Alice is interested in Bob, but for some reason she can't ask him out directly. Her solution is declaring that there's a party for someone else that night and inviting Bob. The presence of other people is supposed to mitigate the awkwardness. It's debatable if this actually happens. Up for Grabs
- On Friends Rachel invites Joshua to a going-away party for Emily. She can't ask out a customer and he's a recent divorcee who isn't ready to date yet.
- In Questionable Content Faye creates a pretense of inviting people over to drink beer and watch bad YouTube videos to see more of Angus.