Q: How can we bring back the art of the RSVP? After half the people I invited to a party failed to reply, I called them, but I felt awkward. Some of my friends claimed not to know what RSVP stands for: Was I right to call?
A: Picking up the phone was the correct thing to do. How else could you get a head count? (Though I trust when you called, you didn’t sound too annoyed). You’re certainly not alone in your yearning for the return of the RSVP, which is an abbreviation of the French expression repondez s’il vous plait (please reply). Whether it’s not knowing what the letters stand for or simply forgetting, too many guest fail to let their host know if they plan on coming and that’s just wrong.