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#1 Neo Aerith

Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:32 PM

DS is having a 5th birthday party and has invited 7 kids from his class. The RSVP date was 3 days ago and we’ve received one RSVP...ONE. Thankfully it was a yes.

DS’s party is next weekend and we’d decided he could invite 7 kids but now he wants to invite another two and I’m wondering if I should let him invite them with hopes that some of them come. I can’t follow up with the parents unfortunately because I don’t know them. Thankfully DS has a couple of friends outside school coming but I’m just worried about getting last minute RSVP’s..

Kids birthday’s are whole new territory for me. I would have thought it couldn’t be too hard to write a 10 second yes/no text..ugh. Would you invite the extra kids?

#2 Neo Aerith

Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:34 PM

I should add, numbers matter because the party is at a play centre and we’ve prepaid for 10 kids but will have to pay an additional amount for each extra child.

#3 tenar

Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:44 PM

Can you chat to his teacher about following up with the parents?  They may have a suggestion.

#4 FeralZombieMum

Posted 04 April 2019 - 07:06 PM

Yes I would invite the 2 extra.

How did you send the invites?
It's possible the parents don't know about the party. I found invites in my kids bags weeks after the event.

#5 Neo Aerith

Posted 04 April 2019 - 07:11 PM

View PostFeralZombieMum, on 04 April 2019 - 07:06 PM, said:

Yes I would invite the 2 extra.

How did you send the invites?
It's possible the parents don't know about the party. I found invites in my kids bags weeks after the event.

DS’s classroom has pigeon holes that are emptied each day by the parents. I’d left the invites in the pigeon holes so the parents definitely got them.

Edited by Neo Aerith, 04 April 2019 - 07:12 PM.


#6 flowermama

Posted 04 April 2019 - 07:22 PM

Could you put a follow up note in the pigeon holes? I'd go ahead and invite the other two people though.

#7 FeralZombieMum

Posted 04 April 2019 - 07:30 PM

View PostNeo Aerith, on 04 April 2019 - 07:11 PM, said:

DS’s classroom has pigeon holes that are emptied each day by the parents. I’d left the invites in the pigeon holes so the parents definitely got them.

If there was artwork or notices in there, it could easily be missed as the parents placed the items in the bag.

I would put a reminder in the pigeon holes tomorrow, and hopefully you'll get more RSVPs. Extend the RSVP date to this Saturday - and stress that you need to confirm numbers with the play centre on this Sunday. (then wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to confirm)

Just be aware some parents don't rsvp and do turn up at the play centre. Some will rsvp then don't bother showing (or get sick and forget :ph34r: )

As you have a minimum of 10, you have to pay that regardless how many kids turn up. Depending on the play centre, they might be happy to add a couple more kids to the list if they turn up, and doesn't take much for them to add another cup and plate. The only real issue is party bags being made up - and having enough. (food isn't an issue as they don't eat it all anyway, parents have to help finish it off)

I'd rather pay for 2 more kids, than pay for 2 kids who never showed up - but of course that depends on the cost per child and how tight money might be for you.

#8 BECZ

Posted 04 April 2019 - 07:30 PM

View Postflowermama, on 04 April 2019 - 07:22 PM, said:

Could you put a follow up note in the pigeon holes? I'd go ahead and invite the other two people though.

This is what I'd do.

If the party is not until next weekend, it's possible that they haven't realised that the RSVP date has passed.  I find lots of people that have the RSVP too long before the party seem to have issues.  You might get a heap this weekend hopefully.

#9 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 04 April 2019 - 08:51 PM

I would put a followup note cleaely stating that numbers are firm as at xx date and no latecomers will be accepted (way nicer than that, but i cant brain better right now haha)

#10 CallMeFeral

Posted 04 April 2019 - 08:55 PM

View PostNeo Aerith, on 04 April 2019 - 07:11 PM, said:

DS’s classroom has pigeon holes that are emptied each day by the parents. I’d left the invites in the pigeon holes so the parents definitely got them.

I'd leave a follow up then. I did this at daycare and then they all finally rsvp'd and apologised!

#11 literally nobody

Posted 04 April 2019 - 09:12 PM

yes id invite the 2 other kids too

#12 Sancti-claws

Posted 04 April 2019 - 09:20 PM

Yes to the extra 2 kids.

Is it school holidays there too?  That could impinge on a lot of responses.




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