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  5. I think things even out when you see people a lot. If things are tight it's nice to work together but charging a set fee seems a little extreme. Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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  6. I also saw this item on this morning, we all contribute to Christmas dinner, someone supplies the main, someone else the desert and we all help with preparation and washing up#familyfun@_karendennis

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  7. They're my family and I don't believe in charging family for anything. I host every year and have done so for the past 10 years. I'm happy to do it because it is about so much more than who does what. It's about family. We get together this one time a year. Why would I charge them? That makes absolutely no sense to me. To be fair though, One family member always brings the wine while another always brings a vegetable and another always brings dessert. I still make my own veggies and dessert but then at the end of it, I don't have to do the dishes. My family does the dishes for me because I did all the cooking and hosting. Maybe that is the difference with the lady's family and friends. As long as someone else is willing to do the clean up, I will keep hosting for as long as they want me to but I will never charge them. #FamilyFunLinky

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    1. I completely agree with you and I love that you all seem to help each other out and that you don't have to do the washing up :)

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  8. I could never charge family for dinner. If you don’t want the expense, don’t invite everyone in the first place, or take it in turns hosting. When we have both sets of parents over one set are in charge of bringing chocolates and biscuits and the other cheese and crackers. That will see us through the evening. The dinner itself and all the drink is paid for by us, although they usually bring a few bottles of something too. I can understand how it can get very expensive, from what I understand she even provides a gift for everyone. But perhaps she could just tone it down then it wouldn’t cost so much. Or ask everyone to bring a bottle or two as it’s the alcohol that adds to the cost. Each to their own of course, but I could never do it.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I couldn't charge them either but it does seem to work for her and her family. Sounds like you have a great family who all pitch in :)

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