I gave up trying to arrange everyone in the dining room. The kitchen/family room is best--we can fit up to twelve for sure!
The water pitcher always reminds me to pour water when things get hectic!
Mom's china resides in my dining room cabinet since she doesn't host big dinners anymore. She enjoys it when I use her lovely plates for a holiday meal.
Here's hoping you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner as well and are enjoying the blessings of the season!