I once did an 18th party for girl in Hove at around Christmas time and no one turned up at all! Actually that's not quite true. An unknown woman showed up, got really really drunk and had to be carted off in an ambulance I kid you not. My god I felt bad for the birthday girl. The poor young thing was distraught. Like I say, Re-confirm once twice, even three times and then if you're doing food, you're on a pretty safe bet if you provide for about half the number you're expecting as even then, that's probably the number that will turn up. It's a sad reflection on todays jaded society who would rather stay in and watch X factor than come out and have a really good time but I guess some of my collegues are at least partly to blame. How many times have you heard some one talking about an event they went to the other night and the DJ was crap...?
Well I have a simple answer for that one. Tell them the DJ will be exceptional at this party and if they don't turn up you'll never forgive them or talk to them again, so get up of their arse and get with the party. You're doing this for there own good because when they hear how damn good it was they'll want to kick them selves anyway. Then book me and relax. It's all taken care of.