"Daughter's birthday party, invitation is explicit to RSVP whether or not you're coming. Have only heard from 3 of the 8 invitations. I put a lot of time, money, and effort into this and planned on 8 people. My daughter hasn't heard from 5 of her first choices and won't invite others... Here I sit with a little over a week to go, 8 gift bags (that were rather pricey) and 3 little girls coming. I am furious that this seems to happen every year and it meant so much to my daughter. I am so angry I want to call them and ask if they were raised in a barn???!"
Has this ever happened to you? What have you done when it's close to party date and you don't have a close to firm head count? The day after receiving this letter, I received a tip from a different reader on how she avoids this problem altogether by leaving out a small, but important, piece of information on her invites. It's a little bit devious, but I think she may be onto something. What do you think?