My dad has 2-3 martinis a night every night and completely blacks out. He will function like a normal person at night but will not remember a single thing the next day. It's very upsetting for me and my mom and I don't like him drinking.
We were just going to do beer/wine for the rehearsal dinner. My MIL said she would do a full bar so my dad would be comfortable. I told her he can have beer instead and I don't want to have to do a full bar just so my dad could have a martini and then not remember anything the next day. I spoke with my mom about it and she said dad would be fine with beer and didn't expect to drink martinis that night.
MIL has brought it up multiple times over the last few months wanting to accommodate my dad and every time, I have told her no, he will be fine with beer and I don't want him to drink martinis at the rehearsal dinner. He's an alcoholic and I don't want to enable him.
Then 2 days ago she delightfully opened a massive package she had ordered and it was martini glasses and a full bar set for the rehearsal dinner, just so we could have martinis there, so that my dad will be comfortable. I told her flat-out NO, I don't want my dad drinking. She said its important for her to make my dad comfortable. I said NO, he can drink beer and will be FINE. He won't be uncomfortable with beer. I want him to remember the time I spend with him, because so often when I go to visit I will hang out with him for hours in the evening and he won't remember any of it and it's very upsetting to me.
She said she would take back the bar set and the glasses, but I saw her unpacking the glasses the other night. No one here drinks martinis. Maybe she was just looking at the glasses, and won't be using them, but I'm pretty annoyed she went and ordered all that stuff after I have told her multiple times not to serve martinis.