Mum ‘humiliated’ when she invited 78 people to her birthday and only 3 guests turned up

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A mum has posted about how upset she was when just three of the 80 people she invited to her ‘milestone birthday’ party showed up on the day. The post on Mumsnet said: ‘It’s my birthday today, a big one. ‘I don’t live in the UK anymore but decided to throw a party back home to celebrate this milestone, with drinks, food and entertainment laid on. ‘I invited people months in advance (with occasional reminders in between), and organised it on Sat just gone as that was the day most people could make. ‘So we travel 500km, kids in tow, the evening comes and… 3 people turn up. 3. ‘A few people did message that they/their kids were ill, but plenty of others simply didn’t show. It was, quite frankly, humiliating.

AIBU to be gutted that no-one bothered to come? For context, I have thrown a couple of birthday parties over the years that were also poorly attended but those were on NYE itself, so I purposely avoided that this time. And this was a milestone birthday.’ She later went on to clarify that she was expecting between 20 and 30 people to attend and she’d tried to make it as straightforward for everyone as possible. ‘Thanks for all the sympathy, strangers of MN!’ she added. ‘I wasn’t expecting hundreds but about 20-30, not 3!

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