Big dinners: family style or buffet line?
I have always served dinners like Thanksgiving from a line. Even if I have to have a separate folding table for the food. Children's plates are assembled first, then the elders in the group, then everyone else, cook is last. The table is set formally and looks nice.
Here's my pet peeve.... We'll have T'giving at the home of the DIL's brother. Big newer house, huge kitchen island, breakfast table, dining room large enough for the 18-20 people (well, extend table into the LR) who usually attend. She serves "family style". OK, we will have a couple of platters of the meat, a couple of gravy boats., one for each end of the table Everything else gets passed around. My end of the table doesn't even see a bunch of dishes. Clumsy. You eat staring at food. It's easier to overeat if it's sitting right in front of you.
Well, you can tell which side of the table I'm favoring in this discussion. How about you?