You love them. Of course you do. That’s why you invited them in the first place. But…the time has come for your houseguests to get the eff out of town so you can spend some quality time with Family Guy and a six-pack of Bacardi Mojitos (hey -- we're not here to judge). To send your pals (or worse, your in-laws) packing, first try dropping a few hints:
Start cleaning. It provides a sense of closure and might also make them feel slightly uncomfortable.
Ask what time they’re trying to get home by.If the hour they mention is later than you’d like, suggest a time-consuming activity along the way. (“Hey -- you guys should grab a bite at that new place downtown before you go. I hear it’s best to get there before the crowds set in. I’ll write down directions.”)
Mention that you’re out of food and need to run to the grocery store.
This has a triple effect: 1) They think of food. 2) They realize they’ll need to get it elsewhere. 3) They know you have something else you need to do.
Ask if they need help loading their car. And if all else fails:
Get extra kissy-snuggly with your spouse.
Change into your sweats and mention how you’re looking forward to some “me time” tonight.
Play “Closing Time” by Semisonic. Put it on repeat. When they mention it, giggle and say, “I mean, it’s not like we’re trying to kick you out or anything, but…”
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