I am feeling nauseous as I write this. Family is coming into town soon and there is pressure for DH and I to host a BBQ.
The guest list will be about 23 people total. What sickens me is the number of PD inlaws in the group that will be attending. We hosted just under 20 people at our old home 2 years ago...and we pulled it off nicely -- luckily some of the really bad PD inlaws were not able to attend.
Since then, we have moved and that included downsizing. I do not have the same outdoor space anymore and there is no way that I am allowing anyone to sit and eat on my furniture other than the dining room table...we really need to keep everyone outside.
It seems unfair to corner us like this! That being said, I know if we host we will do the best job. But at the end of the day, we have to clean up and if we are tired it is not like we can leave our own party -- even though it will be a potluck.
My home is my haven from these people. I just don't want them in my house snooping around!
The more I think about it the sicker I feel...DH is mostly on the same page as me. Other family members in the area that have the capacity to host are coming up with lame excuses...it would be nice to take turns. Since our home is new to some family members, they have not seen it yet -- and at this point they really don't deserve to be even invited to set foot in it.
What should I do?