Warning – Shouty, whingey alert!
If your child comes home with an invite to a party (assuming they haven’t lost it in the deep dark depths of their book bags), what do you do?
Me, because I like to think I’m a nice, courteous kind of person, I reply to say ‘yes thanks we’d love to come’ or ‘no thank you, we can’t make it’. I would then add it in to my phone as a reminder because I do have a history of forgetting parties until about five minutes before!
Not everyone would do the same though.
Last week was Miss Frugal’s birthday party and we invited 40 children (don’t ask), up until the Friday before the party weekend we had 1o replies. By the end of the Saturday we had another 5 and on the morning of the party another 2 replied.
So out of 40 people who’d been invited, only 17 people replied. So, to make sure that we had enough food for everyone who *might* turn up, I ended up catering for 40. I even made 40 party bags because I was worried that people might turn up and we’d run out!
On the day of the party, after much hair curling, nail painting, perfume spritzing and general primping, we carted the food and party bags along to the room we were using at the local Sports club. We got everything set up and waited to see how many people were going to turn up.
Out of the 40 invited, around 30 turned up, which was a great number and certainly more than enough people for Miss Frugal to have a fantastic party. But…. That means that 13 people came who never said they were coming and another 10 people didn’t come and didn’t let me know that their child wasn’t coming.
It would have taken them about 30 seconds and saved me both time and money!
Is it just me?
*Breathes a sigh of relief and feels better to get that out*