Last minute birthday cancellations could end in invoices!
As parents we’ve all been there when children haven’t turned up at your child’s birthday party and you’re left footing the bill – not ideal! But would you ever consider invoicing the parents of these no-show kids for the money you have spent on the party?
A user on Mumsnet was in this predicament when children began cancelling on her daughter’s 16th birthday party the night before the party! She had organised for them to all go paintballing together – an expensive activity! Unfortunately, three dropped out the night before out of a total of 12 children who were meant to attend. The minimum number allowed for a party was 10 so she was very concerned that not only had she lost a lot of money in deposits but also that the party may not even go ahead! A real difficult situation!
As the mother had already paid deposits for the children that cancelled she said that she had thought about invoicing the parents to cover the cost that she had forked out before the party.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and if you have saved up a lot of money to throw an unforgettable birthday party for your child then it is understandable that you would be upset when people don’t RSVP or don’t even turn up!
There is so much stress already around children’s birthday parties. The unending questions of, “how many guests should we invite?”, “What activity should we do?”, “Will it be better than the other kids in their class?” As parents we try so hard to make sure it is just right for them and we cherish these moments in our kids’ lives especially important birthdays like a sweet sixteenth.
What do you think about invoicing parents of the kids that didn’t turn up? Is it out of the question to be asked to be reimbursed for the deposits you paid? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.