My wife and I host a huge Halloween party every year and specifically go out of our way to invite folks from both our offices because it’s nice for morale in these crappy economic times, and because people who both of us work with are actually pretty cool.
So today, my boss who is also the CEO (and who plans to show up at the Halloween party) fired my co-worker for poor job performance. The co-worker and I, while friends, have vastly different jobs, so I had no idea this was apparently a long time coming. Anyway, as the co-worker is packing up his office, he tells me he still plans to come to the Halloween party because he and his girlfriend (who is also unemployed now) have been looking forward to it and already have costumes. I didn’t exactly want to uninvite the guy, but considering all the awkwardness this will create, and the fact that large amounts of alcohol will be present, I’m a little concerned at what will happen when my boss and the fired co-worker meet at my house a little less than a month from now. I almost wonder if he plans to attend the party specifically to make my boss feel uncomfortable.
So, what would you do to mitigate this potential shouting match/fistfight/stabbing/shooting?