Do I Need to Send a Gift?

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Dear B,

I was invited to a friend’s baby shower, however am unable to attend. Do I still need to send a gift even thought I can’t make it?

Sincerely,

H


Dear H,

This is a great question, and I actually found myself in this situation recently (I’ve been on both sides of this scenario), so I can relate! On the one hand, I’ve been invited to showers before and had to decline, yet I still sent a gift; on the other hand, I invited friends to my recent shower and of those who declined, some sent gifts and some didn’t. So to answer your question, yes, in my opinion, the gracious and thoughtful thing to do is to send a gift. Think of it this way – the point of a shower is to “shower” the mother-to-be and her bundle of joy with gifts, and so it’s still appropriate to do so, even if you can’t attend. Having a baby is such a special time and one to be celebrated, and I know your friend will be beyond thrilled that you were so kind as to send a present for her little one!

Quick Tips
Etiquette

No. 1

“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”

Wedding Guest Attire Etiquette

Mad for Plaid

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Fall is the most gorgeous season in Dallas, from the patio-friendly temperatures to the breathtaking pumpkin village at the arboretum. This time of year also means we can replace our breezy cotton dresses and summer sandals with cozy sweaters, chic boots, and of course plaid. Last year I lived in classic plaid shirts by Rails (they are so soft, comfortable, and flattering) and these jeans, and I can’t wait to add a few more variations of this button down to my wardrobe. I’m also lusting after these studded black flats for fall. Enjoy!

Advice
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

No. 2

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”

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2nd Birthday Party

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Our darling and sweet son turned two recently, and we celebrated with a special birthday party in his honor (just like his mama, he loves a good party!). He adores Curious George, and so it was easy to choose a theme! We hosted the party at Little Gym, his favorite place to monkey around, and boy did the little ones have a ball tumbling and racing around the colorful gym. Guests enjoyed brisket and chicken quesadillas from our favorite mexican restaurant, followed by a sprinkle studded vanilla cake from Susie Cakes (truly this cake is heaven on a plate!). Cheerful periwinkle, red, green, and yellow balloon bouquets filled the party room, and decor from Meri Meri’s adorable Toot Sweet collection completed the table setting. Keeping with the Curious George theme, each child received a Curious George book and balloon as a party favor. Our son had the time of his life, and seeing his joy that day made us happier than words can describe. Here are a few pictures from the party, enjoy!