I'm trying to figure out the whys and reasons for this trend I'm seeing...so this will probably be a little rambling... Almost every show I've had in November and December - there have been MORE people there than the host was planning on, or had RSVP's for. I always have my hosts make reminder calls, and usually, they will have people that never respond, and that they don't hear back from via email or voice message. Before, I've always counted those as "no's"...but I'm beginning to count them now as "yeses". For instance: Last night was a Cookie Exchange. Now, you would think that with a party like that, you would get RSVP's - they are supposed to call in with the type of cookie they are making. The Host had 12 RSVP's, and hadn't heard back from anyone else who was coming. She'd had several people say they couldn't make it though. The day of the party, 2 of the 12 called to say they were sick...so now down to 10. At the party 16 people arrived with their cookies in hand. So that means 6 people didn't RSVP, but showed up anyway. (and it couldn't have been a last minute decision, because they had to bake cookies!) Last week - a party where she was expecting 12-15 at the most....20 people showed up...closed the party @ $1445. Another party - expecting 6-7, but had 12! (this is a yearly host who is always happy with a $300 show. She's never had over $400, and will be closing her show today @ over $500!) The ONLY thing I'm doing differently is that I am having the hosts tell people about the party as soon as we book it...by email, facebook, in person, etc...and then I am sending the invites out 1 week before the party (instead of further out). That's it. I'm trying to figure out if that is the reason for this trend, or if there are other factors contributing to it. So - are others seeing this change too?