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R.S.V.P. - What Does It Mean?
definition of R.S.V.P. (Repondez S’il Vous Plait) actually means “Please
reply”, however, in today’s society it seems to mean different things to
To the busy
… call if you can find the time.
… call the night before the party.
… call the night you get the invitation. (Love these!!)
… don’t call just show up.
oblivious and manner less
… don’t call just show up with 2 younger uninvited siblings.
Which one are
RSVP Mean For Invited Guests?
The RSVP on the invitation means that the Host(ess) would like you to tell
them whether or not you are attending the birthday
They are planning food, favors, games and activities for the party and
need to know how many guests will be there.
When should you
respond to the RSVP?
Call as soon as possible to let the Hostess know your child will attend
While a RSVP the night before the party is not the greatest .... no
response is worse, so call whether your child will attend or not.
Why do you
have to respond?
Hosts need a head count at the very least 2 - 3 days before the party to
know how much food to prepare, how many goody bags to buy and how many
games, activities to plan. No or Yes ... don't make them guess!
How do you
Use the phone number or email address on the invitation to respond to
send the message with your son or daughter to tell the child at school
whether they will be at the party or not. Some children forget and
others may be intimidated if they wont’ be able to attend and everyone
else is talking
about going to the party.
|It may be a little uncomfortable calling to let a parent you don’t know
personally that your son/daughter won’t be attending the party. But remember, they
thought enough of your child to send them an invitation to a party ….
Think enough of them to respond.
What Does It Mean For Hosts / Hostesses
RSVP means you’re in limbo waiting the reply of others.
It is obvious
that the term RSVP has different meanings to different parents. To some
it means call if you’re coming, to others call if you’re not coming.
some don’t know what it means so they ignore it and do what they want -
either have their child attend or not without letting you know which one
until the party starts.
To help encourage a response by guests let them know
on the invitation what YOUR
definition is of RSVP.
Here are some ideas to let
parents know what you need:
On the invitation where it says - RSVP - write in:
Please let me know if _______ will be joining us for Timmy's
party. We have lots of fun things planned and need a guest
count by __date___ .
Thank you, Liz (include the hosts first and/or
last name ).
Please let us know if you will attend by ___________.
If we don’t hear
from you we will assume you are not coming.
(Fill in the blank with a date 3 days before the party).
parents if they don’t let you know by that date then you will not be
expecting them. It may sound a little harsh, but actually, it lets
everyone know what is expected and there is no second-guessing what you
We will be serving lunch at the party. Please let us know
if your child has any food allergies when you RSVP so we can
We are planning a fun craft for the party! Please
let me know your child's favorite color when you RSVP.
Always Include a way for guests
Include your phone number and/or email address on the invitation so
parents can contact you one of two
And always write in the hostess' name …. no one likes to call and ask for
Once again, the best thing you can do when you get an invitation
is always RSVP!
Sticky Party Situations - and how
to avoid them!
There are certain ways to word an invitation that will let
guests know how to respond to the RSVP.
And there are also ways to word an invitation that will
eliminate any sticky party situations that can occur.
For instance what if a guest shows up with a younger brother or sister that wants to attend
the party? (Yes, this has actually happened to me several times)
See our page on
Fill Out An Invitation for how to avoid this and other
potential situations like:
ask guests to pay at a venue?
How to avoid
having parents stay during the party / or how to ask parents to
attend the party with their child.
How to make
sure siblings don't tag along to the party.
and many more!
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