Little R chose to have a Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party this year. Because her birthday is pretty close to the beginning of the school year, I gave her a choice of having her party a couple weeks early with her preschool friends or a couple weeks later with her new kindergarten friends.
She chose preschool friends. I put invitations in each of the kids mailboxes in her class 3 1/2 weeks before the party. I was worried I handed them out too early but its the end of Summer and the party is the day before kindergarten starts so I wanted to let everyone have plenty of notice. Only 2 parents out of about 15 responded and they both said they already had family events planned for that day.
So on Thursday, Little R's last day of preschool, I put invitations back in the mailboxes with a note "Just a friendly party reminder, please RSVP by August 19 if you plan to attend." I provided my cell phone and email address for RSVPs. I received 1 invitation back in her mail box with a note saying they couldn't come.
It's so frustrating. If only 1 or 2 kids RSVP that they can come, I'll still have the party. Little R is so excited to have her school friends come. It's the first time I've ever let her have a party with her friends from school.
If I don't get a response by Wednesday, I plan on cancelling the party and rescheduling it for a couple weeks after school starts, inviting her kindergarten class.