So I talked to my mom and told her "Listen, we usually eat dinner closer to 7 PM, so what would make more sense to me is to move the get together up to 2:30 and we can go somewhere for lunch, like Cute Little Cafe."
Mom: Ok...well, I was hoping to do something a little more, I don't know, upscale?" (except she veto'd the "upscale" places I mentioned last time we talked in favor of Buffet O'Salt or National Chain Restaurant That is Also Salty
) I know Aunt and Uncle's eating schedule is a little...unusual but I guess I was still hoping we could go to dinner.
Me: Well, if we go to a dinner place I"m just going to order lunch food like a salad anyhow, so why not just go to Cute Little Cafe where I can get lunch food and they can get whatever they want? We could also go to HomeTown Diner, I actually haven't eaten at a diner in forever because there's only one in MyCity, so that would be fun for me as well. (Note: cute little cafe serves dinner entrees in addition to more lunch-y fare like salads, sandwiches, etc., and HomeTown Diner is a place I KNOW aunt and uncle eat at regularly).
Mom: Ok....I guess we can go to one of those.
Me: Sounds great!
She sounded VERY hesitant but the main thing is that she agreed with minimal fuss. I really don't know what idea of this dinner my mother has in her head. I feel like she is conflating in her head the kinds of meals we have when she comes (alone) to MyCity, which has several upscale places where we've dined, and the kinds of meals we typically have when accommodating Aunt and Uncle.