I have decided that this is the first and last time I do an expensive party as it's just been upsetting from the start.
Just had another drop out and without an actual apology, but just stating why they can't come and "therefore we can't come"
First I had to chase people for replies, then wait for the yes replies to turn into no for lame reasons.
My daughter doesn't even care as she would be as happy to have a party at home which we already did for her with just family.
What I don't want is to turn up at her party and have a half empty room as we've been unlucky with people being away or unable to commit to a date or manage to put it in their diary...