Party Hosting Tips: How Do You Keep a Guest List Small?

There's a concept surrounding get-togethers similar to "six degrees of separation" — the "friend of a friend" conundrum. I've had party planning stress — and quite a few times, discouraged myself from even holding a party — because once I sat down to plan my guest list, I got overwhelmed with "if I invite them, I will need to invite them, and if they come, I can't leave her out …" and before I know it, my guest list has exploded. Have you been there? With the holiday party season upon us, I thought I'd reach out to our readers to find out your tips for dealing with the guest list predicament — how do you decide where the cut-off is? What if you want to invite a certain couple or family, but not another, but leaving out the second family would result in hurt feelings? And the flip side — have you ever found yourself not invited to a gathering, when a mutual friend was invited… and how did you feel about that?

Share your tips for keeping a small guest list in the comments below!

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