Please help me de-stress about this.
A month ago I sent out invitations for a party that I'm hosting this coming Saturday. BIL & SIL immediately declined due to a pre-arrange dinner party that they had planned on that date. So that meant their 2 DDs +BFs would also not be attending (meaning 6 people.)
I told the DDs that they could go ahead and invite a couple of extra friends. The guest list (23 people) was set by Monday of last week.
My utmost (tight-fit) max for comfortable inside dining is 25 people. This includes the enclosed patio table, dining room table & extends to the living room couches w/coffee & end tables if necessary.
If weather cooperates, we also have seating on the deck and blankets on the lawn.
However. It's suppose to storm all weekend
so other than the grilling, I'm planning on an inside party.
BIL e-mailed me today and said "You know, I was thinking . . . the guests that we invited were Jack & Jill. What about if we all just came to your house? Would that be okay?"
BG: Jack was a HS friend of LDH. I met Jack & Jill maybe 3 times? When MIL last came up from out of state for BIL's DD's HS graduation, she brought up Jack & Jill. SIL chimed in and said "I remember Jack!" endBG
So, Having Jack & Jill here would be really nice for MIL and SIL. Plus! Jack & Jill have a couple of (college-age) kids . . . don't know if they'll be coming or not.
In addition, I only have 25 firm plates/flatware, so I'll have to serve everything on paper/plastic . . .
How would you handle this?