I am hosting my IL's on Christmas Eve day this year (why do I do this to myself?). Reading the thread on here about the brother who interferes in the kitchen made me think of my own situation.
When I host something, I do all the work. I may ask someone to bring snacks- chips, dip etc, but for the main meal and dessert, its all me. I enjoy cooking, and baking and rarely get a chance to make something nice, so I enjoy it. I also do not want anyone in my kitchen while I am doing this. I usually have everything prepared before people come over, so mostly its just setting things out and then cleaning up after. I don't have a dishwasher, unless you count my two little hands, so I wash, dry and put everythin away myself. I don't mind because in all honesty, I would rather hide in the kitchen then deal with my ILs (they really annoy the crap out of me).
However, GMIL can't seem to understand that I like doing things my way when we're in my home and that I do not require any help. The last few times I have hosted, I have had to put up with comments such as "I'll just hand this to you since I KNOW you don't want any help". Honestly, she makes me sound like an evil person because I won't let her help. The last time, she hovered over me while I was washing the dishes and wouldn't take the hint that she was in my way. I've let the comments about my not wanting help slide, but its beginning to drive me nuts and I really want to say something the next time she makes a comment. I've explained to her why I don't want help- I don't feel that you should invite people over and put them to work (IMHO), plus I don't like having to constantly be interrupted to tell someone where something goes, or what needs to be done. Its just easier for me to do.
I don't know if I'm just oversensitive to it because her personality annoys me, but I also don't want to hurt her feelings. Usually, if someone ticks me off or annoys me, I'm pretty direct about it , but GMIL is nice and means well, but I have NO patience for things like this. I am also 4 months pregnant, stressed out because we're so busy at work and I'm on my last nerve.
Actually, I guess this is more of a vent then asking advice, as I know that I need to just bite my tongue and put up with it for a few hours. It really makes me miss MIL though, she was happy to turn over the responsibilty and take a well deserved break now and then.