Dear Wonderfully Creative Host,
Thank you for inviting us to your daughter’s birthday party. We had a wonderful time, and the food and activities you had planned for the kids were excellent. Please don’t mistake our gratitude at being invited with the fact that I am complaining about your complete inability to proofread.
Yes, your inability to proofread not only cost me $31.45 and wasted gas (which, at $3.59 a gallon, does not make me happy). I acknowledge that we all make mistakes but when the invitation states that the party starts at noon and you call me as I am 5 minutes from your house to tell me that you made a mistake and it really starts 2, I become quite agitated.
You see, I live on a very strict budget. The gift for your child was budgeted for and I am not complaining about that. But the extra expenses were not planned for and have sent my very strict budget into a tailspin with a kamikaze squirrel piloting the plane. I don’t like it when my money is all out of whack. It makes me uncomfortable, nervous and a little sweaty. It also means that I am going to have to compromise in other areas to account for this deficit.
I know you’re thinking why didn’t I just go home in between. I thought about that option. Unfortunately, with traffic and lights, it takes approximately 25 minutes to get from my house to yours. That is a lot of unnecessary driving. Although I like my car, I do not like spending 2 hours in the car driving back and forth between our houses. With the exception of spending time with my daughter, 2 hours of driving is not a productive use of my time, especially on a Sunday.
I understand that we all make mistakes. It happens. But when you send an invitation to a party a mere 3 days before the actual event, it helps if you make sure the invitation is correct.