On the Economics of Entertaining

Hmm. Given that two people brought bottles of wine to what I'd planned as a strictly soda-and-paper-plates level affair, it appears I wound up turning a profit on the dinner party. Or would have, if I regularly ran through bottles of wine, that is. I should note that enriching my wine countertop (as opposed to a wine cellar; I live in an apartment, keep in mind) by relying on my guests' generoisty wasn't really the point, and I should have been perhaps more clear that it wasn't that sort of an event. I really really don't want to be at the bringing-bottles-of-wine-to-dinner-parties stage of life yet; I'm prefer to remain in the phase where I bring the grog to make sure my former students get good and blotto at their 21st birthday parties.