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August 3rd, 2012, 05:24 AM
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Hi, this is my first post. My name is Tami, I have a son who is turning 6 on August 25th. I was wondering if it is "tacky" to include his interests on his invitation (i.e. Beyblades, Mario Bros, Sonic, Golf ect) Only reason I ask is because I know shopping for his friends when they have parties have been a pain in the rear trying to figure out what they may like.

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August 3rd, 2012, 05:47 AM
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I don't think so! IMO it would do nothing but help! I find it SO hard to shop for kids other than my own and it would make it much easier on me to at least know what he's interested in! Even just making sure his invite is whatever he is into would help - last year Jay got an invite with The Avengers on it so I assumed the boy must like it and that's what we based gifts on!
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August 3rd, 2012, 08:09 AM
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I don't think so either. I NEVER know what to get kids for parties. My girls always say "I dunno" when I say what do they like.
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August 3rd, 2012, 01:18 PM
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I think that could be helpful.
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August 3rd, 2012, 04:17 PM
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I put this on the back of the invite::

I put on the back
Some of Dominics interests include, but not limited to:
Golf
Super Mario Bros
Sonic The Hedgehog
Beyblades
Bakugan
Books
Board Games

Enjoys playing on the beach, video games, Nick Jr.

Turn Offs: Barbies & My Little Ponies

These are just some of Dominics wishlist items, but please know your presence is the only present he really needs.
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August 3rd, 2012, 04:48 PM
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I'm probably going to be the odd one out here, but I do think it is tacky. If we are going to a birthday party, I usually just ask whatever child of mine is invited what their friend likes, and they usually give a pretty accurate answer. Not to mention that the list you provided is about 80% of the toys aimed at boys in his age range anyway, which doesn't really help, because all you have rules out there are things no one would have bought him anyway.

I have a general belief that present information should never go on an invite though, I think it is presumptuous.


To be completely honest, if I saw that I would probably take the incredibly childish route and go and buy the kid a Barbie. Which I don't think anyone would have bought him in the first place, given that it is stereotypically a girls toy.
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August 3rd, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Thats mine (and my friends) type of humor tho, which is why I put it on the ones going to my friends.
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August 4th, 2012, 05:20 AM
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I don't know, the pony and Barbie comment made me laugh out loud.
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August 4th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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I don't like using the word tacky, but I don't think it follows proper etiquette. If parents have questions about what your child likes, they'll ask you. I'd leave it off of there. Some might find it helpful, but there will no doubt be other parents who do find it in bad taste and it might even keep them from attending the party.
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August 4th, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Probably not. I',m not totally up to speed on that though as we do "no gift" parties so that parents don't have to worry about the expense of a gift. The party is his gift and we just enjoy everyone coming to celebrate.

But when my son is invited to parties, I usually call to RSVP, so I ask the parent then what their child enjoys, so putting it on the invite may be perceived as you're expecting a gift. I agree with the above that it's not really proper and personally I probably wouldn't do it.

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August 4th, 2012, 03:08 PM
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I put this on the back of the invite::

I put on the back
Some of Dominics interests include, but not limited to:
Golf
Super Mario Bros
Sonic The Hedgehog
Beyblades
Bakugan
Books
Board Games

Enjoys playing on the beach, video games, Nick Jr.

Turn Offs: Barbies & My Little Ponies

These are just some of Dominics wishlist items, but please know your presence is the only present he really needs.
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But, by putting what he likes and what he doesn't like (and let's be honest, video games are expensive so I wouldn't expect most classroom friends to be buying video games), you've already stated that you expect a gift and that their presence isn't enough. I realize you didn't SAY it, but it is implied by adding the above.

My personal opinion for what is above is to not add that to the invites. The above would probably turn me off and I'm not sure if we would attend at that point.
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August 4th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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I don't know, the pony and Barbie comment made me laugh out loud.
lol me too!!


I guess it comes down to who you're inviting and if you think you'll offend them. I would never dream of going to a birthday party empty handed so I appreciate input on what your child would like because if I'm going to buy a gift I'd like to at least buy something he/she will like! But that's just how I look at it!
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