People Craft– taking care of yourself

When entertaining, I use tricky ways to boot out guests who stay too long.  I’ve learned the hard way not to feel resentful.  A problem with lingering guests happens most often at our neighborhood block parties. Our street has two a year (a winter holiday party and a summer barbecue.  Four houses host the moving stations: appetizers, salad, main dish, and dessert, which is the problem location.  During the holidays, I had it easy because another couple hosted dessert.  At their house, one woman, drunk on red wine, sloshed it over their off-white carpet.  They told me they’re not going to host one of the food stations ever again!  On our invitation we said the block party ended at 9 p.m.  After dessert and spiked cappuccino was served, we left.  Otherwise I would have pitched in with my trickery.  Using a series of subtle hints, I would have let everyone know that party is winding down.    “I’ve loved having everybody and can’t wait to do this again soon,” works wonders.  Try opening the coat closet, flick on the hallway light, and say, “hope you can find your jacket.”  Walk around with a wastebasket to collect paper plates and plastic ware.  Most people will start to leave.  For the stubborn ones, I will say, “I have an early morning, but if you’d like, invite people to your house.”



4 thoughts on “People Craft– taking care of yourself

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, Rob, our boys and I left about 8:30, but T. told me about the carpet spills. Janessa grabbed a bottle of sparkling water and literally walked around the “wine dribbler” with a rag to wipe it up. Janessa’s husband took the wine glass from the woman’s hand and told her she was spilling wine. Sorry to say, the damage was done.

  2. Janessa Breckenridge

    I did the right thing to keep the carpet wet while blotting like crazy. Reba ran down to her house for hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. She combined equal parts liquid detergent or soap and hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. The problem was that there were many red wine drips we didn’t see that dried. Oh, the horror.

  3. Reba Studebaker

    The sad part was that Tina and Tim had brand new carpet installed just after Thanksgiving. Their kids are older now, and they thought it was time.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey, Mary Alice, Janessa, and Reba– we all heard and feel awful. Poor Tina– she tossed and turned all night. She’s such a sweetheart. While we were there, she saved many awkward-silence moments. Their house looked so perfect and festive.

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