We had a full and crazy house for Thanksgiving. In addition to our visiting family (Adam and Jennie + 4 kids from Boston, Jonathan and DeAnn + 4 kids from Milwuakee, and Aunt Alexia from D.C.), Christian invited his co-worker and family--an extra 4. More than the added people, the real difficulty was that they were vegetarian. We really didn't realize just how much meat and meat products go into Thanksgiving! Whe knew that Jell-o wasn't Veg? We had to make two kinds of stuffing, two kinds of sweet potato caserole (marshmellows aren't veg), and we had to make a grocery-store run early in the morning when we realized mousse (for chocolate mousse pie) wasn't veg (and neither is pumpking pie). Then, of course, it turned that they aren't strict vegetarians and don't mind egg in things....so only the sweet potato pie and jell-o wouldn't have worked. They brought some indian dishes--basmati rice, chick peas, and some spinach thing that Christian loved. Really good food. The best thing about having company over is that we actually behaved better--we cleaned house, showered, and had a calmer dinner that if it had just been family. Next time, we think we'll do Thanksgiving a little differently...like mac and cheese for the kids and we'll eat after all the kids are in bed...we might even go for Papa Murphy's rather than all the fuss of turkey and trimmings...we'll see.
Here's the tabel set-up--we were so glad we actually had room in our kitchen to seat so many people (do you like the High School Musical and Transformers table cloths? That's how I decorate!).