Host with most wants these guests least


Dear Amy: My husband and I have lived in our neighborhood for about 10 years. We’re friendly and neighborly.

One house has always been a “trouble” house. Loud arguments are heard, the SWAT team showed up to arrest an adult son (yikes), neighbors accuse the kids of stealing tools from their shed, and recently police were there again, with reports of gunshots fired.

Last summer, we hosted a backyard party and set up a bar in our basement.

The mother from that house came by, uninvited.

Not wanting to be rude, we welcomed her. She then brought in her son and his girlfriend, who ensconced themselves at our bar.

They all seemed friendly enough, but when the guests were leaving, they asked to stay. I said: “Last call.” They wanted to stay longer, offered to help clean up, tour the house, use the bathroom (they live a block away!).

I finally got them to leave by sending them with to-go drinks.

They have already asked me once, in passing, if we will host again (they can see into our yard from their place).

I don’t have a good feeling about them in our home.

Should I host, and if they show up, say “private party.”?

I don’t want to be friends, but we are neighbors. Help!


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