I asked my mother if I could have a small gathering at my house for my friend's birthday. After some pushing, this is what she decided:

To: Me
From: My Mother

we're happy to do it for you.
it would make me happy if you put (and kept) all your clothes away and everything else that's lying around the floor. (and opened up some windows in there and allowed some light to enter. that way you'd get rid of any vampires hanging around.)
we'll be back late afternoon but then we'll go somewhere tonight so you kids can socialize and get to know each other. (charades is always a good ice-breaker). when we come home for the night it probably won't be very late (like prob 11, 11:30) but we'll just scurry to our room and stay out of your way.
have fun!
love you,