Don't tell your guests they weren't on the top of your invite list.
A great host (or hostess) to makes guests feel welcome at a holiday celebration—even if if you weren't necessarily thrilled they RSVP'd "yes."
For example, on The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon and Amy did a practice run at hosting brunch, Sheldon slipped up and told their guests they were only there to help test-run the morning meal; the real-deal meal would include their better friends.
Needless to say, Sheldon's inconsiderate admission hurt Stuart's feelings and caused palpable tension around the table.
To make things right, though, Sheldon proposed a toast that quickly turned into a doozy drinking fest. At the end of the brunch, Sheldon and Stuart patched up their friendship, and all seemed to be right with the world.
Watch The Big Bang Theory on Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.