I have always hosted a large Thanksgiving with 35-50 people with family and folks who had no family down here, Everyone is used to just coming here and I was ok with it and bring who you want. The past few years, people have passed and it has gotten smaller. This year I have 6 confirmed guests and 6 that didn't confirm. In years past I would have cooked enough regardless and hoped that extra people showed. Since I have been unemployed for 1 1/2 years I wanted to make sure that I cooked an ample amount but not over the top in order to economize. I am planning at this point so, I called the undecided folks to see if they're coming. This consists of two singles and one group of four. Turns out I'm the backup plan and none of them will know until the last minute, way past when I'm done shopping. I don't know how to handle this. I mentioned that I have to know but couldn't get an answer. Should I give them a cutoff date to confirm? Or, should I get into the season and welcome all as I have done in the past.