“B.Y.O.” IS IN STYLE
If you know the larder is low, guests may enjoy the party even more if you say, “I’d love to have you come over — please bring your own…” Pot-luck suppers are the “in” solution to little-time, no-help parties, and a bottle may be the easiest thing for no-cook guests to bring.
If a number of guests are sharing in the party plan, it doesn’t hurt to share some hints as to type of food or drink, so that there is good variety for all. “Would you rather bring a casserole or a dessert? I’ll make the other.” Or, “We have Seagram’s V.O., and Mary is bringing a bottle of Myer’s Rum. Would it be easy for you to bring Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin, so we can try that Red Baron you like so much — orWolfschmidt Vodka? If not, don’t give it a second thought. Just bring you.” Give your guests a choice, not a chore.
To quote Seagram’s-enthusiast Henry Ford: “They can bring anything they like, as long as it’s Seagram’s!”