Sorry for the delayed update
Time got away from me. The party went ahead as planned. It was quite well attended and some people traveled quite a distance. It was nice.
FIL did not end up picking up the bar tab. Despite the info being to all those invited that everything was covered it was a cash "bar". I did get the vibe from some that there were confused by the last minute change (I think it was a change FIL made actually when he arrived at the restaruant). No one complained. I mean how do you complain about something like that?
So that left the food to be covered. The sit down dinner that was the plan all along apparently the day before turned into a buffet dinner consisting of the following: wings, salad and garlic bread. When items ran out they were not replenished. Apparently only so much food was paid for and then that was that.
From what I gather the magnitude and cost of what he was originally planning hit FIL about a week before the event and hence all the drastic changes to the original plan and I'm thinking verbal and email invitations to everyone.
DH and I almost wished he had asked for money in a way
. It was still nice to see everyone but I'm not sure if the level of hosting was up to par with what had been somewhat promised during the initial planning. I'm not even sure if everyone got food
In fact dh and I ended up ordering some food on our own for the kids and paying for it out of pocket as they are not really fans of wings. Hey our choice.
So there it is.....