How To: Politely Get Guests To Leave

How To: Politely Get Guests To Leave

Beth Zeigler
Nov 21, 2008

112108party-01.jpgWe've all been there before--hosting a party and for one reason or another, strangers are the only ones left. Or worse, our friends keep starting new conversations (even though they know we have a 7am wake up call) but are still partying like it's New Year's Eve. Don't get us wrong, we're pretty sure we've overstayed our welcome a few times. And with Thanksgiving occurring next week and holiday parties just around the corner, we thought we'd give you a few tips to try out on any lingering guests...

While sometimes we'd like to say, "Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry", we've come up with a few ways on how to politely get guests to leave.

  • Put an end time on the invitation. That way, guests know ahead of time there is a curfew that needs to be followed.
  • Increase the lighting. It always seemed to work at every restaurant we ever worked at--it's a subtle signal that will hopefully let your guests know it's time for bed.
  • Starting to clean up. We don't mean get out the broom and mop (not so subtle) but gathering dishes and throwing away the trash are some hints guests will pick up on.
  • As you're noticing the evening is winding down, politely ask how your guests are getting home. You might have noticed that someone has had a little much to drink and you could simply try and coordinate rides home.
  • And if all else fails, bring out family photos, home movies (we're pretty sure any remaining attendees will happily be on their way).

    What are some ways you politely get guests to leave? Or are you pretty upfront and don't mind saying it's time for bed?

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