Mary - posted on 01/05/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )
My daughter is 6 and in Kindergarten.
Yesterday she came home so excited about a birthday party she has been invited to, along with the rest of her class.
The party is to be held at an indoor water park.
The invite says "The first 15 to respond will be paid for".
I checked the website. General admission is $24.95.
The invite doesn't specify a reduced rate for additional party members.
I am in South Jersey. We are not an affluent area.
It's cold. Of course the response to an indoor water park is going to be high.
If I were to call and RSVP, should I say... "Yes, we will be coming but only if we are in the first 15?"
"Yes, Rosie would love to attend" and then wait for them to say... "Great... you made the cut" or "Great! You can pay at the front?".
What if I did make the cut and we get there and then a BFF or family friend who previously said they weren't coming now can come and we get downgraded to #16.
How as I a parent NOT pay $24.95 so my daughter doesn't feel that disappointment. At that point would I not give a gift to the child and then return it to make back some of the money I had to spend?
I fully understand saying " RSVP's after XYZ Date will be not be covered".
One has to budget and being surprised the day of is no fun either.
Honestly, I think it is beyond tacky and borderline ghetto. :)