Q. How do you handle an embarrassing situation where someone mentions a party you have invited them to in front of others who are not being invited?
A. Wow. That is embarrassing. The best you can do is smile and change the subject. If you sense a certain follow-up coolness from the others, you will have to mention at another time that you were very embarrassed to have your get-together mentioned, that you were sorry you couldn’t include everyone, but hope to get together with them, soon. Hopefully they can be adult about the situation and not be nursing hurt feelings so it can all just pass by and not be mentioned by either you or them.