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I am finding that it is tough to have extended family over for holidays and cook a decent meal for everyone. I'm talking just 6 extra people. I've grown accustomed to just cooking for two.

Would it be rude to say that we will just be having dessert instead of a big meal?


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Old 06-08-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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You’re much nicer than I am—I tell people I don’t cook anymore.
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Not rude to reconsider how holidays are structured. Especially not rude to talk about it now so that everyone can figure out their plans in advance. What would be rude is to wait until just before the holiday to bring it up.
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Not rude at all
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putting together a big meal for holidays is a great deal of work. It also gets expensive.

You could purchase a catered mea to serve. This costs more but saves you most of the work.

You could all go out to eat.

You could order a smoked turkey or ham and just make the sides.

You could furnish the turkey or ham that you bought and have everyone bring a side dish to add to the meal.


Or like you said you could just serve dessert.

If everyone lives fairly close by you could have a progressive dinner. Appetizers at one home. Salad or soup at the next. Main dish at the next and dessert and coffee at the last.

The holiday should be fun for everyone including you.
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:21 PM
 
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I kinda like the idea that a family (extended or not) get together is just that. A time to get together. Could you consider sharing the cooking the day of? Either at your house or at theirs and they bring it along? Or get part of it take-out and the rest could choose what they want to bring off a list of some sort? The most important thing is to enjoy yourselves together.

I still seem to cook for 4-6 and then repurpose leftovers. Whittling it down to two is still a stretch for me.


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I think it sounds great!

What about asking people to bring an appetizer? Everyone loves appetizers and desserts.
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I would get a honey baked ham and tell everyone to bring a side dish or dessert. BYOB and I would have water and pop available.

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Honey Baked Hams are delicious
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and you serve at room temperature. It is always delicious and no oven prep is wonderful!
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Because of dietary differences, we find it hard to do a dinner these days. We have moved toward a family game night, with a variety of appetizers or desserts. Everyone brings something. Those with dietary issues bring something they can eat.

It isn't necessary to have these gatherings at traditional meal times either. How about an early afternoon gathering with croquet or volleyball? Or a "crafternoon" with some fun craft?

We are more likely these days to have babies and small children, who can't be expected to sit at a table and have conversation for more than a short time. So an activity centered gathering is better for them as well.
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:30 PM
 
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If you feel obliged to have a full meal I love an oven meal that Rachel Ray does with a meat, a potato, onion, veggies, a ear of corn wrapped in foil and baked. Easy serve easy clean up!


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Old 06-11-2019, 04:14 AM
 
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These are nice ideas. I always struggle with this around the holidays. DH's families have small kids and I will suggest the appetizers and desserts!
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