if I have provided nuts and nibbles, two main courses, a vegetarian option, four sorts of salad, baked potatoes, garlic bread, two desserts, mince pies, cake, Christmas cookies, cheese and biscuits and home made sweets, believe me, there will be enough food.
... and then your guest admit to going out to eat afterwards?? that sounds somewhat ungrateful considering that's a full meal you're serving, not just canapés
We'll start eating that maybe around two or three. It is never finished, there are always leftovers, so if they want to go around again at six, there's plenty and I have no problem. Last two years, they've said, at seven or so, that we should all go over to their hotel for dinner. I physically cannot eat two meals of three or four courses in one day. If I've eaten that in the early afternoon, I might want one small sandwich at about nine, but they will go out and eat another three full courses. DH has told them that this year we're not doing it, on the grounds that if we do, then as well as the designated driver from the visitors, one of us has to go without a glass of wine, and that they are welcome to stay all day, and we'll feed them again if they want.
So now I have to plan and serve a second meal and I still
think that's the better option. I'll just not eat it myself. But it will need to be different
, not just more of the same, or they won't see that they've had the correct number of meals in the day. Personally, I wouldn't be bothered about that, but they're DH's relatives, and he would, so that one isn't
a hill to die on. No, the hill is that once that food hits the table, that glass of wine has my name on it, and I will not be leaving my house again today, thank you.
One of the visitors complains that she's overweight. I can't imagine why. /cattishness