Too Much Gift Information In Child Birthday Party Invitation

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child birthday party invitation2It’s become popular to send online party invitations via social media or emails.  As expected, the virtual invitations (along with invitations sent through the mail) include the pertinent party information:  date, time, location, theme.  Lately, more and more invitations include the guest of honor’s interests, clothes/shoe size, etc.?   Is this information appropriate to include in an invitation?  The following Dear Abby article tackles the etiquette for including such information in a child’s birthday party invitation. 

ONLINE PARTY INVITES INCLUDE TOO MUCH GIFT INFORMATION

DEAR ABBY: My daughter’s third birthday is coming soon, and since the new thing is sending out website-generated invitations, I have noticed that it is becoming common to include the child’s interests, clothes/shoe size, etc. in the invitation.

I’m uncomfortable about including this information because I feel a child should be grateful for anything he or she receives as a gift. Am I too old-fashioned or is this tacky? If it is acceptable these days, what’s a good way to provide a child’s wish list without sounding expectant of anything? — YOUNG MOM IN SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA

DEAR YOUNG MOM: I appreciate that you want to teach your child good manners and good values. How else are children to learn if their parents don’t take the time to explain what they are?

I understand some parents try to save time by including the information you have described along with their party invitations, but frankly, it is tacky. The parents of prospective guests should reply to the invitation by asking what gifts the child would enjoy or can use.

If the invitation was issued online, the question can be asked via texting or email. However, a phone call is more personal and, frankly, more refined.

What are your thoughts on adding gift information to a child’s birthday party invitation?

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