Small space, big group. Help!

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Small space, big group. Help!
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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 1:15pm

(I posted this in the holidays board, but thought I would post it here, too.

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Fri, 10-28-2011 - 11:49am
staciowen wrote:

I don't really think the point is WHAT you eat or WHERE you sit, but the fact that the entire family is together.

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Fri, 10-28-2011 - 10:01am

My husband's great grandmother always hosts Thanksgiving at her house... which is in fact, the smallest house of everyone in the family... but that's what she wants. LOL
Her dining room table seats 6 (and there's about 20-25 of us that show)... so some sit in the living room, and then she sets up card tables in the bedrooms for extra seating. Not everyone gets to sit around one table and eat together, but no one seems to mind.

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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 12:48pm

Will every one be expecting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? Or, maybe I should ask - Will they be disappointed if it's not traditional?

I was thinking about this last night and wondering if you could do something totally nontraditional. Instead of a big sit down with the turkey, maybe you could do small plates of things around the kitchen and living room and let people graze? You could always do some of the more typical foods, but in the form of hors d'oeuvres. Not sure how that would be received.

If all else fails you could do the Thanksgiving Turkey Cake? (Kidding, of course!) :smileyvery-happy:

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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 11:52am

I'm in an apartment, with no access to an outdoor space. We do have a long living room and a table that might fit 10 people around it, but I only have 5 actual chairs (the other seats I mentioned are the sofa). I just might have to let people grab a seat wherever, and put all the food on the table like a buffet.

Note to self: buy a darn house!

I'm also going to delegate some of the cooking. I'm a vegetarian and can guarantee a ruined turkey, so I'm hoping someone else volunteers to come over and handle that. I'll do a bunch of side dishes, and maybe a pie. Maybe I'll just buy some pies...

Now, if I can just get my party animal brother-in-law to not be a total pain in the you-know-what at a big family dinner, I'm all set! LOL

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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 6:07pm

Do you have room in the living room for a small table? (You could make it the kids table if there are kids coming.)

My MIL really wanted to host Thanksgiving one year but she had no dining room and her kitchen table only sat four. She rearranged the furniture in her living room and put a long table there, where we all ate. She used her kitchen table as a buffet table. Would something like that work?

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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 2:56pm
Where do you live? Any chance the weather will be nice enough to allow at least some use of the outside? Is the crowd all adults, some kids, or what? Do you guys normally do a huge spread, or something more simple?