In all the party planning articles, books, and blogs I never find the real nitty-gritty... how do you serve a big family dinner? It is so much work to rent/borrow tables for a holiday meal, but we usually do it. We have even tented our patio and moved in heaters, but I am ready to try something easier and would welcome ideas. Last year we were still washing dishes two days after Christmas and I do not want a repeat of that experience. Time for plastic or just one glass one plate?
I have a pretty big dining room, but my table maximum is 12, maybe 14, with no room for a buffet. We have tried the buffet on the kitchen table and eaten in the dining room, but this year we will have about 20 for Christmas dinner. I could put a small table in the living room, but we don't have any kids to exile, just 12 young marrieds who want to see each other and us 6-8 parents who don't want to be stuck alone. Option 2 is to serve buffet in the dining room and eat at a small table and on laps in the living room. Never done that... does it work well?
The menu isn't cast in stone but I like to have prime rib roast, and can "simplify" with a potato casserole, salad, and veg. Anyone ever eaten prime rib on your lap? Is it a mess?