We had a situation last year that has gotten someone stricken from future guest lists. For some folks, it might not have been that big a deal, but our parties are small and his stunts almost ruined my mood.
- RSVP'd yes, but never actually opened or read the invitation.
- Figured that since invited child couldn't make it, he could bring his current playmate. This might not be an issue for bigger parties, or people with different sensibilities (?) but I'm really uncomfortable with strangers in my home, and as stated above, the guest list is small, more like a dinner party. We don't send "+1" invites.
- "Asked" hub's permission to bring guest just a couple of hours before the party (more like, hey, I'm bringing so-and-so, okay?). Put on the spot, he didn't disagree.
- If the poor thing had actually come, she would have been so confused. Because he didn't READ THE INVITATION, he didn't know that it was a zombie-themed party (even though it said so in the save-the-date). She had a really cool costume planned, but it was as a character from a TV show. This isn't on her, it's on him - subjecting his date to that awkward feeling - we wouldn't have said boo, but I'm sure she would have noticed!
- Because he didn't read the invitation, he didn't know what time it started. We aren't sticklers for on-time, but calling 2 hours after the party started to find out when it started? (He still hadn't opened the invitation, which was, supposedly, on his fridge door.)
- Kept PMing hub on Facebook to ask if they should still come and got upset b/c hub wasn't sitting at his computer all night.
- 7-8 hours after the party started, sent another message asking if they should still come.
- Finally admitted that he never intended to come.