On July 2 at 7 in the evening, I decided that we were going to have a family dinner at my house for Miles' 3rd birthday. I called everyone and quickly planned a menu. I washed all our dishes and cooked and cleaned the entire house. I was ready- or so I thought. We have 10 dinner plates, 6 salad plates, and 16 bowls. All of this is from dishes being dropped and broken, etc. I never even thought about getting John to pick up paper plates. When did I think of it? Um when I barely had enough plates for everyone and when it came time for cake we had to break out the bowls. Epic fail on my part. Overall though the party was great. And the new kitchen is great for setting up a buffet. I knew that we were going to run out of seating because I still haven't bought stools for the bar or the island. But hey, kids can sit on the floor no problem. Always expect the unexpected and if you decide the night before to have 16 people come to your house for dinner- send someone after paper plates.