hosting an open house
I've volunteered to host an open house for DH's family. The most I've entertained is about 12 people - all close family members.
I'm guessing there will be about 30 people, ages range from about 13 years to about 85 years old. Thanks to the most recent Sunset magazine, I think I have a viable menu, but there's a lot they don't address. Even though it's an open house, I'm thinking it would make sense to rent 3-4 round tables that seat 6-8, and put them in the family room so there's a place to sit and chat. (My family room currently seats 6, though it's a large room - just filled with big furniture.) I'm also thinking that I should just rent all the serving pieces, plates, glasses, etc. DH is inclined to buy everything so we have it for future events. I'm worried about storage - we don't have a lot of it - and the cost.
I've been reading threads of entertaining 75+... how do you do it?
Your advice and experience would be very much appreciated.