I finally feel like I can breath again. The dinner for 18 is over. I had to clean the house, decorate two trees and the alcove above the stairs and make the food.
For the meal I set up a salad bar and had everyone make their own salad. The entree was three soups, again served buffet style. There was a Chicken Tortilla soup, Beef stew with carrots, peas and rutabaga, and a Corn and potato chowder. For dessert I made a "Lava cake" where you make individual chocolate cakes in a large muffin tin, cut out a bit in the middle and fill it with hot fudge. It is then warmed in the microwave and served with ice cream. All my guests wanted to bring food but I told them no thanks, so they all brought wine. So a good time was had by all !!! I did have a helper for four hours. She has come for several parties and says she enjoys it. The alternative would be to be a home milking cows.