I just turned 50, and my wife asked me what I wanted to do for it. So (tongue-in-cheek) I suggested a local steakhouse. She took me seriously and said "WHAT? We'll have 15 family members coming! I can't afford to take us all out to eat there!!!" Then after a moment she saw me grin ans realized I was being flippant.
"So..." she said, "You want to BBQ for your birthday?" My grin was enough answer. We planned a "simple" BBQ menu: pork butt, smoked chuck roast, BBQ beans, cornbread (two kinds actually), roasted potatoes, smokie sausages (appetizers), corn, salad stuff.
But the weather decided to mess with us. A rain front would be moving in, but the day kept changing... maybe my b-day would be clear, maybe not, maybe windy, etc. I do not have a covered area to smoke/grill, and I do not have an EZ Canopy, either. Rain would shut me down.
So we tweaked the menu. I posted a question here about storing pork in the fridge (THANKS!!!! for the answers!) and gave up on the chuck roast. Not a perfect solution since two of our kids really don't like pork. But we moved forward with the queue.