Are All Parties Potlucks Now?

Is it my friends or does no one actually totally host parties any more? I've been asked to graduation parties, bon voyage parties, retirement parties, Herbert's 95th birthday parties, whatever, and always the guests are expected to bring the food. As in - "we'll provide the entree - please bring a side dish or dessert or appetizer." I understand the "let's have a get-together - I'll bring the potato salad" concept of potluck gatherings, but when I'm hosting a party for a particular reason, I don't expect anyone to bring anything -- and that includes Thanksgiving. Is there anyone else who feels the new definition of host is the person who opens the front door and that's all?


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