And also - do you still even call it "coming round for drinks" anymore? Is that some 70s throwback I've dragged up from Abigail's Party?
Basically what I want to happen is for a group of 20+ people to come and have drinks and snacks and then leave after a couple of hours. Will have to be evening - how do I phrase all this? I've done "parties", I've done "coming round for a meal" - I've never done something in between. Can anyone rescue me?
They're sort of colleagues and I'm sort of the boss (a voluntary thing and sorry, I'm being deliberately vague). Some I know well and like a lot, some I know well and actively dislike, some I don't really know. Anyway, I'm leaving and I want/have to do a "goodbye and thanks" thing. But I just don't want hours of it .
I could get the DCs to start a small fire somewhere maybe?
Chub: When I was younger I always used to think that meant 'carriages will be sent to collect you at x'. Took me ages to realise that it actually means 'piss off into your own carriages at x and get out of my hair'.
Yes, I was going to say, don't do this in your house, because people won't leave when you want them to. Book a local cafe / room in pub and organise drinks and snacks. Then you can leave when you want to without making people feel they're being thrown out.
Lots of trendy bars will do exclusive use during the week for a minimum bar spend. This is the way forward! Also, if it's a school night you will get fewer people hanging around til the bitter end. And you can leave whenever you like.
No, it's more flash than drinks at home if you get a nice venue. Doesn't have to be 'meet me in the pub with all the old soaks and I'll buy you a pint' - you can make it all lahvely and everything, and it needn't cost much at all.
I don't think it would be considered "cba" - it might be easier for them to meet at a central pub rather than go out to your house, and in terms of thanking them, you could put on a free supper/put cash behind the bar for drinks or whatever.
Actually thinking about it, last time dh moved locations but in the same company, he invited everyone to the social club and paid for snacks & drinks and it went down well.