Q. What is the best way to cancel a cocktail party I was giving for a friend? Invitations have gone out, and just this weekend my friend broke off her engagement. What is the appropriate way to notify guests without having to explain her circumstances? Thank you in advance for your help.
A. But for your information, you may simply call the guests and tell them that the party is cancelled because the engagement was broken off. If they inquire as to the details, you may be polite and tactful, but clearly say that the details are your friend’s personal matter which you do not feel comfortable discussing.