Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
I'm serving 8 at my house next weekend. My dinner table only seats 4 so 4 people will be eating off the coffee table - so, things that you can serve in the kitchen and that people can eat easily, like out of bowls, tend to work better. I've got someone coming that doesn't generally eat pork, and someone coming that doesn't eat seafood. I'd also like something where I can do a lot of the work that afternoon so I'm able to hang out with everyone - so something that I can stick in the oven that cooks for a while, or that you prep in advance and then comes together quickly, would be ideal.
I don't want to go too simple too because I don't have some of these folks over too often, but I also don't want the dinner to get too out of hand $ wise.