At one time I had a service of dinnerware and flatware for 16. Now I have a firm service for 10. Where did the missing flatware go? Did they take up with the solo socks? Has my dishwasher taken up with the dryer and it is an appliance conspiracy?
I know some dishes have broken along the years. Yes that time I was giving a plate full of food to a family member to bring to some one seated at the table and it was a bad pass off, and a messy cleanup. Then there was the time some other family member cut lemons with a huge knife and force on a dessert plate. Of course there was that incident when a soup bowl and dinner plate slipped out of the dishwasher onto the floor.
I started with a service of 16 realizing that not all dishes last forever. In fact my pattern has been discontinued. All these mishaps account for my being able to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 10 only. Some one wants to bring a friend; they better bring their own dishes!
Now where are all my forks and tablespoons? I think some went for a potluck and never came home. I am not accusing but let’s just say I use camping flatware for potlucks. It’s not pretty but it serves and if it doesn’t come home it is not missed until the next camping trip or ever.
The dining room table seats 8 comfortably. We don’t have to bring in any extra chairs or the put some one on the piano bench. This is my new limit to entertain. More people than 8 will have to be seated at the children’s table with paper dishes.
I know I can’t be alone with this problem. Have you found your missing dishes or silverware? What do you do when you have more people than service ware?