The Birthday Party

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I had to have the party. it was a big birthday, but given the choice again, I don’t think I would opt for a party again. It’s a shame really because I really did have a good time. I laughed a lot, drank a lot, chatted a lot and (bizarrely) danced a lot, even though it was a pub. the biggest problem was the huge amount of drop out that happened very last minute. There were the ones I knew wouldn’t come, despite their insistence and then the complete surprises who had good reasons but the bad luck of it, all at the same time. I was truly gutted. 4 days before my party I had 45 rsvps, but an hour beforehand (where I got two cancellations whilst waiting for the cab) it was down to 25. Chatting to a few people at the party I soon discovered it isnt an unusual situation. One friend said his wife had convinced him to have a 40th but he had so many cancellations at the last minute he had a venue for 50 but only 15 there. He also had a minimum bar bill that needed to be paid, so the 15 of them made the most of it and tucked in.
Since my party I have had similar conversations with many people about 40th birthday parties. In your 30’s people are all a bit more free and easy. I remember stressing at the bar on my 30th but everyone turned up eventually.
So I am disappointed at the turnout, at the feeling of being unpopular, but I know that isn’t what happened and despite it, I really enjoyed my party. So there!!

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