Last Thursday, I texted four couples that we hang out with quite a lot, inviting them round for a meal and beers tonight. The two couples that we see most of responded before the weekend, saying yes, they'd like to come.
I didn't hear anything from the others until after midday today, when we came home to find that each of the chaps had left a message on my phone. One left a text saying yes they'd definitely be up for it, and the other left a verbal ramble which made it difficult to ascertain whether he was saying they'd like to come but realised they'd left it late, or that they couldn't make it.
- pretend I never got the messages
- tell them they're too late, they're rude so-and-so's and they'll never get an invite from us again
- say yes, of course they can come, and try to make the food stretch from six to ten
- say yes, of course they can come, and rush out and buy more food and get generally stressed
- tell them they've left it too late for food, but they're welcome to come round for drinks after we've eaten
What would Miss Manners do?
I have gone for option (5) and just sent them both a text, using the phrase 'slack bastards' and saying that if they want to come round for a drink later in the evening they are all welcome, but that we've already prepped food for six, rather than ten.
I feel a bit undervalued, but I am not foaming at the mouth any more.
Time for a drink whilst cooking, I think ...