Getting back on topic for a second, we have a minor dilemma we are discussing regarding this issue. As stated, we have two circles of close friends, one nudist and one non-nudist. We are having a large party to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year. Our nudist friends, who we've been friends with for a shorter amount of time than the textiles, nonetheless have been our friends for 1/2 our married life. The textiles have been our friends for over 35 years.Wanting to invite people that we've been close to more most of our lives is our priority. We actually have family members that we are not inviting because we haven't seen them in decades nor heard from them. Our dilemma is, do we mix the textile friends with the nudist friends? Our girls, sons in law and most of our grandkids know our nudist friends well and would probably want to see them. Will the conversations between them be mature and accepting IF the conversations venture into how we met, where we met and so on. There is a 99% chance that all our textile friends know we are nudists, but these conversations would confirm that if they get into those discussions. I'm fine with it, Di's not sure. I'd actually prefer inviting those nudist friends to Di's sisters but that's another story! hahahaThe decision seems easy enough, invite the nudist friends and let it play out. My feeling is that if they textile friends don't agree, have issue with finally finding out for sure about us, or the liquor flows enough for more ballsy conversation about all of us getting naked, that could jeopardize the relationship with the textile friends. I'm okay with that. If the fact that we are nudists and we have nudist friends bothers them, they weren't good friends anyway, but Di doesn't see it that way.
Although far from an expert on the subject, I would recommend that you invite both circles of friends but assign them to different tables if possible.
I can only speak for myself but I would prefer to keep the peace among all. Thats always easier said than done. How about having two parties instead of one? A good friend of mine had a big wedding party at church to celebrate his 40th ( I think) and everyone enjoyed themselves. Before it got too late, he announced that my wife and I would be hosting a reception at our home for them and please come & enjoy yourselves. I think about half the original group of about 50+ showed up. Basically, the couples inner circle of friends. Could you set up the initial party as textile and the later one as nude? I think the attendees would self segregate and everyone enjoys the evening. I dont know if it would work for you but ours was a great time.
@Andy, my reading of your situation sounds like it will probably turn out just fine. My only slight concern would be if they decide to 'demonstrate', but if they are not too immature, they should be okay, especially if they're confident the textiles will leave first. :-D
I would not be concerned about losing family or friends if they found out l liked to live nude. Don't have many of each anyway. If the party will be of clothed people, there is no need to have name tags that say, "I am a nudist." If the conversation goes in that direction, it will probably be much like talking religion or politics. Not many will be changing their opinion on the subject, but you may just gain a few more nudist friends.
The two party scene may work. If after things get quieter and people begin to leave, I would announce that the pool is open, and clothing is not required. That is assuming the event will be at your house. Worse things could come even if nobody goes naked. Keep the liquor under control and most will have a good time.