Here is my dilemma... one that I have never been in before. I sent invitations for an open house; kind of a housewarming party, but no gifts. The party had to be postponed due to funeral services held for a former co-worker. After that, I had second thoughts about even having the party at all... until at least 8 people asked me, "So when are you having your party?" That was enough to convince me to go ahead with it three weeks later. I sent invitations again, to 28 people. Seven of them RSVP'd with a positive; three with a 'sorry, can't make it.' The other 18 said nothing at all.
Playing on the safe side, I spent over $250 on food and drinks, expecting people to show. Only four guests arrived. The others, I haven't heard a word from. My problem is that now I have to go back to work with all of them and I'm wondering how to respond when someone asks about the party, or says they're sorry they didn't make it (but didn't bother to let me know ahead of time.)
How would you respond/treat the people you work with in this situation, aside from never having a party again?