Don’t want to make it sound as tho the wife and I are social butterflies, needing to pick and choose among our many options for filling our crowded social calendar. But wondered what you thought about how to decline repeated dinner invites from someone you’s prefer to remain friendly with.
My wife and kids are in an organization that includes this woman and her son. They get along just fine within that organization and its activities. But she has been asking us over to dinner and we don’t want to accept. Thoughts on how to decline yet keep a positive relation in their organization activities?
Bottomline, none of us likes her husband, and none of us really like the wife and son outside of my family’s shared interest with them. Add in that we don’t care for her cooking. We went to their place for dinner once, and had them over in return, and over the summer went to a pool/water park with them. So we’ve given it a chance.
I don’t actively dislike these people, but I’d rather stay home and read a book or do any number of other things (or nothing) than socialize with them. So how do you politely communicate to someone that you don’t want more of a relationship with them than a certain level?
(The woman doesn’t seem very adept at getting a hint of the “Gee, we’re really busy the next couple of months” sort.)