We're returning from overseas a month before our first baby is due. We've rented a flat that's an hour train ride from London, where all my friends live. One of my friends (an ex actually) offered to throw a party for our return which I thought was lovely. I did say, oh no, we'll have a house-warming party at our flat anyway and he said, hey, I love having parties, let's do it at my house, it'll be fun. So I said OK, very nice of you. Now I have an email from him suggesting an afternoon bbq/evening part and telling me to go ahead and start inviting people and he'll help me with the salads
I can't be bothered any more and frankly, past resentment of his bossiness is haunting me. But this is a very kind offer, so does anyone have a clever idea about extracting myself without offence?
You have the perfect get-out. A month before your baby is due, you do not want to be flogging into London for a party, so just use the bump as your excuse (maybe compounded by blaming your DP a bit, saying he doesn't want you wearing out etc.) and stay home. Believe me, you'll be using the kids as a get-out for all manner of unappealing events to come. And he can have his own parties whenever he likes.