I'm reasonably new to town and am interested in making friends. Also, I work at a very large corporation where I interact daily with dozens of people.
Not long ago I had a party. I invited a number of coworkers. For the sake of keeping my guest list manageable and not making any exclusionary choices, I extended invitations, outside of work, to the six people whose cubes adjoin mine. Social ease through geometry! Most of them were unable to make it due to a scheduling conflict I probably should've forseen, and only one coworker came to the party. Since then, I've re-invited a second coworker from the original guest list to fill out a dinner party. Now I'm a little concerned: do I have some kind of obligation to systematically reinvite my original invitees? Or am I within bounds to invite only the people I like best to future social events?
My party was quite fabulous and the one person who made it keeps mentioning the quality of the food, music, etc and people have expressed interest coming to future parties.