You know what it is like, its your FIL's 70th birthday, he wants a small family dinner, and you offer to host it in the knowledge that there will be 6 kids and 8 adults and that you can quite happily (ie in a mostly stress free manner) deal with it. You can cater for that much food in your kitchen, you can supply that amount of plates, cutlery and glassware, hell you can even stretch a bit to do something a little special.
And then, you know what it is like when you get a phone call from someone suggesting that maybe we should also invite X, and then Y, and then ... what the heck invite the whole alphabet, Joc won't mind!
And before you know it the small family dinner you are hosting is a full on surprise party.
So as of last night that is where I am at. All of FIL's siblings and their partners will also be attending, which adds another 10 people, so a sit down dinner is out, we just dont have enough chairs, and we will take it buffet style. Also need to get some more wine glasses.
So the more the merrier... just have to remember to breathe, and let go of my perfectionism, who cares if the cutlery doesn't match? ;-)