Birthday Party Woes

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Hello My son will be turning 6 July 9th! and we were planning to have a birthday party for him at a local bowling alley with mini golf. the theme was planned to be Knight and princess and such. anyway I sent out the invitations around may 10th and put on the invites that i needed to have rsvps by may 30th so i can book and pay for it in advance. No one replied!!! I dont know what to do... this happens every year to my son... i feel really bad for him because it seems to be because of the fact his birthday is during the summer and so close to the 4th. can someone please give me some advice. should i ask the other mothers if they are planning to come or is that tacky??? thanks

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Kay - posted on 07/08/2009

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my 13 son has same prob. we are in nz and its on new years eve in our big summer hols. every yr people actually would rsvp saying they def. coming then all no show! We overcame this by having a party day separate on the last day of school before the holidays. for us it is about 18 dec.everyone still in town and kids love it as a end of school destresser! hope your son has a great day today and keep in mind for nxt yr maybe! we still try to make a fuss of him with our family involved on the actual day so he gets two special days!

Kristi - posted on 07/08/2009

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i lovingly hound people when it comes to invitations after the rsvp date if they have not done so. It is simply rude to the host to not let them know yes OR no ... or even a 'we don't know yet' .... maybe you could do your son's birthday parties a month or two early so that they happen during the end of the school year if people rarely show up for them. Many people do that... sometimes in the opposite way... my daughter is invited this month (july) to a 1/2 birthday party for a boy who's 6th birthday was in january, but has always wanted to have his party during warm weather at the park... so this year his parents asked him if he wanted to postpone having a party until summer...

Lisa - posted on 06/02/2009

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My eldest's birthday is near Christmas, and it's also our summer holidays (in Australia) I have friends with children who's birthdays are January, which is right in the middle of our summer holidays and I know birthday planning for them is really hard. I think the thing to do is have an SMS RSVP and make sure you have phone numbers for as many people as you can (sometimes this is hard with younger school friends) Otherwise when people RSVP via SMS you get their numbers and can either call or text a reminder ;)

The biggest thing these days seems to be a lack of RSVP ettiquette though... I've heard so many complaints about that - and without the excuse of summer holidays or any holidays!

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thanks so much. I plan to call today.. I will let you all know how it goes. thanks for the help :)

Brenda - posted on 06/01/2009

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This happened to me a few years ago and i did call and politely asked if they recieved the invite,its frustrating that people dont respond but for your sake i would call the parents.Good Luck!

Angie - posted on 06/01/2009

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With the party so far away it's probably really difficult for parents to know if they are going to be bringing their children. They may have forgotten about it since the invitations were sent during the chaos of the end of the school year. I think it would be wise for you to call the parents. They would probably apprciate the reminder.

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