It wouldn't be a party without someone overstaying their welcome. Here's how to help them get the hint.


Anyone who has ever thrown a party knows that there's always at least one guest who just doesn't get the hint—the couple that somehow manages to hang around long after they've worn out their welcome. It's a particularly delicate situation. You don't want to offend anyone, but you also want to crawl into bed. Luckily, there is a right way to get your holiday guests to leave before you're forced to put your pajamas on in front of them.

Hostess extraordinaire, noted blazer enthusiast, and co-host of The Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry, recently offered a few tips on encouraging your guests to leave at an appropriate time.

"Some people love people to stay on and on… but if you feel that you want to end the evening, you can give them a hint by gently starting to clear things away," Berry said in a recent interview with British news outlet, iNews. "My husband has been known to draw the curtains."

In a pinch, a comment like, "‘Gosh, you've got to go to work tomorrow morning!' or ‘shall we find you a cab number?'" often do the trick. And if that doesn't work, there is always, "Do you think you're going to stay? If so, we'll open another bottle of wine?"

Finally, if the stragglers are really close friends or family, Berry says it's totally fine to fess up and announce: "Ok, time's up!"