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How do I (politely) shut down a dinner party at my house?

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How do I (politely) shut down a dinner party at my house?

ladooShoppe | Mar 5, 2012 06:34 AM

We had some (old and new) friends over for dinner on the weekend. Since some people showed up late and we were all having a great time, we ended up serving dessert at around midnight, thinking that people would leave around 1 or 2am. My husband waved the white flag and went to bed around 1:30.

The wine was flowing, we were all chatting and having a great time and the next thing I knew it was 4am! By that time I had cleaned up the entire kitchen and put away dishes from the dishwasher.

Since some of the friends were new friends, I did not feel right about asking them to leave.

What's the polite way of asking people to leave your house?

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