Across Europe, more consumers are chosing to entertain indoors, leaving restaurateurs increasingly up against retailers in battling for a share of consumers' money. Dinner party culture has evolved over the last few years - gatherings have become more frequent and less formal. By 2006 there will not only be more parties and gatherings hosted, but more will be spent on each as consumers increasingly use gatherings at home to show of both their living quarters and their culinary skills. Manufacturers are benefiting from selling premium convenience products to consumers who 'pass off' gourmet prepared food as their own.