I have a strict policy. When you come to my house for dinner…
You will not be allowed to do the dishes. At all.
General help with clearing plates from the table, getting ready for the next course is okay.
If you try to rinse, scrub or fill up the dishwasher, I will shoo you away and order you back to the fun. I will also not be found in my kitchen doing the dishes during a get-to-together either.
I invited you over to see you, laugh and talk…the dishes CAN WAIT until later. I also think it makes people feel like the evening is over when the dishes are being done. As a result, I let the plates sit. I don’t care how crusty they become.
I also have no problem helping someone with the dishes at their home if they want to get them done. It’s their house and I play by their rules.
This is just my rule and I’m sticking to it.
Remnants of a Friday night soiree. Sorry for the weird lighting but it was after 2:00 AM when I decided to snap these photos. One load made it to the dishwasher and the rest survived until morning. No plates, bowls or cups were harmed while awaiting their turn in the hot water.