Birthday Parties Minus the "Gimmes"
Flush with all the toys and clothes your tot could ever want? Consider throwing a present-free party for your child's next birthday. You might have tried doing this in the past, but found that folks like getting something to commemorate a wee one's birthday and have a hard time showing up empty handed. So if you feel your guests' presence is truly the only present your child requires, you may need to suggest some alternatives.
One fun option is a book exchange. Ask invitees to wrap a book without a gift tag and take it to the party. This works with new books, or you can specify that they bring gently-used books. At the end of the festivities, each child selects a wrapped gift to take home. There's no need for party favors, and everyone has fun getting a chance to give and receive....read more on gift-free birthdays.
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