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post #31 of 40
We do lots of family gatherings with 30+ people. Meals are on a mishmash of mixed plates for us 'old' folks and the younger set get dollar store basket trays with paper plates. Some of the plates we use are pretty old, as is some of the silverware. The last gathering was 50 odd, and we ate in shifts, with a paper plate on these little flat baskets. Worked great.

so, use what you have, don't worry about looks and top up with disposable for the rest - or disposable for the younger ones. Don't go buy more as it will just sit there anyway.
post #32 of 40
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But I still want to get rid of those dishes I hate so much (I just think they're ugly and don't go) eventually and replace them with ones that are a bit nicer. I still don't know how he convinced me to go with dishes that were brown and black, yeck!!!!
Hmm, hint around to those closest to you that can afford it that you want new dishes for Christmas and what styles you like?

Making lists always helps me straighten things out and remove some stress. Maybe talk to your mother and see if she has more tips for you since she does this every year?
post #33 of 40
You are not crazy. Unless I am too? Large holiday gatherings with food and family are the highlights of many family holidays and provide stories for years to come...
It is nice to belong to a family and to cook for and be together with family on the holidays.
I have a huge family and it isn't a holiday without get-to-gethers with lots of relatives and lots of yummy food.
Don't worry too much about the dishes matching unless you are running a spread in a food or better homes magazine my friend
Keep it simple, good food, family and friends = all you basically need for this
post #34 of 40
just out of curiosity... how long have you been married for? I wouldn't let anyone who may have bought you those plates you chose for your wedding know you hate them! If the wedding was a fair while ago, then they would have forgotten, but if it was in the last few years, I'd keep the plates for a while longer!

Edit to add: Yeesh just googled for pictures of the table setting you hate... Man that's ugly! I agree. Take those plates out and smash them. Just don't tell any wedding guests!
post #35 of 40
After becoming First Lady, Nancy Reagan ordered White House china, because she wanted everything to match when entertaining very large groups. There was a lot of criticism of the expense, and it was stressed that even Queen Elizabeth II used a number of sets when entertaining.
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Approximately a year into her husband's first term, Nancy Reagan explored the idea of ordering new state china service for the White House.[85] A full china service had not been purchased since the Truman administration in the 1940s, as only a partial service was ordered in the Johnson administration.[85] She was quoted as saying, "The White House really badly, badly needs china."[85] Working with Lenox, the primary porcelain manufacturer in America, the first lady chose a design scheme of a red with etched gold band, bordering the scarlet and cream colored ivory plates with a raised presidential seal etched in gold in the center.[85] The full service comprised 4,370 pieces, with 19 pieces per individual set.[85] The service totaled $209,508.[86] Although it was paid for by private donations, some from the private Knapp Foundation, the purchase generated quite a controversy, for it was ordered at a time when the nation was undergoing an economic recession.[87]
post #36 of 40
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just out of curiosity... how long have you been married for? I wouldn't let anyone who may have bought you those plates you chose for your wedding know you hate them! If the wedding was a fair while ago, then they would have forgotten, but if it was in the last few years, I'd keep the plates for a while longer!

Edit to add: Yeesh just googled for pictures of the table setting you hate... Man that's ugly! I agree. Take those plates out and smash them. Just don't tell any wedding guests!
You know, I never thought of that. Our third anniversary is Oct. 14 of this year. However, seeing as everyone who is an immediate family member knows that HE picked them out, there shouldn't be hurt feelings.

All that would be joining us are: my two brothers and their families (11 adults and children total), my parents (2), my grandparents (3), Brandon's parents (2), his grandmother (1), and us (2) = 21.

And yes, I would LOVE to go out back and smash each and every dish, but as much as I want to, I know I shouldn't.
post #37 of 40
Maybe you'll get lucky and some of the family will drop a few plates for you.
post #38 of 40
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Maybe you'll get lucky and some of the family will drop a few plates for you.
There WILL be about 7 kids there....muahahahahahaha!!!
post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
You know, I never thought of that. Our third anniversary is Oct. 14 of this year. However, seeing as everyone who is an immediate family member knows that HE picked them out, there shouldn't be hurt feelings.

All that would be joining us are: my two brothers and their families (11 adults and children total), my parents (2), my grandparents (3), Brandon's parents (2), his grandmother (1), and us (2) = 21.

And yes, I would LOVE to go out back and smash each and every dish, but as much as I want to, I know I shouldn't.
For 3 year old plates that were presents, you should definitely keep them a bit longer I'm sure through natural attrition, they won't last much longer!
post #40 of 40
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I've never know the dishes to change the taste of the food or make me love my relatives any less.
You said it.
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