Ed and I are hosting Easter this weekend for our families. This will be the first time my parents meet his (sadly Dad, Judy and Bubba will not be with us), and we are in the throes of Guest Preparations. We bought a case of wine yesterday so I’m pretty sure things will go well.
Aside from the procurement of booze, we found ourselves shopping for table linens because apparently this is what grown ups do when having other grown ups – our parents and Ed’s sister, aka For Realsies Grown Ups – over for a holiday gathering. Here is where we were unsure as to the proper protocol in the Land of Tablecloths and Napkins.
Are we supposed to buy stuff that matches the general decor of the house/dining area, even though it wouldn’t be classified as Easter-ish or Springy? However, it will get a lot of use since it, you know, looks nice and complements what’s goin’ on already. OR, do we purchase special Easter/Spring/pastel linens because That’s What Is Done and just roll with the fact that this stuff will sit untouched in a closet for much of the year? The third option, of course, is that it doesn’t matter either way because people just want good food and top shelf hooch* and Ed and I deserve each other because who else would put up with a couple of dorks who worry about this shit?
We did choose a course of action after much discussion, but I’m curious as to what you refined arbiters of class and taste have to say.
On a related note, do you remember when I wrote about my drunken shenanigans and wasn’t, like, totes lame? Yeah, me too.
*Trick question! My mom does care – A LOT – about tablescapes and home decor and will waste no time in pointing out flaws. And here you thought this was a pleasant family gathering. Suckers!