Loved that you used 'mix tape', Maybelle.
Aye, well it is a mix tape and always will be, no matter what fancy, modern day equipment you are using
OP, I would be happy to throw in if I was asked before the party...it is being asked at the party that I find odd...people need to budget for such things and being put on the spot is what I think is a bit off.
Can a friend organise it as a present from a group of guests? If I got an email saying "X is organising her party and while I know she doesn't want presents, I feel that we should get her something - how about we all chip in for the band?", I would be happy to do that.
Otherwise I think she might have to cancel the band.
Agree with this...can you make the calls?