1. Congrats! Glad it went well and you all had a good time. And the weather, it was such a nice CA week
LOL. I bet you got some ribbing, but sounds like it worked. Good looking meals all around.
Was there much wheeling and dealing on slots? I could see trades being made as a bit of fun.
My family get-together meals are often a case of low level chaos. We're all sharing a house in Nor Cal in February (my niece is getting married). I might suggest allocating main meals to a couple of us each day to see how it flies...I know I'd volunteer to team up with my other niece who'll be there. She's a chef, so knows how to run a kitchen and I'm fine with "chop these fine, turn the mushrooms, taste the sauce to see if it's OK, did we uncork the wine?" etc.