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When crafting adoption announcements, keep these etiquette tips in mind.

Proper etiquette for adoption announcements

Just as birth parents celebrate the arrival of their little bundle of joy, adoptive parents too wish to welcome a new addition to their family with love and fanfare. That’s why so many couples are choosing to send out adoption announcements! Like traditional birth announcements, adoption announcements let the world know about your growing family. As you prepare to send them out, keep these etiquette tips in mind:

Get the timing right
Because the adoption process can be tricky, there’s a little leeway when it comes to the timing of sending out the announcements. A good rule of thumb is to put the announcements in the mail no later than six months after your new child officially becomes a member of your family. “Officially” could refer to the date you bring your child home or the date the adoption is legally finalized – it’s up to you.

Include important dates
Traditional birth announcements always include the child’s date of birth, but adoption announcements should also include the date that you brought your child home. You can use many different phrases to accompany that date, including “Was welcomed into our family on …” and “Arrived on ….”

Add interesting information
Your loved ones may also be interested to know additional information about the new member of your family, including where they were born (particularly if they were born in another country). If the child is older, you may even want to include some interesting facts, such as what grade they are in and what hobbies they enjoy.

Allow older children to take part in the process
If you are adopting an older child, you should allow them to take part in the process of designing their adoption announcement. After all, they may have a very specific idea of how they want to be presented to the world! Plus, designing the announcements together can be a great bonding experience.

Keep these kids birthday party rules of etiquette in mind.

Etiquette for hosting a kid’s birthday party

As you get ready to plan child’s birthday party, you may begin to realize that there’s a whole host of etiquette rules you need to follow. From who should receive a birthday invitation to when you should open gifts, there are a lot of things to remember. We’ve compiled a few do’s and don’ts to make the process easier:

DO send paper invitations
While it may be tempting to set up a Facebook event or shoot off a quick email, it’s proper etiquette to send kids birthday invitations on paper through the mail. Choose an invite that matches the theme of the party. For example, if your little one loves owls, consider using this adorable Feathered Friend birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings.

DON’T feel obligated to invite your child’s entire class
Some parents worry that there’s an obligation to invite every child in their son or daughter’s class, but that’s not the case! However, if you’re only inviting a select few friends to the festivities, make sure you explain to your child that they shouldn’t talk about the party at school (and ask the guests’ parents to do the same).

DO remind people to RSVP
If you are still waiting on a few RSVPs as the date of the party draws near, don’t be afraid to reach out and confirm guests’ attendance. About a week before the party, call any families who haven’t responded and let them know you’re trying to get a head count. This will help you get the answer you need without seeming overbearing.

DON’T forget about goodie bags
Goodie bags are a birthday party staple, so make sure you put together a small bag of favors for your little one’s guests. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – just some sweet treats and knickknacks that match the theme of the party should be plenty. Be sure to add favor tags to the bags so they are consistent with the party’s motif!

Bridal shower etiquette for gift giving

Choosing the right gift for a bridal shower can be tricky, but these etiquette tips will help you choose a gift that the bride-to-be will actually want and appreciate.

1. Buy a separate gift for the shower and wedding

Guests wonder about this a lot and the answer is always yes, you should buy a gift for both the bridal shower and the wedding. It’s okay, though, though to spend less money on the bridal shower gift and to give a present that is more fun than practical.

2. If it’s a couple’s shower, give a gift that will appeal to both individuals

Not all showers are specifically for the bride-to-be. Some people choose to throw a couple’s shower, in which case both the bride and the groom are honored. If you’re going to a couple’s shower, be sure to give a gift they will both enjoy. If it’s just a bridal shower, it’s perfectly acceptable to give a gift that is specific to the bride and her wants and needs.

3. Don’t confuse the bridal shower for the bachelorette party

Bridal showers typically involve both friends and family, and giving risqué gifts could potentially embarrass the bride-to-be and make you look bad at the party. Keep in mind who will be attending the bridal shower when selecting a gift and save anything that isn’t suitable for a bridal shower for the bachelorette party instead.

4. If ever unsure, stick with the registry

Most couples have a registry for a reason – they want to you to use it. While there is no rule that says you have to buy a registry item, it is often encouraged. If you’re really close to the bride and you want to give a more personal gift, that’s okay. If you’re considering a random item you’re not sure the bride will even like, however, stick to the registry instead.

5. For large gifts, team up with other guests

If the registry lists some rather large items you can’t afford to buy on your own, it’s fine to team up with other invited guests and buy the gift together. Just make sure you have enough people who are interested in the idea before actually buying anything expensive.

Buying the right bridal shower gift doesn’t have to be impossible. With these etiquette tips in mind, you can select a gift the blushing bride-to-be will be sure to enjoy.