How do you ladies handle it when you plan a party for your kid and no one shows?
We had this issue last year, and I'm worried it's going to happen this year. Last year ds decided he wanted a halloween birthday, which is cool, right? So we plan and send out invitations for a costume party 5 weeks in advance. Now, I throw some pretty great parties, if I do say so myself, and for this one I had planned a scavenger hunt in the yard, set up a maze in the house, a "crazy corner" with sheets and sheets of bubble wrap taped to the floor and a bubble machine, cake pops, cookies, white chocolate eyeballs, gift bags for the parents that included gift cards, crafts, the whole shebang.
One kid showed up out of 30 invited. Ds was heartbroken.
His birthday is coming up again, and he's decided he wants a Sonic the hedgehog party, and he wants to wear a Sonic costume. So I've got the invitations made out that it's a themed party but we want to see everyone's super costume, we're having a make your own sundae bar instead of a cake, rented a room at a local activity center, and have some games. I don't think I can stand to see ds cry over another birthday with no friends though! He doesn't want gifts, or even activities, he JUST WANTS HIS FRIENDS THERE! It's even in the invites that we don't want any gifts, just company. Ds has no cousins anywhere near us, so if none of his friends show there really isn't a back up.
Gah! Ok, rant over. I'm just hoping for his sake that we can convince people to come.
"Parent" is a verb.