Without going into lots of detail, MIL invited DH and I to go to a nice restaurant (that I don't care much for) with MIL, her husband, and DH's aunt and uncle who are visiting from overseas in a few days. We accepted, expecting to pay for ourselves. After we say yes, she puts us on the spot in front of the relatives, saying that DH and I will be treating!
DH is okay with paying, but I am not. (I work full time and DH is a full time student FWIW) Since I can't say no to MIL on this, I'm thinking of playing her game, so to speak. I want to call her and let her know that since I'm hosting this dinner, I would like to invite my parents as well (they want to meet DH's extended family and were sad that no invitation was extended by MIL, who they are friendly with). In addition, I will change the restaurant choice to a less expensive one, though still nice.
In my mind, she's volun-telling me to host, and as a hostess, I should be able to decide what that entails (the restaurant and guests). If she insists on what she wants, she can pay for that. It's not my job to foot her bill. Am I okay with this idea?