declining a dinner invitation from someone who has hurt me and acts like nothing happened

by Sally Smith
(Geneseo, NY)

My husband and I have recently been hurt by a group that we used to be social with. They have all acted as if nothing has happened and we have dropped out of the group but now they have invited us to dinner at one of their houses and we want to decline but not sure how to say it. They all know they have hurt us by not inviting us 2 years in a row on a trip and we expressed our hurt to them last year. They apologized but did it again this year so we are done!

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Sally
You are free to decline, of course. The bigger question is why is this occurring? Why are you still communicating with people you feel mistreat you? Why do you want to attend this dinner, which you clearly do or you would not have asked the question.

It is appropriate to thank the hosts for the invitation but you will not be joining them for dinner. Perhaps that is the best answer.

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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