Great ways to say no to an invitation

Have you ever been invited somewhere that you don’t really want to go, with someone you’d prefer not to go with? It’s perfectly acceptable to decline an invitation, but it can be awkward if someone you are not that into asks you out. You probably want to refuse the invitation without being too unkind.

If you are looking for a fun way to say no, where the person gets the hint and doesn’t invite you anywhere again without being too offended try one of our humorous comebacks. If you are lucky maybe they won’t invite you again in the future.

11 Best comebacks to turn down an invitation

1. That sounds really fun, but I am going to be busy not doing that

2. No, I’m staying home to work on my cottage cheese sculpture.

3. Sorry, I’m busy. I’m teaching my ferret to yodel.

4. Sorry, I can’t today. My sister’s friend’s fish died and yes, it was tragic.

5. The voices in my head are telling me to say no.

6. I appreciate your invitation but I think I’ll have to miss this one.

7. Thanks for the invite but I have other plans that day.

8. I appreciate being included, but I am going to have to pass.

9. I am sorry that I am unable to attend.

10. I really wish I could, but I committed to another engagement.

11. I always appreciate being asked, but I have to decline your offer.


When someone says no to an invitation, it’s vital to be understanding and polite. This keeps our relationships on track and shows we care about their wants and limits.

1. Busy Schedule

Sometimes, people might already have essential things going on or plans that they can’t change.

2. Personal Preferences

Sometimes, people might say “no thanks” to an invitation if the event doesn’t match their interests or if they’re just not into that kind of thing.

3. Social Anxiety

Sometimes, people might say no to invites because they feel anxious or scared about being in social situations.

4. Health or Well-Being

When someone isn’t feeling their best, needs some rest, or is dealing with a medical condition, they might decide to stay home instead of attending an event.

5. Money Matters

Going to fun events or activities can cost money for travel, tickets, or eating out. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford these expenses.

Everyone has their own story and motivations behind the choices they make.

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Even famous people say “no” to invitations sometimes. And a few of the cases were big news. Check out these examples of famous people who said “no” to invitations and opportunities:

1. Barack Obama, the former US president, had to decline a few invitations to speak at events and participate in various activities due to scheduling.

2. J.D. Salinger: The mysterious author said “no” to interviews and parties, even after becoming famous with his book “The Catcher in the Rye.”

3. Greta Garbo, the legendary actress, was known for her iconic line, “I want to be alone,” when she declined invitations for public appearances and interviews.  

4. Bob Dylan: The famous singer and songwriter often refuses to accept awards.
Even the 2016 gathering for the Nobel Prize in Literature, which is a big deal, couldn’t get him to come.

5. Stanley Kubrick: The legendary filmmaker was known for keeping to himself and politely declining interviews and public events.

When making choices, our personal beliefs, values, artistic integrity, and preferences can all be fundamental. They can change our decisions and make them unique to us. While some people grab the spotlight by saying no, others prefer to decline invitations without causing a fuss.

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When you are dealing with a person who turns down an invitation and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.

Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home. 

Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.

Got any comments, questions or tips for turning down an invitation? Share them in the comments below.

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  1. Please-be a grownup and just say no. You don’t need to give a reason-just saying no is enough. Being sarcastic and trying to joke around isn’t nice-better to be truthful.

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