DH and I are having a large party this coming weekend (50+ people). The invitation said "light snacks and drinks." I am getting the following input:
"My H is vegetarian. Make sure at least half your food is vegetarian."
"Are you serving Indian food? Why not? You should."
"Make sure it's Halal."
"My kids have a hard time sitting for that long. Get something to entertain them."
I get the same thing whenever we have people over (and our wedding). When we have a dinner party (as in 8 people), it is usually a homogenous group, so I do serve Indian veg or Halal or non-Desi depending on who's coming. With a large, mixed group, however, I can't possibly cater to each guest. There are of course always veg options.
I want to know if this is a cultural thing to ask/suggest these things? It seems like an imposition to me, but is that just my own cultural bias? Is there a polite response I'm expected to make (i.e. am I supposed to lie and say that sure, half the food will be veg just for your H)? Do people actually expect all these things when they're a guest? Are they trying to "help" me because I'm not Indian?