I finally feel like I know my neighbors well enough and my housekeeping has improved enough (It only took 13 years!) to have some sort of holiday gathering.
My main problem is lack of space. My house is a pretty standard 60s era split level and the main space for guests is a living/dining L-shaped room that is none too big. It connects to our kitchen, but the 3 rooms don’t make a circle, just a dead end in the kitchen.
There is a lower level TV room that is small because we walled off the lion’s share of it to create an office for my husband/guest room.
When I start trying to create a guest list I come up with about 70 people! I really can’t imagine more than 20 fitting and that’s only if no one is claustrophobic. Because it’s a neighborhood party I hate the idea of inviting some people I know and not others since there is the possibility of noticing a party that you were not invited to. Plus, I’d like to use it as an opportunity to get to know some people I’m only slightly acquainted with.
Options I can see:
1)Invite everybody and let the chips fall where they may
2)Invite my favorites and let the chips fall where they may
3)Have more than one gathering
4)Wait till spring when everyone can spill out into the yard.
What do you experienced hosts and hostesses say?