Company picnic--- ugh!!

United States
August 15, 2008 5:22pm CST
My husband and I (more me than him, lol) have been planning a picnic for his employees, and we finally decided to do it this weekend. He has a small store, less than a dozen people working there. I went in this morning to get a head count so I could judge about how much food to buy. Since the company is not paying for this, we have to pay out of pocket, but the others who are coming said they'd chip in some money for it. So I estimated about 15-20 people including spouses and kids. I spent $100 on food and supplies, and still have a couple little things to pick up. So I called my husband to tell him what I bought and how much I spent, and he informes me that a few people later decided they can't go. Now there's only going to be a few of us, some of them aren't even bringing their kids or spouses. I'm rather disappointed. I was hoping this would be a rather big picnic, with plenty of kids for mine to play with, and plenty of other wives for me to chat with and complain about our husband's hours, lol. Now it's looking more like my kids will be about the only ones there, and the few wives I already know aren't going to be there. Since we found out about the drop in attendance, my husband began debating cancelling the whole thing. Well what would I do with all this food I bought?? We are going to continue as planned, and I just hope something changes and more people end up showing up.
5 responses
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I know that has to be a disappointment to you for them all not coming. I hate it when someone promises to do something then backs out at the last moment. Perhaps the men made the plans without consulting the wives and the wives already had something planned? I guess you will know for sure how many shows when the picnic begins. But I would hate to be saddled with all the food and nobody comes. Is there any way you could possibly freeze some of the food?
• United States
16 Aug 08
I'm sure none of the food will be wasted, that's not really a concern. The only reason I'm concerned about the food is because of how much money I spent on it. My grocery budget is for $200, and this week I spent closer to $300 with the picnic supplies.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I can certainly understand that. I suppose you'll have to trim some off the next few grocery bills to make up for the extra you spent this week. But maybe more will show up than you are thinking will.Sure hope your children do have some more children to play with.
@gemini_rose (16268)
16 Aug 08
I am sorry to hear that people are dropping out of it when you have taken the time to plan this. I think it is a shame, if people say they are going to go then they should and I am not surprised you are disappointed I would be too. Hopefully on the day you will be surprised and loads of people will turn up.
• United States
16 Aug 08
My husband is still excited about it, and hoping we will all have a good time, so hopefully we will, and I'm just getting worked up for nothing.
@pam210 (345)
• United States
16 Aug 08
We had our company picnic 2 weeks ago and although we had more people we had alot of no shows. I think we bought for 120 and had about 88 people show up. My boss and I talked the next Monday and he was really upset and said he wouldn't have the picnic again but then we talked and realized that the people that came had alot of fun. We took all the meat that was left and put it in the freezer and we are going to have a cookout around Labor day at work for all of the employees. About the only thing that went to waste was all of the buns.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Buns can be frozen too. I freeze bread all the time. Comes out just fine.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
15 Aug 08
That stinks, when you have planned for something, and it doesn't happen the way you would like. Why don't you invite some of your friends or relatives to make up for the slight. That way your children will have cousins to play with. Are you able to freeze some of the stuff your bought and use it at another time? Sorry , some of the folks bailed out. But have fun, it will turn out okay.
• United States
15 Aug 08
No I don't have friends or family to invite, otherwise I wouldn't be desperate enough to plan a company picnic for less than a dozen people, lol.
@kingparker (9685)
• United States
24 Sep 11
It will be shame to cancel a good plan like this, even though not many people gonna show up though. I would continue the picnic if I were you. Anyway, it was four years later, did you get the picnic going 4 years ago? I was just curious. I love picnic myself, and I would like a bunch of people come in and join us too. That would be so fun.