Much of the response likely depends on who you're entertaining. If it's old friends, the blunt route is easier. But if the new boss is your dinner guest, then you may just have to suffer until they finally make their way out the door. Here are a few other things you can do to gently hurry folks along:
Don't change venues. If you're at the table, stay at the table. People will get restless and may initiate leaving on their own. That said, a suggestion to move to the living room may be just the opportunity for people to decide to leave. You'll have to feel this one out.
Hint. Mention your early appointment for tomorrow morning or that you didn't get much sleep last night. Discreetly (but not too discreetly) muffle a yawn.
Start the Ball Rolling. Sigh a satisfied sounding sigh, place your hands on the table like you're just about to stand up, smile broadly to everyone and say in a friendly tone, "Well!"
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