The parents of a 6-year-old boy whose classmates didn’t show up for his birthday pizza party said their son is over the pie-size disappointment — but they regret sharing the photo that made the story go viral. Sil Mazzini and Ted Bollinger said the birthday bash on Sunday at Peter Piper Pizza in Tucson for their son Teddy was the boy’s “first birthday party” at a venue, a chance for him to let loose with his 32 classmates. But an hour into the party no one had shown up — sending the family’s spirits into a tailspin. So Bollinger and Mazzini did what most parents would do in that situation — kept their son occupied with arcade games and pizza.
Mazzini said she sent the picture in “disbelief” when none of the “20-something” guests she had expected showed up. But Mazzini said she now wishes she hadn’t sent the photo of Teddy sitting alone in front of several half-eaten pizzas to a local news website. She says they would “love to go back in time” because they don’t want all the attention.
At least one positive thing came out of it: last night (Wednesday) the family went as special guests to watch the Phoenix Suns take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.