PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Bend mother wrote a heartfelt blog post after no one turned up for her 9-year-old son’s birthday party.
Kristen Layne is the mother of 6 and author of the blog “Life on Peanut Layne.”
Layne wrote about how Mahlon, who is in public school for the first time this year after being home schooled, hasn’t had a lot of friends his age before. The family moved from Portland to Bend in July, so this was his first time being around other kids his own age and the first time he would have a real birthday party.
Leading up to his birthday, he handed out party invitations to his classmates, including a number to RSVP. The night before the party, there were still no replies either way.
In her blog, Layne wrote her husband reassured her: “Nobody seems to RSVP these days. Don’t worry. They’ll come. Kids love birthday parties.”
Party time came and went. No one arrived.
To send a note:
c/o Kristen P. Layne
PO Box 8141
Bend, OR 97708
“What was supposed to be a fun filled birthday party weekend, complete with pizza, cake, games, prizes and friends, went horribly wrong,” Layne wrote.
The party was “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”-themed, because that’s Mahlon’s favorite book. Layne had ordered custom invitations, a special cake topper and made games to go along with that theme.
“I felt really heartbroken and like I was running up and down the sidewalk waiting for cars. And when it was just the end of the day I was super down when I got back,” Mahlon said.
He ate pizza and cake with his family, then they went bowling.
“I just kept my head up and had a good time,” Mahlon said.
The ordeal prompted Layne to write on her blog that parents should remember to RSVP to kid’s birthday parties.
“I don’t blame the kids who didn’t show up, and I’m trying very hard not to blame the parents as I’m honestly too devastated to be angry,” she wrote. She tried to justify it somehow, but ultimately said, “It could’ve all been avoided by a simple RSVP, via phone call, text, email, whatever, etc. I know I will definitely never ignore those four little letters ever again.”
After Layne’s blog post went viral, the family received an outpouring of support from people all over the world. Belated birthday gifts, cards and letters poured in and Mahlon even got to Facetime with his favorite author, Jeff Kinney.
What had been a birthday that could have gone down as one of his worst, turned into a day Mahlon will always remember for the love and support he felt.
KTVZ in Bend originally reported this story.