Social quandary: How to avoid offending uninvited guests

Though it would be nice to include everyone, it's not always possible — and at this particular dinner party, 10 is a crowd.



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We just moved into a new house and we’re really excited to host our first dinner party for our friends. My husband Steve, the cook, has planned a formal four-course menu. There’s four couples we’re good friends with and though we’d like to have everyone over, our dining table only sits eight people maximum — that’s three couples, plus my husband and I.

Deciding who not to invite was actually pretty easy — our friends Karen and Josh squabble often and when drinks are involved, they usually end up leaving in a fight. It’s uncomfortable for everyone watching the ordeal. But we’re not sure how to avoid inviting them without hurting their feelings. What’s the best way to handle this?

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