Dawn recorded her six-year-old son’s birthday celebration 30 minutes after it started. The park was decked out with party supplies, including cupcakes and candles, but no one showed up. The park is completely deserted. She had invited more than 20 people to the outside party, which was permitted under local lockout regulations.
“So we’re sitting in the park for JJ’s birthday celebration, we had everything set, his party started half an hour ago,” she said in a video she shared on TikTok showing the sorrowful scenario. For his birthday, he had virtually no one show up. “Oh, my poor little man.”
No one showed up for her son’s birthday celebration.
She went on to say in the video’s caption, “Out of 22 invites… no one arrived… I realize it’s a pandemic, but it’s also a park, and in my province, we’ve reopened. Sorry for the choppy video; I’m very sad for this poor man. He is deserving of better. He’s incredible.” A small child, most likely JJ, plays alone in the background of the video.
The video, however, went viral, and people rushed to show their support for the birthday kid. People who had similar experiences left comments, as well as pleas for the family’s address so they could send gifts to JJ.
“My mother’s heart has just broken. I’m curious as to what he’s up to right now. I’m not sure where I can give him presents. “I’m serious,” a mother stated.
“This occurred during my son’s ninth birthday celebration. One remark said, “I’m so sorry, I lied and told him that I must not have placed stamps on the invites.” In a follow-up video, Dawn answered this explicitly. “I was on the verge of doing the same thing. I didn’t want JJ to find out what was going on, so I dialed a bunch of numbers.”
“This is why we ALWAYS show”. Whatever the case may be. Another mom commented, “My girl is there with a present and a grin.”
Many pleaded, “PLEASE tell me you told him you got the day wrong by mistake.”
Taking Advantage of the Situation
Dawn reached out to several other parents and family members to explain the issue and ask if they could come to the park as soon as possible. Of course, expecting them to leave everything and arrive at the last minute is unrealistic. Two families, however, arrived, one of them had brought a handcrafted present for JJ. Dawners added, “No school pals.” “However, the backup arrived. They were aware of the task.”
Dawn responds that she and JJ “greatly enjoyed” the remarks, “but he doesn’t need any toys,” in response to the request to send gifts to the family address.
“Instead, he has gently requested that you give any excess gifts to the local children’s hospital,” Dawn explained. “He has a lot of toys. He simply desired to spend time with his friends.”
However, she shared a list of items JJ enjoys in another video to inspire others to donate to local children’s hospitals. ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ dinosaurs, puzzles, novels, and coloring materials were among the items on the list.
What if nobody shows up?
Unfortunately, throwing a child’s party and having no one show up is not unusual. Many parents, like Dawn, are able to save the situation by inviting individuals at the last minute. While RSVPs may aid in the creation of a guest list, not everyone can be expected to show up. Things happen at the last minute, and there may be those who don’t keep their promises. However, rather than depending on the children to tell the parents about the party, it would be a good idea to send invites directly to them. Because children aren’t always dependable at communicating information, this might help to avoid certain misunderstandings.
There’s also the option of canceling the event. Many of a child’s peers may be unable to attend if he or she is born on a holiday or during the summer months owing to family obligations. If that’s the case, don’t expect anyone to cancel New Year’s or long weekend plans. Instead, take the youngster — together with one or two friends — to an amusement park, restaurant, movie, or other fun activity. On their big day, they don’t need a party to have a good time.
And if no one showed up for their party, don’t waste the day getting enraged with the individuals who didn’t show up. Above all, be available to the youngster. An abandoned party is considerably more distressing for the youngster than it is for the parent. And, in any case, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the youngster has a nice time. After the youngster has been consoled and is pleased, there is always time to sneer at the no-shows.
Don’t forget to be a gracious hostess. Please RSVP as soon as possible and keep your word. You never know how great a difference your presence can make.