Sister and family of 6 arriving at my house soon.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sienna76:  yikes, that is a lot of people!!! I think what I would do food-wise would be to buy enough for the first day or so, and then go to the grocery store WITH your sister, saying you don’t really know what the kids need and it will just be easier that way. Then if she offers to split the bill or anything, you can either accept or decline based on whatever makes you feel comfortable. I certainly wouldn’t expect someone hosting me and my giant family to know and buy in advance all the things that I want (WHAT? YOU DON’T HAVE MILK AND BRAN FLAKES? YOU BEAST!), so I’d be happy for the opportunity to do some grocery shopping!

As for the alcohol, I’d say not to worry too much about it. That is, assuming the BF isn’t the kind of guy who would get drunk by himself while the rest of you were sitting around enjoying lemonade. I don’t think you need to change your own behavior just to protect him from himself. That’s not your job. If he starts drinking and getting bad, it’s sort of up to your sister to handle that.

Post # 5
2895 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my husband’s family came for a visit a few months ago. including us, we had 19 people in our house- 9 adults and 10 kids (plus my sister in law’s dog, which threw up on our carpet like 3 times, haha). it was madness! 

we already knew what the everyone liked to eat, so planning the menu wasn’t too hard. i was just worried about having making sure we bought enough to feed everyone.

for dinner we tried to stick with stuff that was easy to make a lot of- spaghetti, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.

for breakfast we stocked up on cereal and frozen waffles. and bought eggs and bacon and other stuff as we needed it.

when we get together we snack a lot (we had chips, dip/salsa, fruit, etc), so we didn’t really plan for  lunch, but if anyone wanted something more substanstial, we always had leftovers from dinner that we could heat up.

and yeah, i’d let your sister be in charge of monitoring her boyfriend’s alcohol intake. 

Post # 7
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

@sienna76it’s funny you said this “I’m glad you don’t think I should remove the alcohol, because I’m going to need it with 4 kids running around LOL.” because as soon as I saw the title of this thread I thought…. has she started drinking yet? Tongue Out Sorry I just know if my Bro & SIL & their 3 kids stayed with me I’d need me a few whiskeys to calm it down lol.


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