Worst of all is the room set up or to be more specific-the table set up.
Again, I reiterate that I'm an out of town girl from a laid back, chilled family. We are not fakers, we have nothing to hide (no our TVs are not kept in cupboards or called 'monitors') and pretty much act ourselves. Having said that, I will mention that before a boy comes to pick me up from home my mom still ensures that everything in the house is clean and neat and presentable.
Going back to the whole 'set up' I'm reminded back to my early dating days, some of which were having a boy pick me up from New York. I remember my sister in law baking away, putting out tiered trays of goodies, setting out her Shabbos cutlery and folding the napkins all fancy. I thought all that effort was pointless-after all the guy is gonna only be in the home for a couple of minutes-he's not gonna sit down and eat 2 trays of rugelach, came, cookies and an entire fruit bowl. After the first few guys came to pick me up from her home I think she agreed. Imagine how much food would've gone to waste by now!
Point being there's a way to be presentable and kind without having to overdo the whole set up thing. It's a house, people live in it. There are families with kids in it, food being cooked, a baby crying, a phone ringing. These are normal everyday things I just don't get why people go so much out of their way to try and cover them up with expensive rentals/food/decor/set up.