Hi Everyone! I was hoping for a little bit of guidance as my husband and I plan our daughter's first birthday.
We would like to request that our guests make donations to a charitable cause instead of bringing gifts to the party. I don't want to be rude and assume that everyone is bringing a gift and I certainly don't want people to feel there is an expectation of gifts. Our daughter is very blessed and has more than she needs already! We really just want to celebrate and have a great time with our friends and family. However, a birthday party is typically considered a 'gift giving event' and I wasn't sure how to handle it most tactfully.
What would be the best solution in your opinion?
1.) include wording on the invitation that reads something like, "in lieu of gifts, DD requests any generosity be directed to xyz charity"
2.) Include a separate card in the invitation with the request and information
3.) Just tell people if they ask what we would prefer
4.) say nothing at all (I don't think my husband would go for this, he's pretty adamant, but I can try!)
Also, I know we cannot dictate what people do and if someone still decides to bring a gift, I will be gracious and grateful!
Thank you so much for your input/opinions! I really appreciate it!