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Handle This: Totally Ditched

A friend has been down and out lately, so to cheer her up you decide to plan her birthday party for her. You’ve rented a venue with a great DJ, bought some nice bottles of champagne, sent out the invites, and are really looking forward to the occasion.

But come that night, suddenly it seems like everyone who was planning on coming is bailing on you. In fact, the few that do show barely fill the whole table in your private room. Your friend is beside herself, so how do you handle this?


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lolababy575 lolababy575 9 years
This is a sucky situation but I think a lot of people have been in a similar position. Just remember that moods are contagious, so try and keep it positive - this works for any situation! I think it's a great idea to maybe grab other people that might be outside of the private room in the venue - that will make it really social, or you could highlight the fact that good close friends are around for the special night. Plenty of booze is a great cure - but so would grabbing brunch the morning after with the same group :D
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I'm with Fluffyhelen -- I would scale down the venue to make the get-together smaller and more intimate. Like what Karlorene said, smaller groups can be fun anyways. Plan B!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Smaller is sometimes better. I know my best birthdays have always been my group of close friends. Drink the champagne and have a great night.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
get her drunk and dance like no one is watching! its a no-fail solution!
karlorene karlorene 9 years
sometimes smaller groups can be better anyways :-) but i know the feeling... just make the best of it!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
This has happened to a lot of people that I know. I don't think it's a big deal that only a few people show up. This should prove to your friend who her true friends are. Just tell her to have fun and show her the good things about the small crowd. There is more for everyone to drink, everyone gets to meet and talk to everyone and it's much more intimate. Just because she's upset about it doesn't mean it has to ruin her night.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
it's tough but, just try to have a good party. get the birthday girl tipsy and rock out on the dancefloor. get the ones who showed up to phone random people and get others to show. pay the dj, take the bottles of champagne and move the party to another venue like a bar / club. or if the venue is close to other bars and clubs - open the party to the public! no use sulking about it, take advantage of the party time no matter how many people are there. what else can you do?
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I'd scale down the venue and maybe hold it in my apartment or her apartment... The only way to make this worse would be to hold it in the original NOW EMPTY venue that's costing money. :p Or I'd just arrange a small restaurant get together to begin with... nobody can afford the kind of champagne I drink.
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