This year I decided to throw myself a party; that way I won't be disappointed when no one does anything for me on my birthday. So, I rented 3 bowling lanes for 3 hours at a place called Main Event. I haven't bowled in forever, but I figure between that, the pool tables, laser tag, gravity ropes, arcade, food, and full bar, people will have enough options. I'm only paying for the 3 lanes, of course.
I invited all my family, all my GM friends from work, and all my drum corps new friends. I set the time at 8pm-11pm so people would have plenty of time to go to church and come afterward. That's not working out very well.
I have 17 people confirmed to come, and after several of them forget/have other plans/ something comes up/etc., I'll have probably 10 people, 7 of which will be my family. And then the other 3 will leave early because they feel uncomfortable that there aren't more people that they know.
I hope I'm very wrong, and I hope that I'm pleasantly surprised when a lot of people show up. I don't want my $300 to have gone to waste on the lane rental, and I want to feel that I have enough worth that people will show up to a free party (no gifts allowed) to celebrate with me.
But I am not optimistic.