Kid’s birthday parties and RSVP-ing ….

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Inviting the whole school…I mean class.

Ug. It’s that time again. Your kid’s birthday. (Or as I’m typing this, end of school and lots of invites). Don’t get me wrong. I love celebrating the birth of my lil boogers. I like trying to figure out what to get them for gifts, and hopefully choose that ONE good gift. We always have a family party and then, once they started school, we did the class party. Roller skating is usually my favorite because you go skate for a few hours, do cake, open presents, boom. Party over.


My beef with class parties though!?  R.S.V.P. ….. You know, at the end of the invite, where you leave your number and/or email, to let the parent know whether or not your child will be attending, by a certain date. Ring any bells!?? Sorry. It’s not you. This just drives me nuts about kids parties. When people don’t RSVP. Either way.                  Yes or no.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m very weird about letting people know whether or not my kid is going to attend. I actually make myself wait a couple days before I let them know, so, you know, I don’t seem too eager. Or weird…. WHATEVER!             But …come on, you know, for the most part if you can go. I know, stuff comes up, life happens. I get it. But please people. Let that poor parent know how many kiddos she has to wrangle up for cake!

And please, for the love of Pete, don’t bring the sibs, unless invited. The mom WILL say it’s ok, but all she’s probably thinking is…More. Kids.

I just feel it’s common courtesy to let the parents know whether or not your child can make it. And if your kid doesn’t want to go or you don’t feel like taking your kid, just say no, you have plans. No need for a crazy excuse. Short and simple. Don’t get me wrong, I have dropped the ball with the RSVP, either I totally forgot or misplaced the invitation. I know, it happens. But as soon as I remember or find invite, I call. I’ve already called AFTER the party and apologized for not RSVPing because I felt so bad.

How about you all. Do you RSVP? Do you answer right away or wait or forget? If you can be forgetful, write it on your calendar, set a reminder or put invite on your fridge or cork board for a reminder.

Please oh please tell me you call or text that poor momma! If not, try again next time.


Until next time…



Kids parties and RSVP-ing. Make the call!




  1. Katie

    May 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I can totally relate! It’s like RSVP is a lost art ! One we need to practice again 🙂

    1. EDamanda

      May 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks. Agree!!

  2. Janessa

    June 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I always RSVP. Usually right away unless I’m unsure about the date- like maybe the husband and I talked about going somewhere that weekend- then I wait until we have decided. We are actually having my sons party in just a few hours. He just finished his first year of preschool so this is the first time I’ve invited people we don’t know real well. So I’m not totally sure what to expect, but I really hope at least some of his school friends make it! What drives me most crazy is those who say they will come and then don’t. I’ve been obsessing over making sure I have enough goodie bags. If too many kids show up, the older kids won’t get a goodie bag. Unlike you, I want there to be a lot of kids for this summer party. We have water activities and its just so much fun having a yard full of happy kids laughing. We’re expecting 20-25 kids plus as many adults. I expect siblings to come unless they’re older and can stay home alone. I do look forward to the day my boys are old enough for “drop off” parties, in which case I wouldn’t expect siblings. I am rambling! So excited for this afternoon,

    1. EDamanda

      June 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Yes, when they get to school age and you don’t know parents, tough to wait & wonder about RSVP.
      This is just a pet peeve of mine. I know not everyone agrees. I tend to stress about things that others can let go of easily. 🙂 Have fun at your party! Sounds like lots of fun. Enjoy!!

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