Ponderings Elbows Down, Pinkies Up: RSVPing for Tea Parties By Star LaBranche Posted on April 23, 2019 3 min read 0 0 5 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Estonian singer/songwriter Kerli was featured on the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack with her song “Tea Party.” In this jaunty song she sings, “Didn’t RSVP, that’s okay, it’s okay.” But really… is it? RSVP stands for “Répondez s’il vous plaît” a French term meaning “respond please.” So what is the point of an RSVP? Simply to let the host know how many people to expect to their party. This could mean, knowing how many tables and chairs to put out, how much food to order, how many goodie bags to prepare or how many sets of materials will be needed for games and activities. So what's the big deal? Showing up with an extra person or not showing up at all, means these numbers are inaccurate and this can lead to problems. Click To Tweet So what’s the big deal? Showing up with an extra person or not showing up at all, means these numbers are inaccurate and this can lead to problems. Imagine bringing guest with no notice and now there’s no chair for them. Imagine not showing up at all, and food going to waste because there was extra. Big events, like weddings, there is always the expectations that someone will not show up or there will be a last minute plus one, but these issues could be easily avoided by RSVPing for an accurate number of people and showing up to the event, to the best of your ability. These issues could be easily avoided by RSVPing for an accurate number of people and showing up to the event, to the best of your ability Click To Tweet There are always situations out of our control and sometimes the unexpected happens. But clear communication with the host and making sure not to overburden the host (because, after all, you’re not the only person on their guest list), can go a long way.