What got me thinking today, however, was the RSVP return. Before the party, only 8 people had RSVPed and yet, more than 40 people were in attendance.
A similar situation occurred several month ago when I shared invitations to my daughter’s birthday party. We had invited 12 kids and only 3 RSVP’s arrived in advance of the party. As a mom, I was worried that my daughter’s birthday party might not be well attended; however, once the party got underway, over 16 girls arrived to our doorstep.
One of the comments I heard last night during my friend’s party was “did you have this event on Facebook?” And it caused me to wonder if our reliance on social media to remind of us birthdays and events has impacted our ability to respond to party invitations?
I’m not sure if there is any correlation at all between my unscientific observations and our cultural inability to respond to invitations, but it did make me cognizant of all of my pending invitations today. It’s important to remember that people ask for an RSVP so that they can adequately plan to have the right amount of food & supplies on-hand for their various events.
Fortunately, for last night, I figured the headcount would be significantly larger than 8 people, but for events like weddings, it’s important to remember that brides & grooms often have to provide detailed headcounts as their reception dinners can be fairly expensive.
It’s a simple step to RSVP when we are invited to someone’s party. Consider taking the step and replying to each and every one of them to offer a moment of courtesy to those who have graciously invited you to share your presence with them.