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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?
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)?

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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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