Yes, it's my annual rant.
I sent out invitations to daughter's birthday party a week before they broke up for the Easter holiday so that eveyone received them in good time.
We invited 20 children.
The party is next weekend.
I asked for replies by 13 April (yesterday) so that I could get organised.
I gave a mobile number and an e-mail address for replies.
Within three days of the invitations going out the usual six prompt parents had replied.
A week later at total of eight had replied.
On Tuesday, I sent out an e-mail to all the parents of the invited children, attached directions to the party venue and wrote a gentle reminder to let me know if their child can attend (just in case their child still had the invitation secreted about their blazer and hadn't handed it over, it happens)
As of yesterday a total of twelve had replied.
How many picnic boxes and party bags should I make?
The twelve I know about, sixteen just in case or all twenty?
What equipment should we get for the games, how many children, how many teams?
I don't care what the excuses, it's just bad manners not to reply to an invitation.
So to those remaining eight parents I say:
Do you remember how I replied promptly to your child's party invitation? Wasn't it helpful? Why can't you do the same?
When I phone you this week to find out if your child is attending, please don't try using the excuse "we've been away for the Easter holiday"; that's why I sent the invitations out a week before the kids broke up!!
If there is genuinely a problem and you can't let me know yet, then let me know that rather than let me think that you are just ignoring the invitation!
I feel better now.