If you are reading this article, then no doubt you are throwing or have thrown a party where guests have canceled at the last minute.
I feel your pain. A lot of time goes into the planning and preparation of a party. To cancel at the very last minute is down right rude! Right? Well it depends on why your guests are canceling. Some things can’t be avoided. The proper thing to do as the party host is be gracious and understanding no matter what the excuse is. If they continue to cancel on you, perhaps it would be a good idea not to include them on your guest list for future events. But remember to always be a gracious host because this is what your friends and family will remember about you and about your party.
To help you cope with the disappointment, try focusing on something positive about the situation. It could be that you have plenty of left overs and don’t have to cook for the week. Or that there is less cleaning up to do after the party. It might even be that you have more time to spend with your guests who do plan on attending.
No matter what, be happy when your guests arrive. Refrain from gossiping about those friends or family members who canceled at the last moment. After all, the guests who do show are there to have fun. So try not to be angry, disappointed and stressed. …unless you don’t want anyone to show up to your next soiree.
When you see your friends after the event and they ask, “how was your party?” Tell them with a sincere smile that it was great and we all missed not having you there. People will remember and like you for how you make them feel. So keep it positive even though you may be disappointed in them. Your disappointment too shall pass.
Have you had someone cancel on you at the last minute? Tell us how you handled it.