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How to Deal With a Friend Who Invites Others to Come Along Without Telling You
Explain that the venue can only accommodate the previously agreed upon number of people.Although some restaurants or parties can find a few extra chairs for guests, make it seem as though where you are going cannot accommodate more folks.
- Tell your friend that everyone agreed upon the guest list when you made the reservation. The list was set in stone days or weeks prior and bringing more people is not possible.
- Remind your friend that if you would have known beforehand you could have accommodated more people, however your hands are tied at this point.
- Explain to your friend that if the situation were different and you were going to a house party or the movies, perhaps everyone could join you, however these plans will only allow the previously agreed upon guests.
Ask your friend before making plans if he/she will be bringing others to the venue.Make a preemptive strike by remembering that this pal likes to add a few more people to your gatherings and ask in advance.
- Remind him/her that whenever you get together and/or make plans, the guest list always seems to change. Perhaps your friend isn’t fully aware of his/her behavior. Remind your pal that this is something that has been done in the past and instead of being surprised, you are asking up front if others will be coming along so you can accommodate extras and be prepared.
- If your friend shows up with a few extra party-goers, but told you ahead of time that he/she would not be bringing more people, tell your friend that the extra people are not going to be able to attend and that you asked him/her ahead of time. While this may put you in an awkward position, remind your friend that you did open the door for more guests but he/she said no one else was coming. You did your part, but he/she did not.
- If time permits, ask your friend right before the event if he/she is going to bring an additional person. If you’ve asked days/weeks before and your friend said he/she is flying solo, try one last time immediately before you are meeting or going to the party to provide an extra opportunity for your friend to add a “plus one (or more).”
Tell your friend how his/her behavior impacts the evening.From having to accommodate more people to the simple rudeness of not bothering to tell you, make sure you pal understands how his/her behavior makes the evening awkward.
- If you don’t like the people your friend typically brings, let it be known. Your friend may not realize that you and his/her friend(s) don’t mix well, which may help him/her make a better decision in the future.
- Let your friend know that you wanted to keep the evening or encounter exclusive to the set list of friends. Perhaps it is your birthday and you only wanted to see faces you knew in the crowd instead of strangers that your friend decided to bring along. Try to explain the situation from your perspective in order to get your friend to see the light.
- Make your buddy understand that showing up with extra people puts everyone in an awkward situation. From the party host to the group dynamic, sometimes people would like to know who they are spending the day or evening with instead of being surprised. Plus adding guests at the last minute puts the venue or restaurant in a bad position trying to accommodate extra people on the fly.
Reconsider your friendship if your buddy consistently brings extra people to events without telling you.Perhaps you can overlook one or two times, however if you detect a pattern it may be time to re-think your level of friendship.
- Don't invite your friend ahead of time to events. Instead let him/her know at the very last minute. If your friend can attend, great. If not, at least you don’t have to worry about the entourage.
- Only invite your friends to large parties or events where it won’t matter if he/she brings more people. Avoid an awkward situation where you have to be the one accommodating extra folks and only extend an invite to an event where the number of attendees won’t matter.
- Stop doing things socially with this friend, especially if he/she shows up with people you don’t like. The situation may become more sour if you are constantly confronted with people you do not like. Tell your friend that you see him/her going in a bad direction with the “influence” around him/her and then back away. Hopefully your friend will realize that the group he/she is associating with is bad news and drop them.
QuestionWhat if I am having a birthday party?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it's your birthday party, your guests shouldn't be inviting other people. When inviting people, discreetly say something like "I can't wait! And I've only invited my closest friends!" rr "This is going to be so fun! And I think it's the perfect number of people for my party!" Then they will probably get the message. If they did this multiple times and you are both close feel, free to say Pllease don't invite more people." They will understand.Thanks!
QuestionI had an event at my place and a friend invited a guest. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust tell them that the situation bothered you because she didn't inform you. Tell her that if she wants to invite more people, then she must ask you first.Thanks!
QuestionThe guest honor invited some people we didn't invite. Who should pay for these guests' meals?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt really depends. If you want to extend the meal to the guests of the guest of honor, that would be a warm welcome with no conflict. If you don't feel comfortable about that, communicate that to the guest of honor. "You are the guest of honor and we're happy to pay for your meal, but do you mind if your friends pay for their own meals?" That could be a 'gentle' way to address it. They will get the point.Thanks!
QuestionMy best friend keeps inviting his girlfriend into our plans. What can I do about it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust talk to him! Tell him that you like his girlfriend and it's nothing personal, but sometimes you just want to hang out with him one-on-one. Maybe you guys could arrange to spend time together one day a week just the two of you.Thanks!
QuestionWe have a small group of best friends that get together once a month. We've all known each other for years. The invite says "Get together for the crew" meaning just us, but one of the friends always brings someone with him! What can I Do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf this bothers the others in your crew, you guys can casually let him know that you want to keep your monthly gathering small, with the original crew. If the members of the group are best friends, you should be able to talk about this. Try to keep it casual so as to avoid hurt feelings.Thanks!
QuestionI scheduled lunch with a friend. When I get to the venue I find that he has, unbeknownst to me, invited someone else and they proceed to talk about their common businesses while I sit there.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHonesty is the best policy in this case. Next time you're planning on hanging out with this person, just say, "Could we have lunch just the two of us? Last time when you brought [their name], I felt left out of the conversation." You're perfectly within your rights to request this, it sounds like he was being pretty rude.Thanks!
QuestionI planned a trip 6 months ago to meet a longtime friend for vacation. Today she informed me, "By the way, I've invited one of my friends." I've never met this friend, and I'm very hurt. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAt this point it might be hard for your friend to un-invite whomever she's invited, but that doesn't mean you can't politely express how you feel about her doing that. Let her know that you're disappointed and wish she'd asked you first. It's up to you whether you still go on the trip, but try to remain open. It could still be a very nice time, and you might wind up with a new friend.Thanks!
QuestionI'm having a girl over for a sleepover and she invited someone else without telling me. I know my mom will say no. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you know your mom will say no, then you have to tell your friend she can't bring the other person. If she gets mad, that is on her.Thanks!
QuestionBirthday parties get around and some of my friends (not really friends) get mad at me for not inviting them and come and make my birthday party all about them. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTalk to them about it, say what you feel and if they don't get it, then walk away and keep your head up.Thanks!
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- If your friend brings people who are rude or disruptive, pull your friend aside and ask that he/she leave along with his/her guests immediately.
- If your friend brings extra people, welcome those folks as you would the guests you invited. Chances are, they didn’t know they were crashing and may be embarrassed. Be the graceful host by making them feel welcome and that their presence will only add to the evening.
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