We are going to a buffet place for TG dinner this year - it will be about $12 per person for all you can eat. We will not have to pitch in for clean up but we won't have any leftovers either.
After lunch we will watch football then join the other lunatics for some shopping. It's well worth the $50 I will spend to feed my kids & grandkids and not have the wee ones running amok too long in my house or have to be stressed over cooking/arranging the meal.
I used to host our entire family, sometimes around 25 people. I cooked the turkey, dressing, couple of pies, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs and iced tea - everyone else contributed other side dishes and pies. No joke one year we had more pies/cakes then attendees. It's overachieving at it's finest and it's expensive, it also required a deep cleaning of my house and then a major mess afterwards (even if other's helped with the dishes). Dividing & storing leftovers, cleanup of spillage and trash, it's just more work.
Nah, I'm good with the buffet! There's no way I would throw down $30 a head for a meal I could buy across town for half that. I don't mind pitching in $30 to a general fund but $30 each - not happening.