Friday, May 3, 2013

Baby Shower Saga....Part 1

Pardon the rant, but I am LIVID!

Here's the deal:

Back in DECEMBER I contacted my apartment complex regarding holding my baby shower in their clubhouse.  I was originally told when I moved in that you could not rent out the clubhouse, however, upon looking at the website I noticed that it stated among the amenities "Beautiful and spacious area for entertaining in clubhouse."  So, I decided to call and verify and also suggest that they change their website if in fact you could not utilize the clubhouse as the wording was deceiving. After getting someone on the phone I was told that they were "pretty sure" I actually could use the space but they needed to verify.  I was put on hold and ended up speaking with a second tier manager (the one actually who originally said I couldn't rent it out).  I said, "I remember you telling me that I couldn't use the clubhouse, but the website says, etc. etc." She responded, "Oh no, you can't use after business hours." To which I replied, "I don't want it after business hours, I would like to use it during business hours for my baby shower."  She tells me, "Oh yeah, that's fine. When were you wanting to use it?"  I told her the date and time and she made it sound like she was writing it down. 

Fast forward to three/four weeks ago. My best friend is giving me the shower and called the apartment complex to verify where we were having it, get parking info and see how much liberty she would have to decorate. The woman on the phone confirmed the party, gave her info to give to my guests for parking and told her that she really couldn't do much decorating since it was already a decorated space.  We had figured that would be the case and were totally okay with that. 

Rewind to last night.  As I'm leaving my job, I get an email from my apartment complex "reminding" me of the COMMUNITY WIDE BRUNCH ON SATURDAY FROM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  The EXACT time and date of my shower. I panic, call my bestie and ask her when she last spoke to them. She tells me three weeks ago and gets on the phone with them immediately.  Long story short: the woman that I spoke to in December now blatantly denies that she spoke with me at all and told me that I could use the space. She claims she never would have done that and that parties are never allowed in that area. I took it to her manager who apologizes but says there is really nothing they can do. However, they've offered me an outdoor space that I can use (mind you it will be 39 degrees outside the night before and only 65 at the time the shower is scheduled for.) Other than that, the option is to have the shower in my tiny one bedroom apartment. As of now I have close to 20 people confirmed and another 20 that I've not heard from. People were asked to only RSVP if they could not make it so there could easily be another 20 people on top of those already coming. There is no way in the world I could fit that many people in my apartment. I am going to be doing good to fit the 20 that I have already coming!!!!!!!!

Sadly, it's too late in the game to change venues, as this is happening in 2 days. I am beyond beside myself with all kinds of emotions and actually had about an hour of contractions last night after finding all this out. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I'm done. I guess check back on Monday to find out what happens in the Baby Shower Saga.....geeze.

1 comment:

  1. I'm amazed at the hemming and hawing from people who say you can do a certain thing, then backtrack and act as if they never said it. I know that was a stressful experience, for you and your party planner, but from the pics I've seen it looks like a beautiful event.