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Guests Will Not Leave, What To Say

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

Can you give me some advice on how to get visitors to leave? I enjoy company, but some folks overstay their welcome. What is the delicate way to get them to leave?

I have acted very tired and even faked a yawn, and that has worked for some. But, there is one couple in particular that I cannot seem to get rid of. They are a lot of fun, but tiring.


Gauche guests

Dear Gauche guests,

You can take it as a compliment that they enjoy your company so much that they do not wish to leave. However, there are limits to your hospitality.

There are several nice statements that should convey to your guests that it is time for them to go.

Always stand up as you politely say one of the following:

1. Well, it's been a lovely evening, thanks so much for coming.

2. I can't believe how time has passed so quickly. We must do this again soon.

3. It's so late, and I know that you must be tired. Let's call it a night, but let's do this again very soon.

Stay standing; the guests should hopefully start getting up as well. Then, start walking them to the door.

If the guests still do not take the hint, then they are being rude. In this case, you should not feel guilty about making stronger statements to get them to leave such as:

1. Sorry, but it is very late, and we really must ask everyone to gather their belongings.

2. Sorry, but we must get up early tomorrow morning, so we hope folks don't mind heading out now.