A little girl was forced to celebrate her third birthday alone after no one showed up to her party, despite her mum inviting 27 of her friends with many agreeing to come.
Breanna Strong from the US state of Utah said she was heartbroken when no one attended the indoor playground for her daughter which features giant slides, ball pits and lots of party food.
The mum shared her devastation on TikTok this week admitting, "I wish I was making this up." She said "not a single one of her friends showed up," and filmed an empty party room. The video captures Ms Strong's thoughtful attempt of creating a fun-filled day for her daughter and her friends with pizzas, a Frozen-themed cake and individual place settings.
A quick snapshot of her daughter shows her sitting all alone, eating a slice of pizza. Ms Strong also filmed herself throwing a pizza box in the bin. "Money and time wasted. Breaks my momma heart so bad," she said. "Literally going to go home and snuggle my babies."
Outpouring of support from social me
The video has since gone viral on the social media platform with thousands expressing their own heartbreak for the three-year-old girl. In the comments, Ms Strong explained she'd sent out invites on Facebook and "7 families said they were coming". On the morning of, "three changed their RSVP," but unfortunately, the others simply failed to show.
Thankfully, the young girl wasn't too upset about her failed birthday party, her mum revealed. "She got everything she wanted. Pizza, Frozen cake and jungle gym. She didn’t know any different rather than having fun. Just shattered my heart," she said.
The clip prompted an outpouring of support for the mum and daughter with some revealing their own similar experiences.
"This happened to one of my daughters. Now I make sure we show up to everyone’s party we are invited to. I never want to see that pain for any child," one person wrote and others agreed.
Some said they've sworn off throwing parties for good with one saying, "I honestly think people just don’t attend bday parties anymore." Many said they prefer to do other birthday activities instead to avoid the devastation.
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