1st Birthday Party
My little guy turned one about a week ago. We had to push back his party to the 20th due to a friend of mine getting married.
We did the standard invites – e-vite, facebook, and verbal. After all responses were received, we tallied up the totals shortly before the actual party. 110 “I’ll be there’s” and 30 “maybe’s”. So we planned for about 130-140 people. The number of people who actually showed up? About 70. And of that 70, around 20 of them stayed for an hour or less. My wife and I spent close to $1,000 on this party between food, favors, alcohol, drinks, coffee, etc. You only turn one once, right?
That being said, we are adults and our feelings will not be hurt if you cannot attend. I’d rather you just say “no” from the get-go. If you’re a Maybe or a Yes, you should probably think about the planning that has to go into a party, and have some respect for those throwing it. We spent about $400 more than we needed to, and wasted at least 10 extra hours we could have used for something more valuable. This is money not going towards our son’s college fund, and the time was spent not spend doing something “fun”. We’re very busy and value our free time considerably.
The next time you’re invited to a party, grow a spine and just answer the question. Maybe is a response for people who like to sit on the fence and don’t do anything for themselves. Yes is a response that requires follow-through. If you tell your boss “Yes, I will do that” and you don’t, you get fired. If you say you’re coming, and don’t show, I consider that disrespect towards my son. These people should be considered “fired” from future invitations. Perhaps more people should heed this cautionary tale, and think about the negative effects of not being able to answer a simple question.Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized