Monday, January 4, 2010

Part Seven: Invitations

Part seven in my seven part series: “Things I’ve Learned About Hosting a Holiday Get Together”.


People stopped responding to paper invitations ages ago. They also don’t read emails, evites, text messages, or actively listen when you talk to them in person or on the phone. If, for some totally incomprehensible reason, you decide you want to host guests in your home, then you are practically forced to stalk them outside their homes, tranq ‘em, tag ‘em, and drag ‘em in yourself.

Setting a specific RSVP date does not matter. See Guests.

The only bit I can offer is this: If someone sees fit to invite you to something, for the sake of all that is holy RSVP you bastard! It doesn’t matter yes or no, just do it! And then follow up your answer!

If you say no don’t go!

If you say yes then make every effort and actually go!

Be polite!

Bring back common social courtesy!

Be the change you want to see in people!

Don’t be an ass and certainly don’t ask if you can bring strangers that the party host does not know!



Anonymous said...

You're so right -- why do we even bother with invitations at all when people don't follow through with what they've said, if they do indeed say anything in response to your thoughtful invitation? UGH!

Sallyacious said...

I think it may be okay to follow up an, "I'm sorry, I already have plans, I wish I could attend," with a "My plans fell through, I'd really like to come to your party, may I still attend?" sometimes. As long as that happens at least 24 hours before said festive gathering. Because sometimes plans do fall through and you really would like to go to the party.

Who out there is so churlish that they can't be bothered to respond to a party invitation? An evite is such a simple thing to answer. So, for that matter, is a written invitation, an email or a text.

I really don't understand what is wrong with people.

I do know that you need to move to a whole new city, the people where you are obviously have little to no class.