London: Forget dining out at expensive restaurants, for eating in can actually increase your social status, according to a new study.
A third of people think that hosting a successful dinner party gives a boost to their standing – and they are willing to go to extremes to impress, reports a news daily.
Flowers, new outfits and even new furnishings top the bill for quality entertaining at home.
In the survey, three in four women said that they would rather host a dinner party at home than eat out, with reasons given including control of calorie intake.
However, a sly 11 per cent of 1,000 people quizzed by After Eight chocolates admitted passing off shop food as their own.