We all love to host. We love having friends and family over but there's a certain point in the night when you are ready for your guests to go home.
So, how do you tell them? How do you kindly signal that it's time to leave? Here are 6 ways to end the party.
3 non-verbal ways to tell your guests that it's time to leave
1) Stop serving drinks and start doing your desserts.
This usually signals it's the last course of the evening and it's time to go home.
2) Start cleaning
Begin clearing off the plates from the table, and start doing the dishes, sweeping the floors, and turning off the music and the lights.
3) Hand over the coats
As a last resort, hand them the coats. This will definitely tell your guests that it’s time to go home
If you have a friend that's going to be at the event, ask for them to stand up and announce that they're leaving and that they're going home. This usually hints to your guests as well that it’s time to leave.
Try the below scripts when you are ready to kindly hint and assertively say, it’s time to go home.
3 sample scripts to tell your guests that it's time to leave
1) Gently remind them of your obligations the next day.
"It's been great having you here today. I really enjoyed your company and appreciate that you took the time to come and hang out with me. Unfortunately, I have an obligation to attend tomorrow, so I'm afraid I will have to ask you to leave soon. Is there anything else I can get for you before you head off? Once again, thank you for coming and I hope we can do this again soon."
2) Let them know you appreciate their company but need to wrap up for the evening.
"Hey, thanks again for coming by today. I really appreciate your company, but unfortunately, it's getting close to the end of the night and I need to start wrapping things up. Is there anything else I can help with before you go? Thanks again for coming by, it was great having you here today."
3) Set An Expectation.
When making plans for guests, let them know beforehand what time you expect them to leave.
"I'm free until 10 pm to have you come over."
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