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How do I narrow down my guest list? (Read 4888 times)
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How do I narrow down my guest list?
Apr 09th, 2005, 5:44pm
 
I'm planning on having an open house graduation party at my house, but let's just say that the guest list is looooong.  We're talking about 75-95 people (dependent on who actually comes.  I.e., I may invite all four members of the Doe family, but only two may come to the party).  Of the above 75-95 people, I have a "core group" of 32-36 who would definitely come unless they were deathly ill (my absolute bestest friends!), along with a remaining 43-60 people who might come, but I honestly wouldn't expect more than two-thirds or so.

What do I do about this huge guest list?  Everyone on the list would appreciate being invited and knows me quite well (none of my parents' friends here that I don't know!), but the size of my house isn't endless.  At any given moment, we can accommodate ~20 people sitting down indoors.  Outside is an option (maybe we can borrow some easy-ups from neighbors for shade -- the weather should be reasonable).

Would you suggest
a)  ...slashing my guest list and only inviting the "core group" and very few others?
or
b)  ...having a long, drawn out open house (like from 1-6 in the afternoon) so we wouldn't have masses of people at the house all at once (people could just drop in at their leisure and leave when they felt like it)?

Thanks!!!
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Re: How do I narrow down my guest list?
Reply #1 - Apr 9th, 2005, 7:29pm
 
That's great that you have so many friends and family to invite!
May I suggest this:
Send an invitation to half of the people on your list that says drop by between 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., and another invitation to the rest of the people on your list
that says 4 p.m.-6p.m.  That way not everyone comes at once! Also, you'll have time to restock the food and beverages.
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