Once again this year we will be hosting Thanksgiving for the "orphans" in town, those people we know and work with who have no family nearby and who won't be venturing home for the holiday. Last year it got a little crazy with about 24 people. This year we were thankful that it appeared our numbers would be around 10, then others began hearing about our gathering and it started to look like it would get out of control again. So M nipped it in the bud by issuing the following proclamation: Hors d'hoeuvres would be served around 4 for anyone who would like to stop in on their way to other parties, dinner at 6 for those who had already confirmed they would be dinner guests, and 8 for anyone who wanted to come for dessert. Whew!
This year will also be a little bit easier because we won't have to line up 3 tables end-to-end just to seat everyone together. This year I found an amazing table at Salvation Army for $75. It was some sort of hotel remodel or overstock deal where they got about a dozen of these really large tables and sold them all really cheap. The table in its small position seats 6 _very_ comfortably, and when we add the two leaves that came with the table, we can seat 10 _very_ comfortably. It's going to be weird not having to figure out who has to straddle the table legs on all the tables shoved together. ;-)