Birthday parties are a pretty big deal. A lot goes into the planning of it, you make sure you invite everyone, prepare the food, decorate the place and make sure you have plenty of drinks in. So it’s understandable to be a little miffed when people don’t show up at your birthday party – even more so when everyone bails.
Coming to terms with it
Let’s be fair, when people don’t show up at your birthday party, you’re not going to instantly think “ah, that’s right – nobody is coming”. It’s gonna take a little minute to wrap your head around it, and that’s a journey. You’re gonna feel things along the way!
The initial shock
You’ll have a moment of disbelief, as you watch that clock tick over to your party’s start time, and there isn’t a barrage of knocks at your door.
The moment of denial
Once you realise that nobody is actually there, they aren’t hiding to jump out and surprise you, you still don’t necessarily believe they aren’t coming, just that they aren’t there yet.
Then the guilt sets in
Okay, so, nobody is there, nobody is coming. Wait, is it your fault when people don’t show up at your birthday party?
It’s time to get mad
No, that’s not right, it can’t be you. They are just not fair. They said they were going to come and they didn’t. How dare they?
You’ve never felt so lonely and sad
The anger has dissipated, and you look around and realise that there is nobody there, and you’re all alone…
You’ll do anything
You sit there and try and convince yourself that next time it will be different, you’ll change how you are, you’ll invite more people, you’ll do pretty much anything.
Time to accept it
It’s time to just accept the thing. People don’t show up at your birthday party and it’s very sad, but it is nevertheless what has happened.
So, now what?
Okay, so you’ve accepted the sad truth that is people don’t show up at your birthday party. But, what next? You’ve done all the prep work after all.
That’s right, you need to move on. Enjoy yourself, it is your birthday after all.
Celebrate your trip around the sun
It is a day to celebrate. Thank yourself for being there, you were after all the only one who made the effort.
Eat all that cake
All of it, I mean why not? It’s not a birthday without cake, so have the cake – you can even eat it from the middle.
You literally have enough alcohol for a whole crowd. Even when people don’t show, you might as well put it to some good use.
Play some party games
Thinking about it, you might need to be a little selective here, but there are some games you can still play even when nobody shows up at your birthday party.
Dance the night away
The joy of this is that you don’t need to choose your music to please the room. Put on your favourite jam, and dance all night long. Certainly beats crying yourself to sleep.
When people don’t show up at your birthday party
Now you know what to do when people don’t show up at your birthday party, you can enjoy your celebrations regardless. But what about when people don’t just not-show-up for the party, but they forget it’s your birthday altogether? Check out our blog post on that below.