I'm glad your party went well and all the trouble makers stayed home.
Here's a different approach to the girl that invites herself places. I HATE when people talk about an event I'm NOT invited too right in front of me. Make their plans, go on and on about it and I'm sitting there like an idiot while they talk about doing stuff without me. I think that's rude.
If I am going somewhere where my friends are not invited, I sure don't talk about it in detail in front of them. I may mention that I have plans on that particular day and leave it at that. I have 2 very good friends that go on a short cruise just about every year. They have NEVER invited me along, but yet talk about it, make their plans in front of me, etc. The 3 of us have been close friends for a long, long time and we did do a lot of stuff together when I lived in Florida. They keep talking about how the 3 of us need to do a girls weekend now that we've all moved,but yet every year they plan this cruise and never invite me and then talk about it to me. I am NOT going to say: Hey, I want to come because obviously if they wanted me along, they'd have asked by now.
Nilesgirl: I know a few people like that. They are fine in small does. My mom used to say that people like that are like fruitcake: "a little goes a LONG way"
Miss Kitty, I was going to say I was amazed at these "friends" of yours, but I've been in a similar situation. When we had moved to North Port and didn't really know anyone, we met the parents of a girl my daughter was friendly with in school. They wanted to get together, so we said sure. They came by the house and then proceeded to go on and on about their church. It was a planned prosthelizing mission and they didn't talk about anything else.
We were polite, but firm that we were very happy where we were and we got them out in a hurry. My husband was PISSED. Needless to say, we didnt' invite them over again and they never talked to us again either. Just as well. I don't want friends that ONLY want to be my friend because they score points by getting me in their church.