Can I be forced to pay for a birthday party I didn’t attend?

I requested to have a birthday party at a location. It was supposed to be April.2nd, but I wrote the date down wrong and put April 9th. We ended up missing the birthday party, and I let her know what happened. She is now telling me that I have to pay for the full price of the party, instead of a fee. Is this legal? Can she force me to pay the entire amount?

Asked on April 3, 2016 under Business Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You agreed to pay for a party on April 2nd. Having agreed to pay for the party, you are required to pay for it unless the birthday location was the one that caused you to miss it. However, based on what you write, it was your own mistake; and when person A agrees to pay person B for something, and person A doesn't get that thing due to person A's mistake, person A still must pay for it. You can't get out of a contractual obligation (i.e. your agreement) due to your own actions or error.

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