What to do for the party this year? Guest list issues
First off I am 8 months pregnant and hosting a Christmas party that is going on it's 5th year. It's a White Elephant, dinner and cocktails with heavy dessert party.
Menu done. Help hired. I even have a spreadsheet of decor that can be done by my husband and the helper I hired for the week for decor.
Here is my issue and if you do a search you know this is always my issue with this party.
Who to invite and not to invite this year.
Children: Last year as the one couple left the mother said "Don't worry tons of kids will be here next year." Which meant she will probably bring her very busy bee child this year with them. I don't want to say in plain English "no kids." So here is my wording on the invite, what do you think?
Mark the calendar, book the sitter, shop for a gift and head on over to Pink's house for the 5th annual White Elephant Christmas party.
Then I say in the invite Dinner and Cocktails.
Is this an obnoxious way to word it?
I want to cut the list back this year because I am pregnant. There are a few people that came last year or did not rsvp a few years in a row now. I am so afraid of hurting feelings. But, at the same time this is not the year that I feel like cooking for 25 and only having 15.
Last year there was one couple that showed up and didn't do the gift exchange. Which is not the end of the world but it was kind of awkward for everyone else. So do I just let that be or do I have extra gifts in case this happens again? I worry at the same time that they will never bring a gift down the road if I do that. But, I hate having people excluded. What would you do?
I have to mail these invites today so I am just a little paniced.